Mission Statements

The University of Wisconsin System Mission

The mission of this system is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses, and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities; scientific, professional, and technological expertise; and a sense of purpose. Inherent in this mission are methods of instruction, research, extended education, and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth.

As an institution in the University Cluster of the University of Wisconsin System, the University of Wisconsin-Superior shares the following core mission with other universities in the cluster:

(a) Offer associate and baccalaureate degree level and selected graduate programs within the context of its approved mission statement.

(b) Offer an environment that emphasizes teaching excellence and meets the educational and personal needs of students through effective teaching, academic advising, counseling and through university-sponsored cultural, recreational and extra-curricular programs.

(c) Offer a core of liberal studies that supports university degrees in the arts, letters and sciences, as well as specialized professional/technical degrees at the associate and baccalaureate level.

(d) Offer a program of pre-professional curricular offerings consistent with the university's mission.

(e) Expect scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative endeavor, that supports its programs at the associate and baccalaureate degree level, its selected graduate programs and its approved mission statement.

(f) Promote the integration of the extension function, assist the University of Wisconsin-Extension in meeting its responsibility for statewide coordination, and encourage faculty and staff participation in outreach activity.

(g) Participate in interinstitutional relationships in order to maximize educational opportunity for the people of the state effectively and efficiently through the sharing of resources.

(h) Serve the needs of women, minority, disadvantaged, disabled and non-traditional students and seek racial and ethnic diversification of the student body and the professional faculty and staff.

(i) Support activities designed to promote the economic development of the state.

UW-Superior’s Select Mission

In addition to the system and core missions, the University of Wisconsin-Superior has a select mission:

The University of Wisconsin-Superior fosters intellectual growth and career preparation within a liberal arts tradition that emphasizes individual attention and embodies respect for diverse cultures and multiple voices.

To accomplish these ends, the University will:

Provide students with a carefully articulated and comprehensive foundation in liberal studies as a base for all degree programs.

Award baccalaureate degrees in selected fields in education, the arts and the humanities, in the sciences and social sciences, and in business.

Offer graduate programs in areas associated with its undergraduate emphases and strengths.

Extend its undergraduate and graduate resources beyond the boundaries of the campus through distance learning programs.

Expect scholarly activity, including research, scholarship and creative endeavor, that supports its programs at the associate and baccalaureate degree levels, its selected graduate programs and its special mission.

Engage in appropriate interinstitutional relationships to enhance educational and service opportunities.

Foster, with University of Wisconsin-Extension, the development of cooperative and general outreach programming and the integration of the Extension function with that of this institution.