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Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and
the world a better place.
- Create knowledge through excellent scholarship in
teaching, research, and creative endeavors.
- Share knowledge through outstanding, learning-centered undergraduate,
graduate, professional, and outreach programs.
- Apply knowledge to improve the quality of life for current and future
- 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.
We accomplish our mission:
- through collaboration and cooperation,
- with honesty and integrity, and
- with sensitivity and responsiveness to the needs of our state,
and the world.
- the land-grant ideal,
- a diversity of ideas, peoples, and cultures,
- intellectual freedom, and
- excellence in all we do.
The Land-Grant Ideal
Iowa State University was founded on the principles that higher education
should be accessible to all and that the university should teach liberal and
practical subjects. These principles 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
Iowa State University will be the best at advancing the
land-grant ideal and putting science and technology to work.
Students will become well-rounded, global citizens who are
technologically proficient, culturally informed, and ready to lead. Faculty
and staff will share a passion for creating, sharing, and applying knowledge
to improve lives. Collaborations with partners both inside and outside the
university community will flourish. The spirit of Iowa State University
will be evident in the energy of its people and the creativity of their
Priorities for 2005-2010
Iowa State is an internationally recognized, 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
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 and beyond Iowa State University.
- Improve the rigor and challenge of all academic programs.
- Improve students' critical thinking and communication skills.
- Increase students' awareness of global, cultural, and diversity
- Create an environment that welcomes students to explore a variety of
specializations and career paths.
- Increase interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities, such
as learning communities, service learning, internships, research
experiences, and international exchanges.
- Enhance programs for high-ability students.
- Partner with K-12 schools and community colleges to facilitate student
success at Iowa State University.
- Enhance services to enable students to find careers in Iowa and
- Develop, recognize, and reward excellent teaching.
- Enrollment of Iowa high school and community college graduates
- Undergraduate student persistence, graduation rates, and time to
graduation by gender, race/ethnicity, first generation college students, and
- Graduate student persistence, graduation rates and time to
- FTE students by gender and race/ethnicity.
- National Student Survey of Student Engagement which includes multiple
measures related to academic challenge, active and collaborative learning,
student faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences (diversity,
experiential learning, foreign language, study abroad, learning communities,
etc.), and the campus environment.
- Participation in special learning opportunities: honors, learning
communities, study abroad, internships, research experiences, etc.
- Post-graduation status of undergraduate and graduate students including
employment, GRE scores and admission to graduate school, location,
reflection on ISU experience.
Increase the number of graduate, professional, and
research programs that
are among the best - - especially in areas that build on university strengths
and address critical needs and opportunities.
- Recruit and retain outstanding faculty who are or will be leaders in
- Increase the number and elevate the overall quality of graduate
- Leverage strengths in science and technology to enhance research and
scholarly excellence with emphasis on interdisciplinary initiatives
involving biological, materials, and information sciences.
- Enhance areas of excellence in the arts, humanities, and social sciences
that build on and complement the university's unique strengths.
- Improve facilities and support services for research.
- Enhance the visibility of outstanding faculty members and staff,
research accomplishments, and graduate and research programs.
- Number of books, refereed articles, book chapters, and reviews
- Number of refereed performances, exhibitions, commissions,
- Graduate student enrollment and average GRE score of graduate students
- External sponsored funding: total, amount per tenured/tenure eligible
faculty member, percentage of tenured/tenure eligible faculty receiving
external sponsored funding, and amount for collaborative projects.
- Average faculty salary by rank.
- Net assignable square footage of research space per FTE faculty.
- Number of citations of ISU faculty.
- National Research Council rankings.
- Survey of faculty and staff on satisfaction with support of and space
- Association of Research Libraries ranking and statistics.
Translate discoveries into viable technologies,
products, and services to strengthen Iowa's economy.
- Expand the use of intellectual property developed at Iowa State
- Strengthen educational and outreach programs aimed at Iowa's economic,
workforce, and technology development.
- Foster an environment in which faculty, staff, and students can readily
engage in transfer of technology and entrepreneurial activities.
- Number of new businesses ventures initiated.
- Participation in educational and outreach programs aimed at Iowa's
economic, workforce, and technology development.
- Number of licenses and options executed.
- Number of invention disclosures received per $10 million of
- Number of companies and employees currently in or who started in the
ISU research park.
- Status of and participation in courses and programs that foster
technology transfer and entrepreneurship.
Partner with Iowans to enhance the state's appeal as a
place to live, learn, work, and play.
- Strengthen our connections and communications with Iowans to better
identify and address important issues.
- Enhance the vitality of Iowa's communities and well-being of its
- Promote the wise use of Iowa's resources and build a sustainable
- Expand learning opportunities for Iowans of all ages.
- Number of credit and non-credit course registrations in distance and
continuing education by age.
- Number of contacts made by Cooperative Extension Services.
- Number of other contacts made through conferences, web sites, or
- Monitor Iowans on their experience with and perception of Iowa State
University and its responsiveness to the needs of people, communities, and
the state's environment.
Ensure that the university is a great place to learn and
- Expand the diversity of people, ideas, and cultures, and nurture an
environment in which diversity can thrive.
- Foster an environment in which all members of the academic community can
contribute their fullest while pursuing satisfying personal lives.
- Provide a rich array of out-of-class opportunities to learn, lead, and
- Promote a "green" university by conserving resources and enhancing
- Maintain the attractiveness of campus and improve the quality of its
- National Student Survey of Student Engagement which includes
multiple measures student faculty interaction, enriching educational
experiences (diversity, experiential learning, foreign language, study
abroad, learning communities, etc.), and the campus environment.
- Campus climate survey.
- FTE faculty and staff by gender and race/ethnicity.
- Faculty and staff survey on the university environment.
- Report on efforts to conserve resources and enhance environmental
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, sex, marital
status, disability, or status as a U.S. Vietnam Era Veteran.