CRITERION I: Mission


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Support for Freedom of Inquiry
by Faculty and Students

As part of its ongoing efforts to create a teaching and learning environment of the highest quality, the University continues to strengthen its support for freedom of inquiry by all members of the University community. The University remains strongly committed to the 1940 American Association of University Professors (AAUP) Principles on Academic Freedom. The University supports and rewards unfettered scholarship, research, and creative activities by faculty and students through a variety of programs, including Professional Development Leaves, Faculty Summer Research Fellowships, University Distinguished Professor Awards, the McKay Research Award, and summer undergraduate research programs in several of the sciences. The University also provides travel support for faculty and students to attend scholarly conferences and meetings. When appropriate and especially in the sciences, the University provides start-up funds for new faculty to initiate their research programs. The establishment over the past ten years of several applied research centers in the colleges has further helped to foster innovative and entrepreneurial research among faculty and students. Recognizing the importance of encouraging cross-fertilization among academic disciplines, the University has established and supported several interdisciplinary programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Freedom of inquiry is so integral to UNI's mission and purposes that it constitutes an explicit focus of the University's Strategic Plan. See both the 1996-2001 Strategic Plan (Appendix C; Additional information is available in the NCA Report Appendix. Print copies are available for review at UNI's Rod Library) and the 2001-2006 Strategic Plan (Appendix C
; Additional information is available in the NCA Report Appendix. Print copies are available for review at UNI's Rod Library).

Library resources play a vital role in preserving freedom of academic inquiry at any university. The Rod Library has enjoyed strong resource support over the last decade in a variety of ways, including the addition of a fourth floor, the enlargement of its book and periodical collections, the infusion and development of CD-ROM, locally-mounted databases, and Web access to remote databases.

With the emergence of the Internet and World Wide Web, the University has implemented policies regarding the use of information technology to ensure considerable freedom for all members of the University community related to access and use of the Internet and the World Wide Web.


 

Introduction

Criteria I
Criteria II
Criteria III
Criteria IV
Criteria V
Summary &
Recommendations
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