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University Mission Statement
Board of Governors Policy 1.2.020
Revised and approved by the Board of Governors on February 19, 2003

The University of Central Missouri is a comprehensive, public university dedicated to student learning and committed to service and excellence. Through a foundation in the liberal arts, professional degree programs, personalized higher education experiences and use of current technologies, UCM prepares a diverse body of students to be lifelong learners who are proficient in their fields of study, able to adapt to a changing world and contribute to the betterment of society. UCM serves as Missouri's lead professional technology institution, and is committed to acquiring, disseminating and utilizing technology to enhance the university's comprehensive educational mission and to enrich the lives of all Missourians.

In fulfilling its mission, the University of Central Missouri:

  1. admits graduates of accredited high schools based on specific admission criteria, actively recruits traditionally under-represented students, and offers a strong merit-based scholarship program to attract highly capable students

  2. provides a learner-centered academic environment which challenges individuals to participate actively in the educational process and empowers the faculty to excel in teaching while engaging in scholarship, research, creative activities and public service

  3. offers an undergraduate foundation in the liberal arts, with an emphasis on integrating critical thinking, interaction, valuing, communication skills and technological applications into the curriculum across all disciplines

  4. provides pre-professional, professional, academic and career-oriented undergraduate and graduate programs to meet the changing and technological needs of the workforce

  5. provides in-service instruction for technical educators and other professionals needed to make Missouri competitive in a national and world market

  6. continues its historical emphasis in preparing educators for Missouri

  7. provides advanced graduate studies and research in areas of particular strength and need, and uses assessment to enhance teaching, learning, research and all university operations

  8. fosters a campus community responsive to the needs of a diverse student population

  9. provides opportunities for global awareness, and promotes an appreciation for human diversity

  10. shares human and academic resources with schools, businesses, industries and public agencies through partnerships and outreach activities

  11. serves as a cultural, artistic and information center for the citizens of Missouri


Approved by the Board of Governors on March 25, 1998
Revised and approved by the Board of Governors on February 19, 2003
Formatting updated August 1, 2007