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Learn more about Academic Affairs' strategic initiatives, services, and resources in support of UC San Diego's mission, vision, and values. 

Mission

UC San Diego is transforming California and a diverse global society by educating, by generating and disseminating knowledge and creative works, and by engaging in public service. Guided by UC San Diego‘s first-ever Strategic Plan, the university is in the midst of a major transformation. Beyond the new buildings, there is an intellectual and cultural transformation underway that is reenergizing the student experience and sparking breakthrough research and innovation.

Academic Affairs supports the campus on its way to becoming an inclusive and welcoming living-learning environment, and a destination for art, culture, and recreation. We are preparing the next generation of global leaders and changemakers to drive innovation, fuel economic growth, and make the world a better place. 

 Values

The values that define UC San Diego create an environment and culture where:
  • Excellence in teaching, research, patient care, as well as a people- and service-oriented culture to support learning and scholarly work are the norm
  • Collaborative interdisciplinary activities that lead to discoveries, technologies, cures, scholarship, and creative work to advance and enrich society are supported
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion enable academics, students, and staff to excel and provide the opportunity for all to succeed
  • An entrepreneurial spirit that leads to agility, taking risks, and creating innovative approaches to solving problems is encouraged
  • Public engagement, sustainability, integrity, and ethics are core principles guiding our activities

 Strategic Plan 

As a public research university, we aim to have a transformative impact on the economic, social, cultural, and imaginative experiences of the communities we serve. The UC San Diego Strategic Plan articulates our shared mission, vision, values, and established our five transformational goals and four grand research themes

For details, read the full Strategic Plan or the Executive Summary.