The Center for Communal Photosynthesis Research aspires to scholarly research based on which the citizenry is exposed to democratic ideals and taught the necessary civic virtues for living in a democratic society to uphold the moral values of societal civility. The upholding of this core values statement is depicted by the CIVILITY acronym as follows:
C: Citizenship—strengthening the civic responsibilities of the citizenry.
I: Integrity—promoting steadfast adherence to high moral principles for democratic living.
V: Virtue—promoting the quality of moral efficacy and higher values of shared democratic experience.
I: Innovation—promoting renewed commitment to civic capacity building of the citizenry and strengthening of the social fabric of democratic association.
L: Leadership—promoting the civic missions of higher education for the training of the minds of the citizenry for higher capacity building of civic virtues and fitting them for higher callings in which there is a cultivation of the intellect toward democratic responsibilities and national development.
I: Ideal—promoting the cultural values of democratic ideals for which the people live in pursuit and advancement of higher values.
T: Teaching—advancing the scientific research and educational literary publication of democratic learning, experiential learning, service-learning programs, and open access to higher education for engaging the learning energies of the citizenry toward civic character development.
Y: Young Blood—promoting the exchange of fresh, new, and vigorous democratic and civic ideas of the citizenry toward civic engagement.