Strategic Goals: Priorities and Focus

G1.Objective 1 – Provide a rigorous and relevant undergraduate educational experience that prepares students for the future

G1.O1.S1 – Identify, support, and promote undergraduate programs that raise the profile of the institution

G1.O1.S2 – Reshape the Liberal Arts Core to be innovative and interdisciplinary, and integrate liberal-arts learning outcomes throughout the undergraduate experience

G1.O1.S3 - Increase the graduation rates for minority students and close the gap between minority and non-minority student graduation rates

G1.O1.S4 – Mentor undergraduate students to conduct research and compete for national scholarships and fellowships


G1.Objective 2 – Provide a transformative learning experience that inspires student responsibility for their learning

G1.O2.S1 – Develop and implement collaborative and seamless first-year programs that contribute to enhanced student learning and engagement

G1.O2.S2 - Provide broad-based education that inspires critical thinking, creativity, openness to new ideas, and student responsibility for their learning


G1.Objective 3 – Recruit, develop, and retain faculty distinguished by their creative and intellectually rigorous teaching and scholarship

G1.O4.S1 - Improve recruitment and retention strategies for faculty and increase professional development opportunities

G1.O4.S2 – Enhance recognition of faculty for exemplary teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity, advising and engagement


G1.Objective 4 - Infuse an interdisciplinary approach into teaching, scholarship, and engagement

G1.O3.S1 – Establish university mechanisms to support interdisciplinary collaboration

G1.O3.S2 Support professional development to increase the number of faculty and staff pursuing interdisciplinary teaching, research, creative activity, outreach and grants

G2.Objective 1 – Hold graduate programs accountable to standards for rigor, relevance, and excellence

G2.O1.S1 – Recognize and support high-quality graduate programs that prepare leaders in their professions and enhance the social, cultural, and economic development of Iowa

G2.O1.S2 - Phase out programs that do not meet the criteria for rigor, relevance, and excellence


G2.Objective 2 – Promote innovation in graduate education

G2.O2.S1 –Develop select graduate distance-education programs to meet the needs of 21st century alternative and distance learners

G2.O2.S2 – Develop new interdisciplinary graduate programs based on current program strengths

G2.O2.S3 – Recruit, develop, and retain faculty distinguished by their creative and intellectually rigorous teaching and scholarship

G3.Objective 1 – Focus educator-preparation programs on developing 21st century leader practitioners at all levels

G3.O1.S1 – Recruit, develop and retain nationally recognized faculty

G3.O1.S2 – Collaborate with the Iowa Department of Education to develop a research and development school as a leading demonstration site for innovative evidence-based practice

G3.O1.S3 – Re-examine and adapt educator-preparation programs, formal and non-formal, focusing on 21st century skills and knowledge, and the use of technology


G3.Objective 2 – Expand the ownership of educator preparation to the entire university community 

G3.O2.S1 – Redefine the role of the Teacher Education Office, especially its university-wide responsibilities for educator-preparation programs 

G3.O2.S2 – Redefine the role of the Council of Teacher Education as the leading governance body for university-wide educator preparation

G3.O2.S3 – Promote integration of: the liberal arts, the professional education sequence, educator-preparation majors and minors, and field experiences


G3.Objective 3 – Expand and improve the network of external partners involved in educator-preparation programs

G3.O3.S1 – Establish additional professional-development partnerships with school districts

G3.O3.S2  - Expand the use of advisory board networks

G3.O3.S3 – Ensure a wide range of diverse field experiences for educator preparation students

G3.O3.S4 – Recognize and support external professional partnerships to promote exemplary teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity and engagement

G4.Objective 1 – Ensure students are prepared to live and work successfully in a diverse world

G4.O1.S1 – Increase the number of students who participate in diverse cultural experiences

G4.O1.S2 – Provide more opportunities for students to have meaningful interactions with people from backgrounds different from their own


G4.Objective 2 – Enhance the international and domestic diversity of students, faculty, and staff

G4.O2.S1 – Broaden recruitment and retention efforts to attract and retain more diverse students, faculty, and staff 

G4.O2.S2 – Implement programs to infuse diversity awareness and accountability into the management and organizational culture


G4.Objective 3 – Equip students, faculty, and staff to engage positively and productively in diverse communities of learning

G4.O3.S1 – Enhance faculty and staff professional development in the area of diversity

G4.O3.S2 – Develop and maintain meaningful collaborative relationships with domestic and international communities

G4.O3.S3 – Broaden students’ intercultural knowledge, competence, and engagement through curricular and co-curricular activities

G5.Objective 1 – Expand the university culture of community-engagement to increase the depth and breadth of participation

G5.O1.S1 – Increase community-based research and technology transfer

G5.O1.S2 – Provide faculty and staff development to support service learning

G5.O1.S3 – Increase service-learning opportunities and community-engagement in existing UNI courses


G5.Objective 2 – Provide support for the economic, social, and sustainable development priorities of Iowa

G5.O2.S1 – Assess and address the critical economic, social, and sustainable development needs of Iowa communities and the region through student, staff, and faculty engagement

G5.O2.S2 – Encourage and support student, staff and faculty entrepreneurial activity and technology transfer

G5.O2.S3 – Support workforce development by assisting state and regional workforce initiatives, including those that serve refugee and immigrant populations


G5.Objective 3 – Promote a broad range of artistic, athletic, cultural and other opportunities to Iowa citizens

G5.O3.S1 – Provide opportunities for primary- and secondary-school students to experience a variety of programs at UNI and in their schools

G5.O3.S2 – Promote participation within the university auxiliaries (e.g. Maucker Union, Gallagher-Bluedorn and collegiate athletics)

G6.Objective 1 – Ensure accountability in all university operations

G6.O1.S1 – Implement consistent process-improvement and risk-management strategies across all university units

G6.O1.S2 –Engage faculty, staff, and students in sustainability and energy conservation initiatives, to ensure the efficient and effective uses of facilities and other resources

G6.O1.S3 – Increase Regents inter-institutional collaboration


G6.Objective 2 – Increase the number of non-traditional and distance learners

G6.O2.S1 – Support, expand, and improve online offerings and other alternative delivery methods to ensure increased access 

G6.O2.S2 – Provide professional development for faculty and staff addressing the needs of non-traditional and distance learners

G6.O2.S3 – Strengthen relationships with community colleges to improve transfer students’ transition process


G6.Objective 3 – Ensure affordability for university students

G6.O3.S1 – Increase four-year graduation rates

G6.O3.S2 – Empower first generation students and their families to access and understand information regarding financial aid

G6.O3.S3 – Increase the UNI endowment, sponsored funding, and student scholarships