University of Saskatchewan Policies
The University of Saskatchewan Mission Statement
The University of Saskatchewan belongs to the people of Saskatchewan. As an academic community, our mission is to achieve excellence in the scholarly activities of teaching, discovering, preserving and applying knowledge.
The University of Saskatchewan was founded in 1907, just two years after the creation of the province, to provide traditional and innovative post-secondary education to the youth of Saskatchewan. Walter Murray, our first president, supported by the people of Saskatchewan, faculty, students, staff, and politicians of both existing parties, developed a University which was guaranteed the independence necessary to function effectively. The University provided a unique blend of liberal, professional, and applied education to prepare its students to help the people of Saskatchewan build an agriculturally based province with the economic and cultural benefits of modern urban society.
One of the ways in which the University of Saskatchewan fulfilled its unique mission was by establishing colleges of Arts and Science and Agriculture on the same campus so each would influence the other. Gradually, various schools and colleges were introduced to provide Saskatchewan with educated professionals. Graduate programs were added as society's needs became more complex. Over time, the University developed affiliations with several colleges and research institutes on or near its campus.
The vision of the early settlers could not have been realized without the financial and moral support of the people of the province and the talents and efforts of faculty, staff, and students. Today, the University continues to provide liberal, artistic, and professional education, enriching the lives of the people of the province. As the province's major research institution, it has made significant contributions to all branches of knowledge, to agriculture, to health care, to resource development, and to many other segments of Saskatchewan's culture and economy. Its graduates are leaders in all sectors of society within the province, in Canada and beyond.
We, the members of the University community, are proud of our heritage. We commit ourselves to assuring its continuity, even as we give contemporary expression to our objectives and activities.
The University of Saskatchewan will be a model of scholarly inquiry, a place where all who contribute to its achievements - students, faculty, and staff - can take pride in their commitment to this centre of excellence dedicated to the service of the people of Saskatchewan and Canada.
The University will be a diverse yet integrated institution through which students and scholars interact with national and international colleagues in a broad range of academic activities.
The University will provide leadership by reflecting the demographic realities of the Province in our students, faculty, and staff.
The University's graduates will be adaptable to rapid change and be competitive with their peers around the world.
The University of Saskatchewan will initiate further interdisciplinary approaches to issues facing society.
We look forward to developing additional collaborative relationships with other educational institutions and to extending University programs to the broader community.
We are confident that we will help society become more just, culturally enriched, and prosperous.
We recognize that as the needs of Saskatchewan continue to change, creative ways to balance new initiatives with current activities will be required.
Members of the University community share certain values:
- We value creativity, intellectual curiosity, innovation, critical thinking, and knowledge.
- We value the pursuit of high academic and ethical standards.
- We value the diversity of our University community; the people, their points of view, and the contributions they make to the realization of our mission.
- We value the ideas, continuing interest, and support of the people of Saskatchewan and Canada.
- We value the University as a place of human dignity and fairness.
- We value the freedom and independence to engage in the open pursuit of knowledge.
- We value our campus as a place of inspiration and beauty.
Guided by our values, the University of Saskatchewan community will achieve its mission through these goals:
- To offer a rich array of challenging academic programs.
- To provide intellectual, cultural, social and physical activities that support the development of the individual.
- To provide lifelong learning opportunities to the people of Saskatchewan.
- To obtain appropriate human, financial, informational, and physical resources and to manage them in a fair, efficient, and accountable manner.
- To be accessible on an equitable basis to qualified Saskatchewan residents and, where possible, to others.
- To collaborate with other post-secondary educational institutions and research institutes.
- To build mutually beneficial relationships with other public and private organizations.
- To communicate with our graduates and the people of the Province, and to be open and receptive to their ideas.
- To preserve our University's heritage and to maintain the beauty of our campus.
- To advance employment and education equity through our policies and practices, and, in particular, to address the needs of Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and women.
- To ensure that our activities are consistent with environmental responsibility.
- To include a global perspective in our endeavours.
- In fulfilling our mission, we commit ourselves to three independent scholarly activities:
- To practice scholarship in teaching so we can contribute to the expansion of knowledge as one of Canada's respected institutions of education and research.
- To practice scholarship in the integration of knowledge so we can encourage innovative thinking which combines and connects various disciplines.
- To practice scholarship in the application of knowledge so we can serve society through our creativity and expertise.
Approved by the Board of Governors, 20 May, 1993