Shaping What’s Next


As North Carolina’s urban research university, UNC Charlotte is a diverse and inclusive institution with local-to-global impact that transforms lives, communities, and industries through access and affordability, exemplary bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional programs, scholarship, creative work, innovation, and service.


To be a globally recognized, emerging top-tier research university driving discovery and innovation, while advancing student access and social mobility, nurturing talent, fostering excellence, and ensuring equity.


The University of North Carolina at Charlotte comprises a large and diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who, together, pursue the institution’s mission and vision. To frame our actions and shape what’s next, we commit to:

  • Academic Excellence: Realizing higher education’s transformational power by providing an exemplary academic experience for all students.
  • Access and Social Mobility: Providing education that has profound social and economic value and lifelong impact for students from all backgrounds.
  • Discovery, Innovation, and Creativity: Engaging in inquiry to generate new knowledge, modes of expression, understanding, and solutions to society’s most significant challenges.
  • Community Engagement: Collaborating with local, state, national, and global partners to prepare our students to be engaged and effective citizens and to promote the common good through research and service that addresses a broad range of social needs.
  • Integrity and Respect: Ensuring the highest academic, professional, and ethical standards and a collegial culture that embraces different perspectives, civil discourse, and free expression, where all University members are treated with respect, fairness, and dignity.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Eliminating barriers and creating an inclusive and equitable culture of belonging for students, faculty, and staff of different ages, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, identities, and abilities.
  • Environmental Stewardship: Pursuing sustainability and environmental justice to protect the planet through education, research, stewardship of scarce resources.
  • Performance and Accountability: Utilizing data to inform university policies, programs, and actions and to assess progress through relevant measures.