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 worldIn 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