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What is Mission Excellence?

Every organization has a mission, a charter that it must fulfill or it will lose its’ sponsor(s).  UMS has a tripartite mission:  education, research and related economic development, and community service.  Our major sponsors are the State (through appropriations), our students (through tuition) and our donor community (through gifts, grants, bequests, and business partnerships).  Our sponsors expect us to deliver the best value or they will take their business elsewhere.

Mission Excellence is our term for a comprehensive process to sharpen our focus on our mission and bring increased value to our constituents.  It means focusing our scarce resources and ensuring that our systems, structures, processes, and employees are as efficient and effective as they can be.  Mission excellence is about creating an environment where faculty and staff are engaged in serving our constituents to the best of our abilities, where decision-making is done as close to the clients as competencies allow.  In short, it is about being “best in class.”

We know we have a long way to go and that this effort will take time.  We must do this work to remain both competitive and relevant in an increasingly competitive marketplace and to show that we are firmly committed to accomplishing our mission.

Mission Excellence Initiatives

Specific mission excellence initiatives are guided by the January 2012 University of Maine System Board of Trustees Goals and Actions.  This website is dedicated to communicating those initiatives that have been undertaken and are in process as part of the system-wide mission excellence initiative.  There are also links to the initiatives happening at each campus.