At UAB, we have never settled on merely finding what’s next—we have helped build the future through new ideas and initiatives in the classroom, the laboratory, the studio and the clinic. UAB’s vision, mission and shared values provide a foundation for the strategic plan, Forging the Future.


One university inspiring and empowering the creation of knowledge that changes the world.


UAB serves students, patients, the community and the global need for discovery, knowledge dissemination, education, creativity and the application of groundbreaking solutions. We are a leader among comprehensive public urban research universities with academic medical centers.

Shared Values

  • Integrity – We act ethically and do what is right.
  • Respect – We treat others with courtesy and civility.
  • Diversity and inclusiveness – Everybody counts every day. We actively seek varied perspectives in our decision-making.
  • Collaboration – We trust each other and work cooperatively across disciplinary boundaries in the spirit of shared governance.
  • Excellence and achievement – We constantly innovate, solve problems and improve ourselves and others through learning.
  • Stewardship – Fiscal and environmental sustainability guide our decisions.
  • Accountability – We are answerable to each other and act with the best interests of the university in mind.

Our vision, mission and values provide a framework and common language for collaboration and strategic goals that will build on our strong foundation. We serve students and patients while recognizing that we are also embedded in a vibrant community.