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First Draft of the 2005-2010 Strategic Plan -- 8/30/04
Iowa State University's mission is to create and share knowledge to
make Iowa and the world a better place.
- Create knowledge through excellent research, scholarship,
and creative endeavors.
- Share knowledge through outstanding learning-centered
undergraduate, graduate, professional, and distance education programs.
- Make Iowa and the world a better place by preparing
students to be world citizens and leaders and by applying knowledge in
ways that improve the quality of life.
In carrying out its mission, Iowa State University is committed to
diversity in its students, faculty and staff, and access to those
excluded or impeded from realizing their full potential. Diversity
enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and prepares
students for lifelong participation in society.
Iowa State will be one of the world's leading universities in
educating students and putting science and technology to work.
Iowa State University will be home to faculty, staff, and students who
share a passion for discovery and for applying science and technology
to make a difference. Their enthusiasm and talent will attract many
partners from outside the university community. A "can-do" spirit will
permeate campus as collaborators work together to find new ways to
improve Iowa and the world.
Priorities and Goals for 2005-2010
Iowa State University has a wide range of fine programs and
initiatives that are essential to a well-rounded university. The
university remains committed to continuously evaluating, improving,
and evolving all programs. Four priority areas and accompanying goals
for 2005-2010 have been identified to achieve our aspiration and
reinforce existing strengths. Upon adoption, a work plan with specific
implementation strategies will be developed for each goal.
||Strengthen the undergraduate experience to enhance student success
at and beyond Iowa State University.
- Improve the rigor and challenge of all undergraduate programs
with special emphasis on enhancing programs for high-ability students.
- Improve students' ability to communicate effectively.
- Create an environment that welcomes students to explore a
variety of specializations and career paths.
- Increase the percentage of students from all backgrounds who
- Increase the number of students who participate in
- Enable seamless transfer of students from community colleges
to Iowa State University.
- Partner with Iowa schools to improve students' readiness for
college with a focus on math, science, technology, and communication
Increase the number of undergraduate, graduate, and research programs
known as the very best in their field, particularly in areas where the
university's strengths address critical needs and opportunities.
- Leverage the university's areas of strength and the
emerging needs of the state and nation to achieve preeminence in
interdisciplinary research areas such as biosciences, materials
sciences, and information sciences.
- Attract and retain outstanding faculty, staff, undergraduate,
and graduate students.
- Strengthen infrastructures and streamline processes that
support research programs.
- Celebrate and promote excellent programs and significant
Achieve preeminence in translating new discoveries
into viable technologies, products, and services with a focus on
fueling Iowa's economy and building a sustainable future.
- Lead the nation in the number of new patents awarded,
licenses issued, and successful business ventures initiated.
- Develop a nationally recognized program for students who
aspire to become entrepreneurs in their field, translating knowledge
into useful and marketable technologies, products, and services.
- Increase the number of faculty, staff, and students who engage
in technology transfer and entrepreneurial activities.
- Strengthen educational and assistance programs aimed at
improving Iowa's economy and building a sustainable future.
- Celebrate and promote accomplishments that improve Iowa's
Enhance the quality of life on campus and throughout
- Increase Iowa's appeal as a place to live, learn,
work, and play by working with Iowans to create and use knowledge in
ways that enrich the state's communities and resources, and improve
the health and well-being of its people.
- Provide for a well-rounded and lively learning experience on
campus including opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to
interact outside the classroom, lab, and office.
- Strengthen efforts to create a community on campus and in Ames
that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds.
- Iowa State University faculty, staff, and students are committed to:
- -- excellence in all we do,
- -- responsibility and accountability in all our actions,
- -- science with practice,
- -- collaborative problem-solving,
- -- the integration of science, technology, arts, and humanities,
- -- a diversity of ideas, peoples, and cultures,
- -- intellectual freedom, and
- -- the opportunity for all to pursue a college education.
Iowa State University was founded on the ideas that higher education
should be open to all, universities should teach practical subjects,
and faculty should share knowledge with people throughout the
state. These three ideas are integral to land-grant universities, a
new class of universities created by the Morrill Act, passed by
Congress in 1862. Iowa was the first state to accept the law's
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
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A work in progress
This draft is very much a work in
progress Still to come in future drafts are strategies and action
to achieve goals, and measures to assess the success of those