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What do you think UNT’s next mission statement should be? Tell us.

How we define our purpose and values at UNT is dictated by one overarching mantra — our mission statement. This brief, yet powerful statement captures our promise to students, defines our role as an academic and research institution, and guides our everyday actions.

We review and update our mission statement on a regular basis to ensure that it accurately reflects who we are today and what our goals are. Following the university’s recent SACSCOC reaccreditation, we’re updating the university’s mission statement to help move our vision forward.

President Neal Smatresk charged Terri Day, Vice Provost for Academic Administration, and Debbie Rohwer, Presidential Faculty Fellow and Professor/Chair of Music Education, to lead the process of engaging the university in a discussion about our new mission statement. The discussion began last summer through the Chair Academy after a first brainstorming discussion at President Smatresk’s annual Planning Implementation Workshop.

Some example mission statements developed in those sessions include:

  • The University of North Texas is a comprehensive public research university committed to exceptional teaching, discovery and service that transforms lives and helps individuals question critically, think logically, reason effectively, communicate clearly, act creatively and live ethically.
  • The University of North Texas transforms the lives of students by providing a quality education rooted in research to create successful citizens who contribute to a global society.
  • The University of North Texas transforms its students with a research-informed education that promotes their success and contributes to a culturally rich and prosperous society.

What are your ideas for UNT’s new mission statement? Please fill out the form below and submit your suggestion for a 1-2 sentence mission statement that you think best captures our role as a university, our commitment to students and our values as an organization. Please submit your ideas by March 3, 2017.

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