Values, Vision, and Mission

Updated: Spring 2014

The Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS) was formed in 1988 to identify and bring together the distributed human and facilities resources of the Arctic research community--to create a synergy for the Arctic in which each resource, when combined with others, can result in a strength that enables the community to rise to the many challenges facing the Arctic and the United States. ARCUS provides a mechanism for the Arctic community to complement the advisory roles of other national organizations, such as the US Arctic Research Commission (USARC), the Polar Research Board (PRB), and Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC), that are concerned with the Arctic.

ARCUS is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation consisting of institutions organized and operated for educational, professional, or scientific purposes. An institution is considered eligible for membership in ARCUS if it has made a definitive, substantial, and continuing commitment to a coherent research program or course of studies leading to degrees in one or more disciplines associated with Arctic research or related fields. The representatives of member institutions constitute the Council of ARCUS and elect the Board of Directors.


As an organization that brings together Arctic researchers from differing disciplines, the essential and enduring tenets of ARCUS are summarized in the values we hold:

  • Transparency
  • Community
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Knowledge-based Decision Making
  • Engagement


Our vision describes what we aspire to be:

ARCUS envisions strong and productive linkages among international Arctic researchers, educators, communities, and other stakeholders that promote discovery and understanding of the Arctic and inform sound decisions related to the Arctic.


Our mission describes the way we serve our members and the Arctic research community:

ARCUS is a catalyst for interdisciplinary thinking, acting, and education leading to the development of highly collaborative partnerships.


  1. Clear Identity - ARCUS is the place where arctic researchers come to develop and manage interdisciplinary collaborative projects.

  2. Organizational Strength - ARCUS has a fully committed, strategically focused board and an actively engaged member population.

  3. Fiscal Stability - ARCUS enjoys a diverse stream of funding sufficient to support a wide range of programs that advance the mission.

  4. Impact - ARCUS galvanizes the Arctic research community, meets stakeholder needs, and raises public awareness of the importance of the Arctic.

Target Audience

Target Audience

Core Focus: Arctic Researchers
These can include academic, agency, industry, and other researchers.

Secondary Focus: Stakeholders
These can include Arctic communities, policymakers, industry, and other decision-makers.

Outer Ring: Arctic Literate Public
These can include citizen researchers and the general public.


View the current ARCUS bylaws here.


The ARCUS headquarters are located in Fairbanks, Alaska at:
3535 College Road, Suite 101
Fairbanks, Alaska 99709-3710 USA
Phone: 907-474-1600
Fax: 907-474-1604
info [at]

Download the 2005 ARCUS brochure (PDF - 576 KB)

View archived ARCUS federal advocacy information here.