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Policy Manual – University of Maine Mission Policy

Section 301.2 University of Maine Mission Policy

Effective: 9/23/91
Last Revised: 7/15/96; 11/15/10
Responsible Office: Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Founded in 1865, the University of Maine is a Land and Sea Grant institution and the flagship University of the University of Maine System. The University of Maine fosters learning and discovery through excellence in undergraduate and graduate academic programs, addresses local and global needs through basic and applied research, and contributes research-based knowledge to improve people’s lives.

Core Values

The University of Maine is committed to providing opportunity to all university constituencies, including students, research partners, and collaborators, regardless of background, by welcoming them into an atmosphere that honors and reflects the values and heritage of our State and Nation.  The university is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people in Maine and around the world. We promote responsible stewardship of human, natural, and financial resources, now and in the future.

Integrated Teaching, Research, and Outreach

Committed teaching propels students into new fields of learning and promotes interdisciplinary understanding along with disciplinary knowledge. Our educational goal is to develop students’ critical and creative abilities, their analytic and communication skills, and their understanding of traditions in ethics and rationality within the arts, sciences, and professions.

Internationally-recognized research, scholarship, and creative activitydistinguish the University of Maine as the state’s flagship university, where faculty and students contribute knowledge to issues of local, national, and international significance. As the state’s doctoral-granting institution, research and education are inextricably linked in our mission.

Comprehensive outreach, including public service, extension education, continuing education, and distance learning, engages learners of all ages in improving their lives and their communities. Using research-based knowledge, outreach efforts promote sustainable use of Maine’s abundant natural resources, and build intellectual, cultural, and economic capacity throughout Maine and beyond.  Through its acclaimed programs in teaching, research, and outreach, the University of Maine serves the residents of Maine, the nation, and the world.