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.  The UofM reviews and revises its mission approximately every five years, a process that includes campus-wide participation.  However, final authority for approving changes to the mission statement rests with the TBR. 
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. 
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.  Final Board approval of the new mission statement will take place December 2004.