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Our Promise to Students

We pledge to provide thoughtful, coordinated and concentrated effort to maximize our investment of the human and financial resources that will result in an extraordinary Akron Experience for a lifetime for every Akron Zip.

vision 2020: a new gold standard of university performance

Academic year 2011- 2012 sparkled with several high-visibility achievements, including the advancement of the Akron Model, the completion and opening of the Engineering Research Center, and the success of student scholars and athletes. But the most significant accomplishment of the past year may be the least known to the public.

In January, the University of Akron Board of Trustees brought to fruition 18 months of institution-wide planning and development by officially endorsing Vision 2020, a new strategic plan for the University. More than 3,500 faculty, students, staff, alumni and community members provided input for Vision 2020, which delineates a new mission, vision and path forward to guide the institution’s actions toward our sesquicentennial in 2020.

The entire, massive undertaking turns upon a single, simple concept: Student success is our success.

Student success is our success.

Our Mission

To ensure student success and leverage our region’s unique assets in the creation of knowledge and application of research that benefits humankind.

Our Vision

To set a new standard for public research universities in adding economic value and enriching lives.

Our Pathways to Success

• The Akron Experience
• Globally Relevant & Distinctive Programs
• Interdisciplinary Clusters of Entrepreneurial Innovation
• Connectivity for Economic Vitality
• Campus and Community Enhancement and Engagement