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Vision and Goals

The Strategic Plan for the Twin Cities campus includes a vision and four supporting goals as a ten-year framework for advancing the quality, impact, and reputation of the University.

The plan aims to marshal the University's strengths more powerfully to address "Grand Challenges as part of a broader aim to create a stronger, more nimble, better integrated, and deeply engaged research university.

The four supporting goals are mapped to many specific action steps designed to move the campus on a path to transformational improvement over the course of a decade.


The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities will be preeminent in solving the grand challenges of a diverse and changing world
In pursuit of this vision we will:
  • Use our depth and breadth to capitalize on our exceptional students, faculty, staff, and on our location in a vibrant metropolitan setting to generate and disseminate new knowledge and insights.
  • Create an educated populace able to identify, understand, and solve demanding problems.
  • Leverage the power of divergent paths to knowledge and creativity in order to address grand challenges.
  • Partner with the communities and people of the state of Minnesota to benefit the common good.

Our Strategic Goals

Build an exceptional University where grand societal challenges are addressed.
  • Educate, cultivate, and empower leaders to foster institutional and societal change
  • Target resources that will build capacity to harness the University’s depth and breadth to address these grand challenges
  • Prepare students who can uniquely contribute to solving grand societal challenges
  • Transform curricula in a way that combines grand challenges with disciplines
  • Cooordinate and leverage research in institutionally cross-cutting areas of strength

Support excellence and, with intention, reject complacency
  • Establish incentives for creative disruption and accept productive tension
  • Increase efforts to empower individual initiatives
  • Streamline rules and regulations
  • Measure and set goals for meaningful diversifying experiences

Aggressively recruit, retain, and promote field-shaping researchers and teachers
  • Build a pipeline to recruit and retain the best and brightest field-shaping teachers and researchers
  • Support their work with needed infrastructure and a culture of high expectations
  • Reduce barriers to productive transdisciplinarity and advance transinstitutional partnerships
  • Acccelerate transfer of knowledge for the public good

Establish a culture of reciprocal engagement, capitalizing on our unique location.
  • Better leverage our location for the mutual benefit of the University and the community; contribute to and benefit from a vibrant and enriching economic,creative, social, and intellectual environment
  • Clearly define and embrace what it means to be a land-grant research university in the 21st century