The University’s Roadmap

"The Pathway to the Future: NC State's 2011-2020 Strategic Plan," lays out important goals and the strategies to reach them.

The Pathway to the Future

Three Year Update

student-success-reyesSince the approval of our strategic plan in 2011, NC State has been hard at work putting that plan into action. More than three years on, our momentum has never been stronger and we’ve made tremendous progress towards meeting our goals.
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Chancellor Randy Woodson initiated the formation of a new strategic plan for the university in 2010 by charging the provost and chair of the faculty with directing the process with advice from an 11-member steering committee. Nine task forces comprised of faculty, staff and students produced white papers with recommendations for university strategies, specific initiatives and metrics. The resulting document, “The Pathway to the Future: NC State’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan,” was endorsed by the Board of Trustees in April 2011 and will guide the university’s vision and decision-making through the end of the decade. New information will be added to this site as work progresses on achieving the strategic plan goals.

“The Pathway to the Future: NC State’s 2011-2020 Strategic Plan” is the framework that guides university administrators in long- and short-term planning and decision-making. It has five overarching goals: enhance the success of students through educational innovation; enhance scholarship and research by investing in faculty and infrastructure; enhance interdisciplinary scholarship to address the grand challenges of society; enhance organizational excellence by creating a culture of constant improvement; and enhance local and global engagement through focused strategic partnerships.

Strategic Goals

The Strategic Plan Goals were informed and developed by the entire University community working collaboratively to chart the course for NC State’s future.

Student Success

NC State must ensure students make timely progress toward a degree. NC State must provide educational opportunities that inspire students to lead, to serve, to challenge, to take responsibility, to build problem-solving skills, and to engage with complex problems.

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Faculty & Infrastructure Investment

NC State must build both its tenured and tenure-track faculty and its research infrastructure.

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Research Solutions

NC State’s history and mission call for the university to address the major challenges that confront the world. Addressing complex problems with many disciplinary aspects requires assembling teams of scholars with varied skills and diverse perspectives.

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Organizational Improvements

An excellent university is pervasively excellent. The standard of excellence applies to all NC State faculty and staff and to all departments, institutes, centers, and units. Achieving excellence requires constant attention, self-assessment, inclusion, and the courage to change and adapt.

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Partnerships and Outreach

NC State’s reach has expanded beyond borders and around the world. NC State must be locally responsive to the needs of the community and the state while being globally engaged in solving the grand challenges facing our our world.

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