Mission, Vision and Core Values

Through its land-grant mission, NDSU serves the state and the region through student education, service to the state, and research and creative endeavors. The NDSU community prioritizes and values diversity and inclusion. We take collective responsibility for ensuring a sense of belonging, respect, and justice that supports each person’s success.


We provide transformational education, create knowledge through innovative research, and share knowledge through community engagement that meets the needs of North Dakota and the world.


To lead the advancement of our land-grant ideals through innovative education, research, and outreach.

Core Values

The keystone to the success of the NDSU strategic plan is our commitment to shared governance, transparency, responsible decision-making, and a sustainable future. The strategic plan is based on the following NDSU core values:

Collegiality - Share responsibility for working together in cooperative, considerate, and respectful ways.
Community - Build a shared identity based on common participation, goals, understandings, traditions, and belonging.
Creativity - Use intellectual and artistic inventiveness to explore many possible ideas, problems, and answers.
Excellence - Work to produce exceptional quality in all endeavors.
Inclusivity - Value the unique skills, experiences, and identities of each person, continuously improving how we involve, develop, empower, and trust one another.
Impact - Produce change that benefits the lives of our community members, our state, our country, and our world.
Innovation - Apply ingenuity and invention to produce new knowledge, methods, and products.
Integrity - Actively live by our values and work to fulfill our mission.
Resilience - Recover quickly from adverse situations.
Responsiveness - Adjust quickly and positively to internal and external needs.
Transformation - Create meaningful, positive change in thinking, knowledge, relationships, and action.

Updated: October 2020

Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan 2021-2026

Aspirational Implementation Plan Year 1 

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