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Strategic Plan Concept: The Engaged Institution

In its strategic plan (April 1998), the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, has identified four Key Result Areas as follows:

Consistent with these expectations, and commensurate with Iowa State's core values and culture, we will strive to realize our aspiration by embracing the concept of:

A responsible Engaged Institution characterized by:

As Iowa's Engaged land-grant university, the central theme of our new plan concept is the intersecting and integrative relationships involving:

(Strategic Plan Concept Diagram)


Iowa State believes that learning is at the heart of our University. It occurs in many contexts, and by all members of the University community. As a land-grant institution, Iowa State University is among world leaders in providing post-secondary access. However, access to success through Iowa State University will mark our commitment to enhancing learning, and it will be accomplished by providing exceptional learner-centered teaching, services, and enrichment opportunities; and by paying attention to lifelong learning needs of a learning society.


As a Carnegie I university with the tradition of Science with Practice, Iowa State believes that discovery and innovation characterized by preeminent scholarship-encompassing research, creative activities, teaching/learning, and extension/professional practice-will mark our commitment to discovery, thereby enhancing our national and international distinction. Institutional agility and interdisciplinary collaboration will allow Iowa State to undertake bold visionary initiatives with special attention to ethics and social, economic, and environmental responsibility.


As Iowa's Engaged land-grant university, Iowa State will synergistically devote its knowledge and expertise toward increased responsive and productive involvement in improving Iowa's communities and the larger society, at home and abroad. This will be marked by our commitment to sharing-to enrich and to learn, two-way partnerships with internal and external constituencies to achieve shared goals, and demonstrate the public purposes of Iowa State University.


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