PDF version of the plan.
Detailed action plans to carry out the strategic plan goals are under development.
Our Land-Grant Heritage
Iowa State University was founded on the ideals that higher education should be accessible to all and that the university should teach liberal and practical subjects. These ideals are integral to the land-grant university, a special class of university created by the Morrill Act, passed by Congress in 1862. Iowa was the first state to accept the law's provisions. Iowa State University subsequently pioneered the idea of Extension -- extending the university's knowledge to people throughout the state.
Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.
In carrying out its mission, Iowa State will increase and support diversity in the university community. Diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and prepares students for lifelong, productive participation in society.
Create knowledge through world-class scholarship in teaching, research, and creative endeavors.
Share knowledge through outstanding undergraduate, graduate, professional, and outreach programs.
Apply knowledge to improve the quality of life for current and future generations.
We accomplish our mission:
Iowa State University will be the best at advancing the land-grant ideals and putting science and technology to work.
Students will become broadly educated, global citizens who are culturally informed, technologically adept, and ready to lead. Faculty and staff will share a passion for creating, sharing, and applying knowledge to improve lives world-wide.
Collaborations among partners both inside and outside the university community will flourish. The spirit of Iowa State University will be evident in the integration of the sciences and humanities and in the energy and creativity of its people.
Iowa State is a leading international, comprehensive university with a wide range of dynamic and diverse programs and initiatives. The university commits to continuously evaluating, improving, and evolving these programs as well as exploring and innovating new areas of inquiry and application.
Five priority areas and accompanying goals for 2005-2010 have been identified to reinforce existing strengths and pursue our vision.
Strengthen undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to enhance student success at Iowa State University and beyond.
Increase the number of graduate, professional, and research programs that are among the very best -- especially in areas that build on university strengths and address local and global critical needs.
Translate discoveries into viable technologies, products, and services to strengthen the economies of Iowa and the world.
Elevate the state's appeal as a place to live, learn, work, and play.
Ensure that the university is a great place to learn and work.
Iowa State University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive University, is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university is a member of the Association of American Universities and the National Association of State Universities & Land-Grant Colleges.
Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity,sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. Vietnam Era Veteran. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 3680 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.