Mission Statement

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.

Five Years Forward: An Address to the U-M Community (2007) »

President Mary Sue Coleman's inaugural address (2002) »

Vision Statement

As the University of Michigan prepares to embark on its third century, we fully embrace the legacy bestowed upon us by President James B. Angell in our first century. We are proud to offer “an uncommon education for the common man.”

We are a community of learners. We serve our multiple constituents by providing access to and participation in scholarly and creative endeavors on a vast scale. Our academic research enterprise affects the world. The University is defined by a culture of interdisciplinary teaching and research, coupled with academic rigor. We encourage our students, faculty and staff to transcend disciplinary boundaries by tackling complex and vexing challenges facing modern societies at local, national and global levels.

We endorse and promote creativity in its many facets. We recognize the arts as a human essential and a foundation that helps to define our future. We create new knowledge and share the joy of discovery, and we see information technology as a powerful means for broadening access to knowledge and exchanging ideas.

We draw from study and experience to prepare our students for leadership in a wide range of social endeavors, including government, law, education, medicine and business, reflecting the University’s many roles in contributing to good design and decision making within major domestic and international institutions.

We celebrate and promote diversity in all its forms, seeking the understanding and perspective that distinct life experiences bring. We proclaim ourselves a scholarly community in which ideas may be freely expressed and challenged, and all people are welcomed, respected and nurtured in their academic and social development.

We are committed to providing for our students and faculty international learning and teaching experiences that will prepare them for a rapidly changing global community. The University encourages intellectual and cultural exchange in other countries, and programs that deeply engage scholars from disparate areas of the globe. We support and promote student, faculty and staff immersion in local and national communities via service, learning and leadership endeavors. We nurture lifelong relationships with alumni who span the globe.

We advance health care through discovery and practice. We deliver clinical services to people within our state and the world, educate future generations of health care professionals, conduct basic research in fundamental processes of life, and vigorously advance research on the mechanisms, detection and treatment of a spectrum of human diseases. The University champions fitness, disease prevention, and policy research to advance health, quality of life, and longevity of our own community, the nation and the globe.

We stimulate economic growth and development in Michigan and beyond. The University engages in productive partnerships among academe, industry and government to sustain and grow a vigorous and dynamic economy. University students, faculty and staff embody and advance innovative attitudes and entrepreneurial spirit.

We strive to be an exemplary employer and a positive influence in our community. We provide an environment where all employees have opportunities to develop their potential, and where there is a shared passion for excellence and a commitment to respect for one another.

We dedicate ourselves to ethical and responsible stewardship of financial, physical and environmental resources. We look for tools and strategies to create and enhance sustainable practices in all facets of operations and seek to lead in the global quest for a sustainable future.

We gladly accept the challenges and opportunities confronting us and understand that the University of Michigan must change, adapt and grow to meet the needs of a rapidly evolving society. We will always focus on the horizon.