University of Vermont

Cultivating Healthy Communities

Our Mission, Values and Vision


The mission of University of Vermont Extension is to improve the quality of life of Vermonters by providing research-based educational programs and practical information concerning Vermont communities, families and homes, farms, businesses and the natural environment.


Extension's guiding values comprise the following:

  • Deep respect for people and their diversity - those served and those within the organization.
  • Dedication to the stewardship of Vermont’s natural resources and the working landscape.
  • Commitment to high-quality research and outreach education.
  • Regard for the essential role of good communication - personal and technical - within Extension and with every audience served.
  • Commitment to the most efficient use of Extension’s resources to meet the educational needs of Vermont citizens and their communities.

These values underlie Extension's goals, and provide focus and inspiration for carrying out our mission.


UVM Extension will further expand its recognition as a leading resource for evidence-based education that is applied to the practical problems faced by Vermont communities.  We will grow our reputation as a proactive outreach unit of Vermont's land-grant institution (The University of Vermont) and we will be recognized as seeking to identify relevant needs and opportunities, and match them with appropriate research-centered programming. UVM Extension will be a diverse organization that teaches audiences across the spectrum, and offers programs that improve the economic, social, and ecological health of Vermont because we recognize that education is a powerful tool for improving knowledge, decision-making and self-reliance, at the individual, group or policy making level.

UVM Extension will continue to be recognized as a model of sustainable financial management. We will work to insure that successful grant writing faculty and staff are represented in all core program areas. Our funding will continue to come from an increasing variety of sources - grants, donations, and user fees - along with state and federal support. We will remain committed to offering reasonably priced educational programming to all participants and to ensuring programs are truly available to all Vermonters, through program planning that guarantees access to all.

Recognition of the "Extension brand" as providing research-based information to help individuals and groups make positive decisions and changes will grow. Educational program delivery methods will continue to include one-on-one, group settings and webinars as we match the communications method(s) (newspaper, television and telephone) and message(s) to the audience(s). UVM Extension will continue to expand the ability of the organization and the audiences to use and apply teaching and learning through a range of technology and communications abilities, to include websites, social media (such as Facebook and Twitter), a mobile computer-training laboratory, the eXtension network and other appropriate new methods that will provide high-quality service to our audiences.

UVM Extension will continue to expand and sustain its bridges between academic, business, non-profit, government and community leaders to enhance the number of successful partnerships that improve the well-being of people's lives personally and professionally.

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