Mission & Vision

Mission

In pursuing its missions of teaching, research, and service, the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in a diverse world.

The University of Iowa carries out its academic mission primarily through its 11 colleges, which offer undergraduate and graduate education, professional education, and education and training in the health sciences.


Vision

The University of Iowa has authored many great stories. Building on a remarkable legacy, the people of the UI are crafting new chapters of exploration, discovery, creation, and engagement.

Ours is a narrative of resilience that extends out from the heartland toward the future, inspired by a commitment to our state, nation, and global community. With a spirit of inclusiveness and collaboration, UI faculty, staff, and students pursue excellence guided by our institutional strengths and complexity. From the humanities to STEM fields and from the performing arts to professional schools and the medical complex, our collective will to excel, to create, and to heal motivates our work. Together, we unlock human potential and prepare citizens for the future. Our strategic plan establishes priorities for realizing our aspirations.


Core Values

In planning, setting priorities, and carrying out every aspect of its mission, the University of Iowa is guided by seven interdependent commitments:
  • Excellence
  • Learning
  • Community
  • Diversity
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Responsibility

The culture of the University of Iowa has been formed through historic adherence to core values. The culture is characterized by collaborative decision-making within a community that fosters open and consultative communication.

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