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Mission: We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.
Vision: To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.
Values: Academic Quality, Community, Diversity, Excellence, Integrity and Student Focus

We champion a spirit of innovation.

University Goals

Goal 8A: The university's academic policies will reflect the university’s mission, vision and values.

Goal 8B: The university will foster a climate and culture that values creativity and innovative approaches and solutions in all departments and divisions.

Goal 8C: The university will identify innovative ideas and resource those that are considered most effective at helping the university achieve our mission or vision.

Thoughts about this Core Quality

The Academics Committee of the Madison Future Commission drafted the following goal while doing its work: By 2016, academic policies for faculty evaluation and curriculum approval will be revised as necessary to 
support innovation and multidisciplinary efforts in teaching and scholarly activity. The Resources Committee suggested the following core quality: Since innovation is an important university value, we regularly evaluate the effectiveness of new and current programs and services while prioritizing resources for maximum efficiency. The Environmental Scan Team cited the importance of an innovative spirit in marking the success of any institution of higher education in 2020. Thus, this core quality on innovation was drafted.

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