version of the proposed plan.
Once the plan is approved, detailed action plans will be developed to carry out
the strategic plan goals.
Create, share, and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.
- 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
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 innovation, collaboration, and continuous improvement,
- with honesty, integrity, and professional ethics, and
- with sensitivity and responsiveness to the needs of our state,
nation, and the world.
- land-grant ideals,
- a diversity of ideas, peoples, and cultures,
- intellectual freedom,
- leadership, and
- excellence in all we do.
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.
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
Priorities for 2005-2010
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.
- Improve the rigor, challenge, and international reputation of
- Strengthen students' critical thinking, creative abilities, and
- Enhance students' understanding of global, cultural, ethical, and
- Create an environment that welcomes students to explore a variety
of disciplines 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
transfer to and student success at Iowa State University.
- Enhance services to enable students to find rewarding
- Develop, recognize, and reward excellent teaching.
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.
- Recruit and retain outstanding faculty who are or will be leaders
in their fields.
- Increase the number and elevate the overall quality of graduate
and professional students.
- Leverage strengths in science and technology to enhance research
and scholarly excellence with emphasis on interdisciplinary
initiatives involving biological, materials, and information
- Enhance areas of excellence in the arts, humanities, and social
sciences that build on and complement the university's unique
- Improve facilities and support services for research.
- Enhance the visibility of outstanding faculty members and staff,
research accomplishments, and graduate and research programs.
Priority: Economic Impact
Translate discoveries into viable technologies, products, and services
to strengthen the economies of Iowa and the world.
- 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 that encourages faculty, staff, and
students to engage in transfer of technology and entrepreneurial
Priority: Iowa Life
Elevate the state's appeal as a place to live, learn, work, and play.
- Strengthen our partnerships and communications with Iowans to
better identify, address, and solve problems.
- 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.
- Partner with Iowans to strengthen their communities' economies
and entrepreneurial capacities.
Priority: University Life
Ensure that the university is a great place to learn and work.
- Recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students who are dedicated
to individual and organizational excellence and achievement.
- Expand the diversity of people, ideas, and cultures, and nurture
an environment in which diversity can thrive.
- Achieve a sustainable balance between responsibilities and
resources that will allow the university to efficiently and
effectively realize its vision.
- Foster an environment in which all members of the university
community can contribute their fullest while pursuing satisfying
- Provide a rich array of extracurricular opportunities to learn,
lead, and enjoy life.
- Promote a university that conserves resources and enhances
- Maintain the attractiveness of campus and improve the quality of
- Advance the excellence of the university through enhanced
connections between ISU and its family of alumni and friends.
- Ensure that intercollegiate athletics programs are models of
academic success, integrity, and competitiveness.
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 &
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.