...[The regents shall] make a report annually, to the Legislature...exhibiting the state and progress of the University...and such other information as they may deem proper, or may from time to time be required of them....
- University charter, 1851 Territorial Laws, Chapter 3, Section 16
Since the University of Minnesota's inception, citizens, the state legislature, the federal government, the Board of Regents, alumni, students, parents, employers, and many others have held the University accountable for fulfilling its fundamental land-grant mission of teaching, research, and outreach.
Over the years, the ways in which the University has demonstrated its accountability and its progress in meeting mission-related goals have been many—legislative reports and testimony, financial reports, accreditation reviews, and collegiate and unit annual reports to their constituencies. The University Plan, Performance, and Accountability Report is the principal annual documentation of that accountability.
The 2012 Report was presented to the Board of Regents for review at its September 14, 2012 meeting. The Board voted to accept the report at its October 12, 2012 meeting.
2012 University Plan, Performance, and Accountability Report (2.0 MB PDF)
Common Misperceptions about the U Corrected with Facts and Data from the 2012 University Plan, Performance, and Accountability Report (Handout provided at the September 14, 2012 Board of Regents meeting, 70K PDF)