In Summer 2010, Chancellor Randy Woodson launched a strategic planning initiative to produce a vision and action plan that will guide NC State for the next five to 10 years. Provost Warwick Arden and Chair of the Faculty Margery Overton led the functional process that began in July, when a steering committee was formed, a planning retreat was held for members of the University Council and nine task forces were established to address key issues.
During the fall (September through November), the task forces met and interacted with the campus community to prepare their recommendations.
After reviewing reports from the task forces, the strategic planning committee prepared a draft plan for review by the campus community in March 2011. The revised plan was reviewed by the chancellor and then presented to the Board of Trustees for approval at their April 2011 meeting, where it was unanimously endorsed.