University Strategic Directions 2016-2021

By combining big ideas with real-world thinking Minnesota State University, Mankato is focused on transforming our university by breaking down barriers, creating solutions, and achieving a new level of greatness. In August 2016, President Richard Davenport announced the University's Strategic Directions, 2016-2021. 

The Enhancing Student Success and Completion Task Force was charged to examine trends and changes, future implications, and effective ideas and strategies that will advance ongoing transformation of student success and completion for all students during the timeframe of the strategic plan.

The Elevating Faculty Distinction and Academic Achievement Task Force was charged to recognize, communicate, and promote national prestige and distinction among our faculty and academic degree programs, and to tell our story of faculty distinction and academic achievement, boldly and more often.

The Expanding Regional and Global Impact Task Force was charged to examine the barriers, understand the factors for success, and identify strategies that will enable the University to dramatically increase its regional and global impact.

Diversity enhances the educational process, it fosters good citizenship, and develops strong communities. Diversity promotes economic prosperity as it prepares globally-oriented citizens who can compete successfully in an interconnected global economy. The Leading Equity and Inclusive Excellence Task Force was charged to identify strategies that will propel the University forward in its ability to lead and influence measurable progress in diversity, inclusion, and equity across the university, as well as being a beacon of change and hope throughout the community and region.

The use of data to inform institutional strategy will advance innovative organizational designs that will heighten efficiency and effectiveness. When used effectively, data highlights areas of challenge, prioritizes efforts around what is working and what is not, and sets a direct, clear course toward sustainable institutional change that drives achievement. The Advancing a Culture of Evidence and Innovative Organizational Designs Task Force was charged to examine the barriers to rapidly advancing a culture of evidence at Minnesota State Mankato, recognize key factors for success, and identify strategies that will launch the University forward and establish it as a recognized leader in data utilization, data-informed strategy development and decision-making, and innovative organizational design.

True to its mission, the University promotes learning in service to the state, the region, and the global community. This mission will be further heightened and sustained by enriching strategic partnerships and collaboration. The Leveraging the Power of Partnerships and Collaboration Task Force was charged to examine the barriers, understand the factors for success, and identify strategies that will advance the University forward and establish strategic value-added partnerships and collaborations.