Mission and Goals Statement: University of Maryland, College Park (January 7, 2011)

Summary of Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Maryland, College Park is to provide excellence in teaching, research, and service. The University educates students and advances knowledge in areas of importance to the State, the nation, and the world. The University is committed to preeminence as a national center of research and graduate education, and as the institution of choice for Maryland's undergraduates of exceptional ability and promise.

The University of Maryland is a public research university, the flagship campus of the University System of Maryland, and the original 1862 land-grant institution in the State. It is one of 63 members of the Association of American Universities, an organization composed of the leading research universities in the United States and Canada. The University creates and applies knowledge, providing outstanding instruction and nourishing a climate of intellectual growth in a broad range of academic disciplines and interdisciplinary fields. As a land-grant institution, the University shares its research, educational, cultural, and technological strengths with the Maryland citizenry and other constituencies. Its collaborations with State, federal, private and non-profit partners promote economic development and improve quality of life.

Vital to these activities is the excellence of the University's faculty, staff, and students. The University counts the diversity of its community as among its greatest strengths. It is committed to diversity and inclusiveness in both educational and work environments. Providing equal educational opportunity; hiring and retaining a diverse faculty and staff of exceptional achievement; and recruiting and graduating talented students from traditionally underrepresented groups are institutional priorities.

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