CHAPTER ONE: 1320
HISTORY, MISSION, GENERAL ORGANIZATION, AND GOVERNANCE
PURPOSE, FUNCTIONS, AND OBJECTIVES
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO
PREAMBLE: The definition of the mission and scope of
Idaho's public higher education system (1140) and a clarification of the
role and mission of each of the institutions making up that system (1240)
were adopted by the State Board of Education and Board of Regents of the
University of Idaho in 1983. Those documents provide direction for the
governance of the system as a whole and of the several institutions,
especially in their relationship to and their distinction from one
another. In addition, for many years UI has been guided in the
fulfillment of its assigned mission by a statement of its purpose,
functions, and objectives. The earliest such statement was adopted by the
faculty in November of 1973. The latest version, edited so as to conform
to 1140 and
1240, is set forth below. For further information, contact
the Provost's Office (208-885-6448).
C. Basic Functions and Objectives
D. Unique Functions of the
E. Specific Objectives
A. PREFACE. The highest aspiration of a
university is to imbue the human mind with knowledge, tolerance, and
vision, and to stimulate a lasting attitude of inquiry. The University of
Idaho shares this aspiration with universities everywhere. The particular
purpose, functions, and objectives of the university have been defined as
B. PURPOSE. In the widest sense, the purpose of
the University of Idaho, a publicly supported comprehensive land-grant
institution, is to serve the people of the state and nation as a major
center for the preservation, advancement, and transmission of knowledge.
Deriving from this purpose are the functions to be performed and the
objectives to be achieved through the interaction of the various
components and publics of the university.
C. BASIC FUNCTIONS AND OBJECTIVES.
founding, the functions of the university have been viewed as
threefold--teaching, research, and service. The broad objectives relating
to these functions are, respectively:
C-1. To offer undergraduate and graduate
academic programs of excellent quality in the liberal arts and sciences
and in many professional disciplines so that qualified students may
develop into responsible, thinking citizens, provided with a sound general
education, prepared for a lifetime of learning, and equipped with the
professional and technical skills needed by society.
C-2. To add to knowledge through research,
scholarship, and creative activities in both fundamental and applied
fields, and to seek ways of applying that knowledge to the betterment and
enrichment of humanity.
C-3. To make readily available to all people
of the state the results of research and the rich heritage of human
culture embodied in the arts and sciences.
D. UNIQUE FUNCTIONS OF THE UNIVERSITY.
part of the coordinated system of higher education that encompasses the
state universities and college and the public community colleges, the
University of Idaho has historically had certain unique functions.
Specifically, the university serves the state as [see also
D-1. Its comprehensive land-grant
institution, with primary statewide responsibility for instruction,
research, extension, and public service in agriculture, architecture,
engineering, forestry and wildlife, law, mining and metallurgy, and in
designated areas in the arts and sciences, business, and education.
D-2. The institution with principal
responsibility for research, research-oriented graduate education, and the
granting of the Ph.D. degree. As a concomitant of this responsibility,
UI's faculty members conduct research as a clearly defined element of
their professional duties.
D-3. The institution responsible for the
state's role as a partner in regional cooperative programs in medical and
veterinary medical education.
D-4. A center for professional education, operating
accredited professional programs in architecture, chemistry, education,
engineering, forestry, family and consumer sciences, law, music, and wildlife,
fishery, and range sciences, and also offering comprehensive programs in the
preparation of public-school teachers, administrators, and counselors.
E. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES. As a means of carrying
out its basic and unique functions and realizing the broad objectives
stated above, the university has identified the following specific
objectives relating to students, faculty members, the general public, and
other institutions of higher education:
In relation to its students,
the university will provide the opportunity and means of learning and
encouragement to develop the mind. In particular, the university
a. Maintain a teaching faculty of the
greatest possible competence and variety of cultural backgrounds, of
noteworthy scholarly attainments and promise, and motivated to teach.
b. Encourage the development and use of
effective instructional and advising techniques.
c. Foster unhurried personal contact
between students and faculty members so that the love of learning may be
d. Keep current and improve the library,
laboratory and demonstration equipment, audiovisual apparatus, and
e. Consider the needs of students as
individuals in the designing of academic programs.
f. Foster an academic environment
conducive to the students' mental, physical, and social development and
g. Provide for participation by students
in university affairs, so that they may both influence policy
determination and gain experience in the democratic participatory
In relation to the faculty,
the university will:
a. Gather a group of capable and
committed scholars into one community and assure them maximum freedom in
their academic endeavors.
b. Provide the facilities for their
continuing study and research and for their teaching.
c. Encourage the faculty to engage in
scholarly and creative activity in the arts, sciences, and technological
fields and to make the results available through publications,
performances, and exhibitions.
d. Maintain adequate salaries and other
benefits and an organizational structure conducive to good faculty
e. Foster improvement in teaching
techniques, including multidisciplinary approaches to contemporary
f. Encourage participation by faculty
members in professional and civic activities.
g. Provide for the effective functioning
of faculty governance in accordance with the principles set forth in the
university's charter and the constitution of the university faculty.
Public. In relation to the
general public, the university will:
a. Apply the benefits of knowledge by
making expert faculty available to individuals and organizations for
consultation or research on problems in the state, by participating in
continuing-education programs, and by maintaining programs of extension
and public service.
b. Contribute to the cultural life of
the state by such means as publications, symposiums, concerts, dramatic
productions, and art exhibitions.
c. Provide for and foster communication
with various segments of the public (e.g., through advisory bodies) so
that the citizenry may be aware of the values accruing to the state of
Idaho from its institutions of higher education and encourage support for
the educational system.
d. Extend all possible assistance to the
elementary and secondary schools of the state.
E-4. Other Institutions of Higher
Education. In relation to other institutions of higher education, the
a. Cooperate in the coordination of its
programs with those of other institutions of higher education so that
maximum benefit may be realized from special capabilities and unnecessary
duplication of effort may be avoided.
b. Cooperate in multi-institutional
research and instructional programs that capitalize on the university's
areas of special competence and advanced studies.
c. Cooperate in the development of
faculty- and student-exchange programs for the enrichment of the
individuals and the institution.
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