ISU’s Strategic Development Plan of 2007-2011 defines its vision as follows:
The Isabela State University, a globally recognized institution of higher learning for people empowerment and sustainable development embodying excellence, effectiveness, accountability and integrity.
As embodied in the newly approved University Strategic Plan 2007-2011 (BOR Res. 44, s 2007), the University shall exert all its efforts to endeavour in programs that will empower its clients that are undertaken in a sustainable manner. These programs are attuned to global needs embodying the values of excellence, effectiveness, accountability and integrity.
Such vision guided the earlier programs and actions of the University being a major state educational institution in Cagayan Valley to respond to the development challenges confronting the region, and sustain its active role in socio-economic development in order to uplift the quality of life of the people in the province of Isabela and the Cagayan Valley as well.
Presidential Decree No. 1434, known as the University Charter, states that the University “shall provide advanced instruction in the arts, agriculture and natural sciences as well as in the technological and professional fields”. This has been the continuing commitment of the ISU since it became a state university in 1978. And, with the drafting of its 5-Year Institutional Development Plan 2007-2011, the marching order of the university is to produce professionally competent graduates in their chosen field of specialization and equipped with sound moral principles. Thus, the standing mission and its core value statements of the University are as follows:
The Isabela State University is committed to train and develop students to become professionally competent graduates who are equipped with sound moral principles; and to serve the community through research, extension and resource generation by way of inspired leadership and responsive manpower.
ISU commits itself to dispensing its functions with productivity and exemplifying its values with distinction and brilliance. Every work manifests a distinct quality and every individual persistently strives to meritoriously improve his/her performance and value system every single time.
ISU desires a far-reaching and long-lasting useful impact on every individual, every institution and on various other entities both in the local and international scenes that can be translated into a holistic growth of people, of the country and of the world.
ISU commits to being answerable to everyone, to every appropriate authority and to the laws of the land and of God in everything that it does. It submits itself to the highest principles of responsibility, responsiveness and moral uprightness.
ISU adheres to high moral soundness internally and externally. It dispenses and upholds honesty in thoughts, in words and in deeds and conducts transactions with transparency and accountability. It submits itself to the highest level of professional standard and individual and corporate wholeness. The Lord God is its icon of integrity.