Like all Colorado public universities, UNC’s mission is established in state law. Our statutory mission notes that we:
- Are a comprehensive baccalaureate and specialized graduate research university with selective admission standards;
- Are the state’s primary institution for degree programs that prepare educators;
- Offer master’s and doctoral programs primarily in the field of education;
- Have the responsibility to offer graduate programs for educators statewide; and
- Fulfill our graduate research university mission in part with our Education Innovation Institute.
The Mission, Vision and Values adopted by our Board of Trustees are traditionally broader and more descriptive than our statutory mission. Our current Mission, Vision and Values were adopted in 2000 and previously revised in 1996. Prior to 2000, the Board-adopted mission was a general statement1 of the university’s focus on educating students and improving the quality of life in the state and region. The changes made in 2000 instead used some of the language from UNC’s statutory mission and added the following vision:
The University strives to be a leading student-centered university that promotes effective teaching, lifelong learning, the advancement of knowledge, research, and a commitment to service. Graduates are educated in the Liberal Arts and professionally prepared to live and contribute effectively in a rapidly changing, technologically advanced society.
We also revised our values in 2000. Consistent with values expressed throughout the institution’s history, they express a commitment to excellence, teaching and learning, diversity of thought and culture, intellectual freedom and equal opportunity. Academic integrity was added to the values statement in 2000.