University Strategic Plan

University Mission and Vision Statements



Empowering Students.  Creating Knowledge. 

Engaging Communities.  Shaping Our World.


We will be a nationally recognized and student-focused public research institution that provides accessible, affordable, and Engaged Learning opportunities for all. We will be both:

An anchor institution for Northeast Ohio, recognized for cutting-edge research, creative activity, and innovative collaborations that drive economic development and enrich the lives of our students and citizens, and;

A beacon institution whose vitality attracts diverse and talented students, faculty, and staff from within and outside the region, thereby enhancing our distinctive and inclusive living, learning, and working environments.


Relevance: Providing our students with the resources they need to persist and succeed in their career pathways, the community with active citizens, and the region with enriching scholarship and creative activity.

Community engagement: Connecting the university to the larger community through meaningful, mutually beneficial partnerships.

Accessibility and affordability: Providing high-quality, accessible, and affordable educational experiences to a wide spectrum of students.

Inclusive excellence: Ensuring that we are a diverse institution where the collaboration and involvement of all are encouraged, all voices are heard, and all are treated with dignity and respect.

Fiscal responsibility and responsiveness: Being good stewards of public and university resources and anticipating the best ways to deploy them.

Accountability: Being responsible for our words, our actions, and for their consequences.

Freedom of expression: Protecting and championing the right to freely communicate ideas without censorship and to study material as it is written, produced, or stated.