Faculty Handbook: Introduction
Institutional Goals

As Arkansas’s flagship public research university, the University of Arkansas will:

  • Put students first by enhancing academic programs, creating an engaging campus life, keeping costs as low as possible and reducing obstacles to student success.
  • Be transparent and accountable to the people of Arkansas in all decision-making.
  • Increase overall enrollment while remaining the school of choice for the state’s most gifted students; provide a concomitant increase in faculty and staff.
  • Enhance diversity by attracting more students, faculty and staff from underrepresented groups and by nurturing intercultural understanding inside and outside the classroom.
  • Improve graduation rates and degree-completion times.
  • Provide highly competitive compensation packages for the purpose of recruiting and retaining the very best faculty, staff and graduate students.
  • Increase funding in both research awards and federal research expenditures.
  • Marshal the university’s expertise, programs, faculty, staff and students to grow the state’s knowledge-based economy and to address major issues confronting Arkansas and the world.
  • Provide a superior campus landscape and environment by planning for and carrying out the continuous renewal and renovation of existing facilities and the designing and building of new world-class facilities.
  • Pursue a consistent and aggressive program for the maintenance and improvement of the institution’s libraries and technology resources.
  • Promote environmental sustainability.
  • Establish and market a quality brand reputation for the university statewide, nationally and internationally.
  • Foster the arts on campus and throughout the region.
  • Expand outreach through distance education and partnerships with other institutions.
  • Grow public support and the endowment through enhanced relationships with constituents and sound investment strategies.