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The University of Missouri has provided teaching, research and service to Missouri since 1839. The university, the first publicly supported institution of higher education to be established in the Louisiana Purchase territory, was shaped in accordance with the ideals of Thomas Jefferson, an early proponent of higher education.
Founded in Columbia, the university had one campus until 1870, when the School of Mines and Metallurgy was established in Rolla. In the same year, the university assumed land-grant responsibilities of providing higher education opportunities for all citizens. In 1963, the university again expanded to better serve Missouri by founding a new campus in St. Louis and through acquiring the University of Kansas City, creating the present four-campus University of Missouri System.
Today, the University of Missouri is one of the nation’s largest higher education institutions, with more than 75,000 students on four campuses, a health care enterprise, and an extension program with activities in every county of the state.
A nine-member board of curators governs the university. Curators are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Missouri Senate. The board selects the president of the university. Each campus is headed by a chancellor, who reports to the president.
The mission of the University of Missouri, as a land-grant university and Missouri’s only public research and doctoral-level institution, is to discover, disseminate, preserve, and apply knowledge. The university promotes learning by its students and lifelong learning by Missouri’s citizens, fosters innovation to support economic development, and advances the health, cultural, and social interests of the people of Missouri, the nation, and the world.
The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
The University of Missouri System is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and share our collective vision of promoting inclusive learning and exploration by its students and lifelong learning by Missouri's citizens.
Together, the four campuses and system of the University of Missouri serve the people of Missouri, the nation and the world; and it is the fundamental responsibility of the university to seek and manage resources in the best interest of the citizens of Missouri.
We know that in order to continue to serve our state we must chart a course that ensures our vitality well into the future. This requires strategic thinking about the university's areas of focus and how to apply precious resources to those endeavors.
University of Missouri System Strategic Priorities
The collective strategic priorities for the University of Missouri System and its four campuses include:
Strategic Planning: The university will develop a strategic planning process to chart the future course of the university. Work began in June, 2012, at the system and campus levels to develop clear and compelling strategy statements for the next five years that: clearly articulate the campus’ objective, scope and advantage; have related metrics; drive the campus strategic goals and action plans; and are supported by a viable financial plan. Click here to learn more.
Attracting and Retaining the Best People: The university will continue to focus on investing in its people through competitive salaries, benefits and programs that allow faculty and staff to be more productive and valuable to students and the institution.
Innovative Instruction: The university will significantly expand its successful eLearning programs to further improve student success and provide access to more students. It is anticipated that this will also generate additional revenue for the university.
Operational Excellence: The university will continue to improve efficiency and effectiveness across the system through Operational Excellence Initiatives, which underpin the university’s continued commitment to serving as diligent stewards of the public and private funds invested in the system.
Expanded Research and Economic Development: The university will continue to expedite the movement of innovations to the marketplace, stimulating Missouri’s economy with the creation of new businesses and jobs. Office of Academic Affairs
Effective Communication of our Value and Importance: The university will improve its communications outreach by more effectively relaying how the university reaches every Missourian—every day.