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Policy Manual – University of Maine System Mission Policy
Section 301.1 University of Maine System Mission Policy
Last Revised: 11/18/96
Responsible Office: Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
The University of Maine System unites seven distinctive public universities in the common purposes of providing first-rate higher education at reasonable cost in order to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Maine. The System, through its Universities, carries out the traditional tripartite mission–teaching, research, and public service. As a System, it extends its mission as a major resource for the State, linking economic growth, the education of its people, and the application of research and scholarship.
The University of Maine System Board of Trustees, in consultation with the Chancellor, is the governing and planning body of the University System responsible for developing and maintaining a cohesive structure of public higher education in the State of Maine. As such, the Board has final authority over all matters within its jurisdiction, including all educational, public service, and research policies, as well as all personnel and financial policies. The Board provides leadership on higher education policy within the System and the State, is committed to strengthening the unique characteristics of each University’s mission, and advocates aggressively for adequate resources to support the System and its universities.