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Compliance Certification Report
Comprehensive Standards 3.1.1


Last Updated July 20, 2004
(static edition)


Comprehensive Standards 3.1.1:

The institution has a clear and comprehensive mission statement that guides it; is approved by the governing board; is periodically reviewed by the board; and is communicated to the institution’s constituencies.

The Institution Certifies Compliance: Yes

Compliance report completed by: Audit Team 3

Statement of Rationale for Judgment of Compliance:

The currently approved mission of the University of Memphis is clearly defined, published, and appropriate for an urban Carnegie Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, institution.

The University of Memphis is a doctoral degree-granting urban research university committed to excellence in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; in the discovery and dissemination of knowledge; in service to the metropolitan community, State, and nation; and in the preparation of a diverse student population for successful careers and meaningful participation in a global society. The University of Memphis remains committed to the education of a non-racially identifiable student body and promotes diversity and access without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.

This mission statement was approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) on December 10, 1999. [1] The UofM reviews and revises its mission approximately every five years, a process that includes campus-wide participation. [2] However, final authority for approving changes to the mission statement rests with the TBR. [3]

The UofM communicates its mission statement widely. It is published in the graduate and undergraduate bulletins and in The University of Memphis Magazine, the quarterly magazine to alumni, local employers, and friends. [4]

The University of Memphis is in the final stages for approval of a new mission statement as part of the Tennessee Board of Regents strategic planning process. Revisions, comments, and approvals have taken place at several levels within the university. [5] Final Board approval of the new mission statement will take place December 2004. [6]


Relevant Organizational Unit(s):

Tennessee Board of Regents; Office of the President


Supporting Documentation and Evidence:

[1] TBR December 1999 meeting minutes
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[2]

Faculty Senate minutes - October 5, 1999

Staff Senate minutes - October 21, 1999

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[3] Letters from TBR Chancellor Approving UofM Statements of Mission

1999

1994

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[4] Publication of UofM Mission Statement

Undergraduate Bulletin

Graduate Bulletin

UofM Magazine - Masthead

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[5]

Faculty Senate minutes - October 8, 2003

Memo from Faculty Senate President to Office of the UofM President

Staff Senate minutes - December 18, 2003

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[6] TBR 2005-2010 Strategic Plan Calendar
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