Mission & Vision
The mission of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service is to:
- Foster a learning environment in which undergraduate students, graduate students, adult learners and both traditional and nontraditional students can gain a comprehensive and quality education helpful in preparing for careers in their respective fields.
- Conduct research, especially as it relates to concerns of our local and statewide constituencies.
- Offer professional services to the community, including continuing education opportunities, designed to further personal, professional, organizational, and community improvement goals.
The vision of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service is to be a college whose programs are recognized nationally for their quality and their impact on instruction, research, and public service.
The strategic plan for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) was developed in conjunction with the strategic planning processes of the university and the Office of Academic Affairs.
Thus the CPACS plan was built on the following three UNO goals:
- Place students at the center of the educational enterprise.
- Achieve academic excellence consistent with being a metropolitan university of high distinction considered among the nation’s premier state-supported institutions located in an urban setting.
- Actively engage with the community.
In addition, the CPACS plan was built in recognition of the Division of Academic Affairs goals to guide institutional decisions and directions for the future. Other goals include enhancing student recruitment, academic retention and success, preparing students for civic and professional leadership and global citizenship, responding to the opportunities and challenges of technology, engaging with our community, and maximizing research activity and the national visibility of our students and faculty.
Finally, the college plan was built in recognition of its decentralized nature which emphasizes the importance of strategic planning and program autonomy at the unit level.