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Mission Statement of the University


We foster in one another creativity, critical insight, empathy, and intellectual courage, the hallmarks of a transformative liberal education and the foundation for active citizenship and lifelong inquiry.



We fulfill our mission through a pervasive university commitment to provide:

  • Rigorous, intentional and experiential undergraduate liberal education for life and livelihood;
  • Strong, distinctive professional and graduate programs that build on and strengthen our proud tradition of liberal education;
  • Multicultural and international learning experiences for a diverse world;
  • Exemplary student-faculty research and scholarship that enhance teaching and learning;
  • An inclusive campus community that challenges students to develop their intellectual, personal, cultural, and social competencies;
  • Educational opportunities responsive to the needs of our communities, state, region and beyond; and
  • Academic leadership in transforming liberal education.

(Approved by University Senate, 9/2009)
(Approved by Board of Regents, 6/2010)

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