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Strategic Plan Goals and Characteristics

Iowa State's three strategic plan goals devolve from the plan concept illustrated by Iowa's Engaged Land-Grant University, and set the parameters of our quest to transform Iowa State into the nation's premier land-grant university:

  1. Enhance learning through exceptional learner-centered teaching, services, and enrichment opportunities
  2. Promote discovery and innovation characterized by preeminent scholarship, including increasingly interdisciplinary and collaborative activities
  3. Engage with key constituents through synergistic sharing and partnership of knowledge and expertise to address needs of communities and society

These overriding goals intersect with each other to fully reflect the characteristics of our Engaged land-grant university. Thus, it is important to illustrate both the individual characteristics of each goal, and their intersecting and integrative relationships.

Common to all three goals, we will particularly attend to:

At the intersection of Goal 1 and Goal 2, we will particularly attend to:

At the intersection of Goal 1 and Goal 3, we will particularly attend to:

At the intersection of Goal 2 and Goal 3, we will particularly attend to:

These University-wide goals and characteristics provide the overall framework for the strategic plans for each of the units within the University-Provost (including each academic college), Business and Finance, Student Affairs, and External Affairs-working in concert to realize Iowa State's aspiration. Thus, reflecting their respective missions and goals, the various units will develop their own strategic plans consistent with the overall framework of the University plan.

Within this overall concept, Iowa State University describes its strategic plan goals along with characteristics that follow.

Goal 1: Enhance learning through exceptional learner-centered teaching, services, and enrichment opportunities

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.

The predominant characteristics of this goal will be:

Goal 2: Promote discovery and innovation characterized by preeminent scholarship, including increasingly interdisciplinary and collaborative activities

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.

The predominant characteristics of this goal will be:

Goal 3: Engage with key constituents through synergistic sharing and partnership of knowledge and expertise to address needs of communities and society

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.

The predominant characteristics of this goal will be:

 


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