Mission & Core Themes
The University of Nevada, Reno is an internationally-respected, high quality, accessible, arts and sciences university, fully engaged with Nevada's citizens, communities, and governments to improve economic and social progress
The university's mission statement explicitly reflects its institutional purpose, its mandate, and its values, as approved by the Board of Regents for the Nevada System of Higher Education:
The University of Nevada, Reno a) prepares graduates to compete in a global environment through teaching and learning in high-quality undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in the liberal arts, sciences, and selected professions in agriculture, medicine, engineering, health care, education, journalism, and business, b) creates new knowledge through basic and applied research, scholarship, and artistry, in strategically selected fields relevant to Nevada and the wider world, c) improves economic and social development by engaging Nevada's citizens, communities, and governments, and d) respects and seeks to reflect the gender, ethnic, cultural, and ability/disability diversity of the citizens of Nevada in its academic and support programs, and in the composition of its faculty, administration, staff, and student body.
The University of Nevada, Reno Mission Statement was approved in its current form by the NSHE Board of Regents on December 3, 2009. It is consistent with the NSHE Mission Statement (Board of Regents Handbook Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 1.)
The university's Core Themes derive from the Mission Statement approved by the Board of Regents. Individually, they articulate the university's central mandates in teaching, research, outreach. The mission statement also articulates the University's commitment to diversity. In fact, our commitment to diversity is a "Core Value" of the University that infuses each of the Core Themes. Thus, each theme acknowledges the university's distinct obligations as a land-grant institution committed to respecting and reflecting the gender, ethnic, cultural, and ability/disability diversity of the citizens of Nevada. Together, these themes encompass the university's mission.
- Core Theme 1: Prepare graduates to compete globally through high-quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the liberal arts, sciences, and selected professional programs.
- Core Theme 2: Create new knowledge through basic and applied research, scholarship and artistry in strategically selected fields relevant to Nevada and the wider world.
- Core Theme 3: Improve economic and social development by engaging Nevada's citizens, communities, and governments.