Four pillars of the strategic planning process

Building on the university's strengths


Innovative solutions

Innovation, creativity, and an entrepreneurial attitude will inspire the curriculum, decision making and outlook for Iowa State University. We will bring forth expertise, technologies, novel perspectives and ideas. By striving to bring a creative mindset and unique solutions to the grand challenges of our local and global communities, ISU will be recognized for its distinctive approach to environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability and meeting the needs of society with integrity.


Education experience

Promoting an excellent educational experience focused on student engagement, knowledge growth, transformative educational opportunities, and access to a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming educational environment will create a strong foundation for success and prosperity for a well-educated graduate with lifelong relationships to Iowa State University.


Knowledge and discovery

We will enhance our understanding of our universe and ourselves and create and discover new methods, pedagogies, thought processes, and knowledge. Through deep analysis, research and collaboration, we will bring forth new technologies, science, perspectives and ideas to benefit a changing world.


Community engagement

Through active participation in and partnership with the local, state, and global communities, Iowa State University advances its land-grant mission to serve society by engaging our stakeholders to understand and address their needs and challenges.