Mission and Role of the University

January 19, 1994

WHEREAS, the Trustees of Indiana University have responsibility for the mission and role of the University and each of its campuses,

The Trustees, therefore, affirm that:

  1. The mission of Indiana University is to provide high quality educational opportunities for men and women from Indiana and throughout the world through a community of scholars actively engaged in teaching, research, and public service.
  2. A unique aspect of Indiana University is the concept of the core campus, which emphasizes the significance and complementarity of Bloomington and Indianapolis. That concept was at the heart of the 1974 reorganization. It recognizes that the historical nucleus of Indiana University is the Bloomington campus, which is a center of research and graduate education, as well as the primary residential campus. The concept also recognizes the key metropolitan role of the Indianapolis campus with a broad range of academic programs in the State’s capital and largest city.
  3. At the same time, each of the campuses of Indiana University is essential to the strengths of the University. For purposes of academic peer comparison, the appropriate current categorizations of the other campuses under Indiana University’s administrative authority are “Comprehensive Institutions” (Indiana University Northwest, Indiana University South Bend, and Indiana University Southeast) and “General Baccalaureate Institutions” (Indiana University East and Indiana University Kokomo), as those national categories are defined by the AAUP (Association of American University Professors).
  4. Through the University Policies Committee, the Trustees will work closely with the University administration and chancellors of all the campuses in defining the mission and role of each campus.

Unanimously approved on motion duly made and seconded.