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Strategic Planning

The Strategic Plan defines the strategic priorities for NDSU for the next five years and ensures that our resources are used effectively and purposefully to educate students, perform world-class research, pursue creative and artistic excellence, and serve the citizens of North Dakota.  The Strategic Vision contains goals, tasks and metrics that define how the strategic vision will be implemented at NDSU.

September 2016: Strategic Plan Progress Report. Update on metrics for period 2015-2016.

August 2017: Strategic Plan Progress Report. Update on metrics for period 2016-2017.

Strategic Goals for 2017-2018


Recommendations from the College of University Studies, Expanding Professional Programs, College Realignment, Class Size, and Tuition Waiver Task Forces are now available. Please send comments directly to Provost Ingram.


A fundamental theme of NDSU’s strategic vision is an enriched approach to research and discovery on campus, one that recognizes the university’s position as the state’s flagship land-grant research university. Two proposals have been selected for funding as part of the Grand Challenge Initiative:

·         Population Health Initiative, led by Dr. Don Warne and Dr. Kalidas Shetty

The Grand Challenges proposal includes developing a Doctor of Public Health degree program and several additional interdisciplinary collaborations. The Population Health Research Initiative (PHRI) includes partnerships with six of the seven academic colleges at NDSU. PHRI will significantly increase NDSU’s population health research capacity by building upon existing strengths and by developing new graduate education programming through expansion of public health faculty in several key areas.

·         Center for Engineered Cancer Test Beds, led by Dr. Kalpana Katti

The success of the Center for Engineered Cancer Test-Beds (CECT) will result in a paradigm shift in cancer studies and reduce time and costs of new drugs and new drug delivery systems to be available to populations. The large cost of the cancer burden on society (estimated to be about $125 B by 2020) can be effectively reduced to enable healthy populations. Specifically, this center proposes to develop novel, life-like biomimetic environments through use of 3D scaffolds that will enable (1) humanoid testing of novel anti-cancer drugs and drug delivery systems as a transformational improvement towards reduction in time and cost of laboratory to clinical studies 2) transformative study of cancer biology, specifically the metastasis to bone, the CECT seeks to design a test bed at the interface of biology and engineering with controlled properties using a synergistic application of in silico design.

Collaboration Resources


Student Success and Learning

NDSU’s strategic plan outlines our commitment to student success. We believe every student who comes to NDSU deserves to graduate from NDSU, and are proud of our retention initiatives as outlined in this update.

Retention Interventions Fall 2016

Student Focused. Land Grant. Research University.

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