UCO's fundamental responsibility is excellent teaching. This involves instilling and fostering in students the joy of learning, the ability to think critically and a desire to achieve their creative potential.
Other major responsibilities include scholarly activities as well as research and service to students, to other individuals, and to the larger community.
A college degree should represent an education which enables its recipients to become good citizens and responsible, independent adults who embrace learning as a lifelong endeavor.
Great universities must require and encourage a free flow of information, ideas and opinions in a community which promotes social justice, values diversity and demands the highest standards of ethical conduct, mutual respect and civility.
UCO as an institution, and all its constituents, must be committed to continuous processes of self-examination and self-improvement which encourage innovation, receptiveness, and adaptation to change. UCO must also seek and maintain open and mutually beneficial relationships with its surrounding communities, and view itself and its graduates as part of an increasingly interdependent global society.