Alabama's Public Liberal Arts University

About Montevallo

Institutional Mission, Vision, and Strategic Themes

The University of Montevallo’s Mission Statement:

The overriding mission of the University of Montevallo, unique in higher education in Alabama, is to provide to students from throughout the state an affordable, geographically accessible, "small college" public higher educational experience of high quality, with a strong emphasis on undergraduate liberal studies and with professional programs supported by a broad base of arts and sciences, designed for their intellectual and personal growth in the pursuit of meaningful employment and responsible, informed citizenship.

-- set forth in 16-54-3 of the Code of Alabama 1975

The University of Montevallo’s Vision Statement:

For undergraduates, our vision is to offer academically capable students from all sociodemographic backgrounds an affordable, life-enriching "honors college" experience stressing community service and global awareness, all within an atmosphere of national historic beauty and a tradition of innovative cultural expression. Our vision for graduate students builds on this undergraduate foundation, using traditional and innovative instructional methods to foster growth in specialized skills and knowledge required by practicing educators, counselors, speech-language clinicians, scholars in the humanities, and other professional leaders, within a nurturing environment steeped in the unique "Montevallo experience."

-- adopted by the Board of Trustees, November 2, 2007

Strategic Themes (approved by the Board of Trustees, Nov. 7, 2008)

  1. The University of Montevallo should promote the development of a learning environment directly supportive of its statutory mission as Alabama’s public liberal arts university.
  1. The constituencies and programs of the University of Montevallo should reflect the international character and demographic diversity required of a modern liberal arts university.
  1. The physical infrastructure of the University of Montevallo should enhance student learning; aid in recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff; and showcase our National Historic District and the original Olmsted plan.
  1. In addition to the traditional inflow of revenues from tuition, fees, government appropriations, and gifts made possible through the U. M. Foundation’s annual fund drive, the SPC recommends that the University augment resources through the completion of a successful capital campaign and the establishment of complementary revenue streams.
  1. The University should strengthen its identity with the external community and should strengthen current partnerships and establish new partnerships with key stakeholders. Innovative technologies should be used where appropriate.