Each institution of the University of Wisconsin System shares in the mission of the System.
The mission of the System is to develop human resources, to discover and disseminate knowledge, to extend knowledge and its application beyond the boundaries of its campuses, and to serve and stimulate society by developing in students heightened intellectual, cultural, and humane sensitivities; scientific, professional, and technological expertise; and a sense of value and purpose. Inherent in this broad mission are methods of instruction, research, extended education, and public service designed to educate people and improve the human condition. Basic to every purpose of the System is the search for truth.
In addition, the University of Wisconsin Colleges has the following select mission:
The University of Wisconsin Colleges, as part of the University of Wisconsin System, shares the University's overall responsibility to disseminate knowledge, expand information, enrich our culture, and to provide outreach services. These activities are carried out at the 13 locally-owned campuses which, collectively, are the freshman-sophomore liberal arts transfer institution of the University of Wisconsin System, entitled to offer a general education associate degree. Its programs aim to provide qualified students of all ages and backgrounds with the proficiencies and breadth of knowledge that prepare them for baccalaureate and professional programs, for lifelong learning, and for leadership, service, and responsible citizenship.
To carry out its select mission, the University of Wisconsin Colleges commits itself to the following goals: