Mission and Goals Statement: University of Maryland, College Park

Approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Dec 16, 2015

The mission of the University of Maryland, College Park is to provide excellent 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 being a preeminent national center for research and for graduate education, and 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 62 members of the Association of American Universities, comprising the leading research universities in the United States and Canada. The University creates and applies knowledge, nourishing a climate of intellectual growth and providing outstanding instruction and 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. The University offers faculty and students a vibrant ecosystem that nurtures and encourages innovation and entrepreneurship in a variety of ways. As a public flagship campus, the university is committed to providing high quality educational opportunities that are affordable by all students regardless of family income.

The excellence of the University’s faculty, staff, and students is vital to these activities. The University counts the diversity of its community as among its greatest strengths and integral to its mission of excellence, and 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, recruiting and graduating talented students from traditionally underrepresented groups, and providing a supportive climate for their health, well-being, and professional growth are institutional priorities.

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