The year after the founding of Indiana University in 1820, Thomas Jefferson wrote of the “value of science [that is, of knowledge] to a republican people, the security it gives to liberty by enlightening the minds of its citizens, the protection it affords against foreign power, the virtue it inculcates, [and] the just emulation of the distinction it confers on nations foremost in it.” He could have been writing today. A welleducated population remains the only firm foundation for the security, prosperity, and well-being of states and nations, especially in challenging times, and the quality and reach of public higher education in the United States remains the envy of the world. The Indiana University Regional Campuses are an essential element of higher education in the state of Indiana, providing both the quality and reach necessary to build a well-educated population. The Regional Campuses of Indiana University pursue Jefferson’s foundational vision for public higher education in Indiana through a shared mission:
The Regional Campuses of Indiana University, individually and collectively, advance the overall mission of Indiana University by providing an excellent, accessible, and individually tailored education to Hoosier students throughout the state, who have a wide range of preparation and life circumstances; and by participating actively in the economic, social, and cultural life and development of their communities and regions. The Regional Campuses emphasize students’ success in their studies and preparation for success in their subsequent careers. The Regional Campuses are essential to the goal of the State of Indiana to increase substantially the attainment of baccalaureate and selected postbaccalaureate degrees in the state.