Mission, Vision, Design Principles

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UM's mission, vision, and design principles provide the foundation for strategic thinking and planning. The vision and design principles emerged from work done by the University Design Team in 2020-21.



The University of Montana transforms lives by providing a high-quality and accessible education and by generating world-class research and creative scholarship in an exceptional place. We integrate the liberal arts and sciences into undergraduate, graduate and professional studies to shape global citizens who are creative and agile learners committed to expanding the boundaries of knowledge and to building and sustaining diverse communities.


The University of Montana will be a Flagship for the Future, fostering inclusive prosperity and democracy while creating new knowledge and ways of learning.

We are a public research institution with doors open to all, built on a 128-year-old promise to transform lives and create pathways to meaningful success. We embrace curiosity and experimentation to meet the demands of a rapidly changing landscape while preserving the hallmarks of a holistic education. We recognize the unique capacity of each individual to affect meaningful community change and we champion the vital role of higher education to nurture a healthy democratic society.

Design Principles

Six design principles guide UM’s ongoing efforts to be a flagship for the future. Together, these provide a lens through which we continually shape UM as a model for 21st Century public education.


UM is a platform for vital research and lifelong learning that promotes connections between the classroom, the workplace and the broader community.


UM tackles important problems at the intersection of traditional disciplines and diverse perspectives.


UM is a curious and creative community that generates impactful research and learning.


UM seeks the benefits of diversity and multiple ways of knowing by encouraging the full and equal participation all.


UM seeks a global and inclusive understanding of humanity in addressing the world’s most challenging problems.


UM recognizes that innovation is inherently interdisciplinary and integrative, forged in inquiry and collaboration.