UI students, alumni fight to keep term “flagship” in mission statement

University of Idaho students and alumni are spearheading a campaign to reverse a decision by the state Board of Education to strike the word “flagship” from the school’s mission statement.

The state Board approved mission statements last week for all of Idaho’s public universities. However, board members feared the term “flagship” gave UI prominence over the state’s other schools and the word was removed.

The school’s alumni association is calling on members to express their disappointment with the decision. Student body president Samantha Perez has also collected 2,800 signatures on a petition.

The university, Idaho’s oldest, formally added “flagship” to its mission statement last year, though school officials have long used the term. (AP)

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