Our Mission, Vision and Values

Our Mission, Vision and Values

The University of Kentucky aspires to global recognition as a nationally ranked public institution, focused intently on addressing the challenges confronting the Commonwealth it has served for nearly 150 years.

UK in 2020:
A World of Opportunity
Focused on Kentucky
Nationally Regarded … A Global Impact

In an era of tremendous change and challenge, UK must build on its strengths as the Commonwealth's indispensable institution: the state's public flagship, land-grant university. Against that backdrop, UK must continually honor its historic legacy, while seeking transformation to meet the moral and financial imperatives of a new era in American higher education.


UK will honor its past and shape the future by continuing to support a vibrant undergraduate learning community, advancing a high quality graduate and professional educational experience that prepares tomorrow's scholars, cultivating a robust research environment that extends and enhances life, developing a strong and sustainable campus infrastructure, fostering a positive work environment for faculty and staff and ensuring that our efforts have a meaningful impact on the broader community we serve

Our Guiding Principles

Through these focused initiatives and intentional efforts, UK will fulfill the promise we have made to Kentucky, one that honors our land-grant mission and a heritage honed over 150 years of service to the Commonwealth.

Six principles will guide our efforts in forming a strategic plan:

  • Creating a Vibrant Undergraduate Learning Community

    Redefine, aggressively but intentionally, undergraduate education using innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to create a distinctive, premier, affordable learning experience.

  • Advancing a High Quality Graduate and Professional Education Portfolio

    Develop sustainable high-quality graduate and professional degree programs both within and across disciplines,  recognizing that the challenges confronting Kentucky and success with future priorities will require collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches.

  • Cultivating a Robust Research Environment

    Continue to establish UK as a hub for research and creative work in partnership with industry, government agencies and other pre-eminent universities.

  • Developing a Strong and Sustainable UK Infrastructure

    Revitalize the core of campus and develop a strong and sustainable financial system to support our students, faculty and staff

  • Fostering a Positive Work Environment for Faculty and Staff

    Promote a meaningful, collaborative, positive work environment for our faculty and staff by identifying ways to invest in people and to promote quality and diversity.

  • Ensuring a Meaningful Impact on the Commonwealth and the Community

    Determine the most impactful ways to serve the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and identify outreach and engagement activities that will make a positive impact on our community.

Our Mission

The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. As Kentucky's flagship institution, the University plays a critical leadership role by promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.


Our Values

Mutual respect and human dignity
Diversity and inclusion
Academic freedom
Personal and institutional responsibility and accountability
Shared governance
A sense of community
Work-life sensitivity
Civic engagement
Social responsibility