Mission, Vision and Values
Note: UNO's strategic plan includes proposed revisions and additions in bold.
As both a Metropolitan University of distinction and a Carnegie Doctoral Research Institution, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally and globally.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is recognized as the premier Metropolitan University throughout the United States and the world.
a. Excellence: focusing on exceptional education, groundbreaking research, and the life-long success of our students.
b. Engagement: strengthening our community through the transformative power of shared resources, respectful collaboration and sustained partnerships.
c. Inclusion: creating an environment that is welcoming, open and diverse, committing to the accessibility of our campus and academic programs, and ensuring a respectful and safe campus environment.
d. Discovery: fostering a culture of critical thinking and creativity, and upholding the pursuit and exchange of knowledge
e. Integrity: embodying the highest professional and ethical standards and achieving institutional quality through data-driven decision-making.
f. Maverick Spirit: exemplifying strength, resilience, curiosity, independent thinking, and entrepreneurism in our everyday deeds and collective endeavors.
The Metropolitan University Mission
What is a metropolitan university?
The “Metropolitan University,” defined in its simplest terms, is an institution that accepts all of higher education’s traditional values in teaching, research, and service, but takes upon itself the additional responsibility of providing engaged leadership within the metropolitan region by using its human and financial resources as partners to improve the region’s quality of life.”
The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) and the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (CUSU) apply set criteria to such institutions in the United States:
Location in a major metropolitan area with populations of more than 450,000.
Our City (Omaha):
Dedication to Excellence
Dedication to achieving excellence through teaching, research, and public service.
Diverse student body reflects the demographic composition of the region.
Responsiveness and service to the local region while striving for national excellence.
Serves the region by providing an educated citizenry and workforce, as well as a cultural and intellectual resource.
Engages in partnerships with other local organizations.
Nebraska's Metropolitan University
UNO is dedicated to the city and state in our name. As the University of Nebraska's metropolitan university campus, no fences or barriers separate students from the opportunities offered by the greater Omaha area.
We address real issues, providing relevant learning opportunities which uniquely prepare our graduates as professionals and active members of their community. As a good neighbor, for more than a century, we actively engage in the teaching, research, service, culture, and economy of the region and strengthen the quality of life in Omaha.
Success at UNO means success for Omaha, and success for Omaha means success at UNO.
All of this is what a “Metropolitan University” identity means to the Mavericks of UNO.
The history of UNO has been a powerful guiding force. Our past fuels our pride and shapes the comprehensive metropolitan university we've become. We were built on a commitment to provide a rigorous, relevant and affordable education that meets the diverse needs of traditional and nontraditional students. UNO has been and always will be driven by the extraordinary connection to and partnership with the city of Omaha.
Since its inception in 1908, the University of Nebraska Omaha has been firmly anchored in the community, forging partnerships with business, education, government, arts and civic organizations. UNO has long set the pace for accessible higher education in Nebraska and continues to offer an academically rigorous experience to a diverse student body.
Omaha is more than simply our location; the city truly functions as part of the UNO campus. With a population of more than 1.2 million within a 50-mile radius, Omaha is integral to what UNO is as a university and offers unlimited opportunities for collaboration. UNO and Omaha enjoy a dynamic, fruitful, long-term partnership with a shared goal: changing the lives of students and residents while enriching the global community.
Students find internships, careers and other opportunities in the heart of Nebraska's largest city. Omaha is home to four Fortune 500 companies including Berkshire Hathaway, Mutual of Omaha, Peter Kiewit, and Union Pacific.
Our Campus. Otherwise Known as Omaha.
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