Vision and Mission
The merger of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts and the College of Natural Sciences became effective in 2011, along with other reorganizational plans at UNI. Because the two colleges provided the vast majority of UNI's liberal arts core courses, the time was right to bring the colleges together with the goal of developing new, integrated programs to serve the needs of UNI students and the state, according to UNI Provost Gloria Gibson. "At the heart of the merger is the belief that from two colleges can emerge a strong, innovative and creative unit," Gibson stated.
A number of work groups, consisting of faculty from each of the colleges, formulated recommendations on topics ranging from curriculum to technology. One of these groups is developing a statement on the mission and vision of the combined college. Despite the fact that the statement is not yet completed, clearly the mission and vision of the new college is aligned with that of the university: "to be a distinguished arts and sciences university with an outstanding teacher education program."