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August 2007






PREAMBLE: On March 3, 1983, when the State Board of Education and Board of Regents of the University of Idaho adopted the statement of the mission and scope of the system of public postsecondary education (see 1220), it also approved statements of the role and mission of each of the institutions that make up the system (see also 1320).  That statement was revised on October 28, 1983 and again on January 23, 1991.  On April 21, 1998 a completely new  set of role and mission statements was adopted by the Board, retaining much of the substance of the former statement.  [In this version a certain amount of renumbering has taken place and certain headings added for the convenience of the reader.  The institutions are listed alphabetically by their official names.]  In every case the ‘Programs and Services’ section for the various institutions is listed in order of emphasis.  For further information, contact the Provost's Office (208-885-6448).




    A-1. Goals of the State Board/Board of Regents

    A-2. Vision of the State Board/Board of Regents

    A-3. Role of the Institutions

    A-4. Statement of Cooperation


B. Role and Mission Statements

    B-1. University of Idaho

    B-2. Other State Institutions


A-1. Goals of the State Board of Education/Board of Regents. The goal of the State Board of Education is to provide an effective, integrated educational system which serves the needs of all Idahoans. The Idaho postsecondary educational system is comprised of Boise State University, the College of Southern Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Idaho State University, Lewis-Clark State College, North Idaho College, and the University of Idaho. There are programs at each institution which have been developed as areas of emphases and which may become statewide. The colleges and universities have consciously displayed their emphases of these programs through the selective allocation of funds, the attraction of qualified faculty, the attainment of recognition such as specialized program accreditation, and the production of qualified graduates. These special academic and applied technology emphases shall be encouraged to flourish until there is conclusive evidence that any program should be altered.  As an integral part of its mission statement, each institution will designate areas of primary emphasis. These programs shall constitute the highest priorities for funding support and maintenance of instructional excellence.

A-2. Vision of the State Board/Board of Regents. Our vision is to improve the education system to a level of effectiveness that allows all learners to develop their full potential as individuals and contributors to society.

A-3. Role of the Institutions. The role of the institutions is to provide a wide variety of educational, training, research, continuing education and service programs to meet the personal and professional needs of Idaho citizens and Idaho employers.
A-4. Statement of Cooperation. In order to increase student access and to provide efficient use of resources, the institutions shall collaborate in hosting programs and cooperate to meet the educational needs of all Idahoans, including those who are at a distance from campus.


a. Type of Institution.  The University of Idaho is a high research activity, land-grant institution committed to undergraduate and graduate-research education with extension services responsive to Idaho and the region’s business and community needs. The university is also responsible for regional medical and veterinary medical education programs in which the state of Idaho participates. [ed. 8-07]

The University of Idaho will formulate its academic plan and generate programs with primary emphasis on agriculture, natural resources, metallurgy,  engineering, architecture, law, foreign languages, teacher preparation and international programs related to the foregoing. The University of Idaho will give continuing emphasis in the areas of business, education liberal arts and physical, life, and social sciences, which also provide the core curriculum or general education portion of the curriculum. [ed. 8-07]

b. Programs and Services.*

Baccalaureate Education:  Offers a wide range of baccalaureate degrees and professional programs.

Graduate-Research:  Offers a wide range of masters, doctoral and professional programs and also coordinates and conducts extensive research programs that are consistent with state needs.

Extension Services:  Continuing Education and Distance Learning:  Supports extension offices throughout the state in cooperation with federal, state and county governments, provides life-long learning opportunities and uses a variety of delivery methods to meet the needs of select, yet diverse constituencies in the state and region.

Associate Education:    None

Certificates/Diplomas:   Offers academic certificates representing a body of knowledge, that do not lead to a degree. [add. 8-07]

Technical and Workforce Training:   None

*Programs and Services are listed in order of emphasis.

c. Constituencies Served.  The institution serves students, business and industry, the professions and public sector groups throughout the state and nation as well as diverse and special constituencies. The university also has specific responsibilities in research and extension programs related to its land-grant functions. The University of Idaho works in collaboration with other state postsecondary institutions in serving these constituencies. [ed. 7-00]

B-2. OTHER STATE INSTITUTIONS:  All other mission statements for Idaho state institutions can be accessed through their main Web site given below:

a.  Boise State University:

b.  College of Southern Idaho:

c.  Eastern Idaho Technical College:

d.  Idaho State University:

e.  Lewis-Clark State College:

f.   North Idaho College:


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