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The strategic plan was developed in 2011 and 2012 through far-reaching internal and external discussions about the University of South Dakota's future. The results of these discussions form the basis for the strategic plan that will guide the university through 2020.

Our Vision:

To be the best small, public flagship university in the nation built upon a liberal arts foundation.

Strategic Themes:

The five strategic themes represent areas to which the university will devote particular effort in the coming years. They do not—and cannot—encompass every aspect of USD's efforts in educating students, advancing knowledge, and serving the public. As a whole, the Strategic Plan presents a refinement of direction toward a future for which USD has already prepared conscientiously.

Undergraduate, Graduate, and Professional Student Experience:

Goal 1: Enhance student engagement through interaction with faculty and staff.
Goal 2: Enrich academic experiences for graduate and professional students.
Goal 3: Develop and support a vibrant campus community that engages students and fosters their ongoing connection with USD.

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Work:

Goal 1: Expand interdisciplinary research, scholarship, and creative work.
Goal 2: Increase national-level recognition in a select number of research and creative areas.

Liberal Arts and Learning:

Goal 1: Maintain and enhance critical components of the liberal arts in both curricular and co-curricular arenas.
Goal 2: Graduate globally aware students.
Goal 3: Graduate broadly informed students who are capable of complex reasoning, critical thinking, and effective self-expression.
Goal 4: Communicate USD's liberal arts identity within and beyond the university.

Diversity and Inclusiveness:

Goal 1: Commit to a systematic, intentional, comprehensive, and holistic approach to diversity and inclusive excellence.
Goal 2: Integrate diversity and inclusive excellence into all areas of university life.
Goal 3: Become a regional leader in initiatives and outreach for inclusive excellence and diversity.

Community and University Relations:

Goal 1: Create a welcoming atmosphere and a positive and constructive relationship for the community and USD.
Goal 2: Collaborate with community leaders on targeted economic development.
Goal 3: Explore and attempt to increase partnerships between USD and local school districts.