The parties recognize that the goal of the University is the attainment of the highest possible standards of academic excellence in the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge, to be achieved principally through teaching, scholarship, research and public service. The parties have respect for and confidence in the collegial decision making processes described in this Agreement. The parties recognize the need for the successful operation of the University as a public institution of higher learning and pledge to co-operate within the purpose and scope of this Agreement and to encourage a climate of freedom, responsibility and mutual respect.