The University of Iowa

Faculty Handbook: University Mission and Goals


The University of Iowa is to attract the most talented faculty, staff, and students; to provide an environment where they can discover and fulfill their potential; and thereby to realize its promise, which is to become one of the ten most distinguished public universities in the country.


Upon founding The University of Iowa in 1847, Iowa’s first legislature entrusted it with a threefold mission of teaching, research, and public service. In pursuing that mission today, the University seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to educate students for success and personal fulfillment in an increasingly diverse and global environment.


The University strategic planning goals, along with its aspiration, mission, core values, and strategies and indicators related to each of the goals, are articulated in The Iowa Promise: A Strategic Plan for The University of Iowa, 2010-2016.