Institutional Priorities

Northeastern State University embraces a mission that empowers its constituents to reach their full intellectual and human potential. The University facilitates this mission by sustaining a culture of learning, discovery and diversity. Student success is NSU’s paramount concern. The institution provides a transformative educational experience preparing students to excel in a globally competitive, culturally diverse, and changing environment. The University also serves as a cultural destination for its region. To sustain the standard of excellence upon which NSU’s mission was developed, the following are identified as institutional priorities:

  1. Academic and scholarly excellence
  2. Student development and success
  3. Enrollment, persistence and completion 
  4. Campus facilities and resources
  5. Funding and advancement 
  6. Economic development and community stewardship
  7. Honor institutional heritage
  8. Continuous improvement

Globalization and a technology driven economy changed the employment landscape for NSU’s constituents. This impacts the manner in which the institution moves forward in educating its students and preparing them for careers in the 21st century. Under the direction of the previous strategic plan, NSU began a shift in emphasis from teaching to learning, research to innovation and service to shared leadership. Driven by identified institutional priorities, the University now moves forward with the following strategic goals establishing a planning infrastructure to sustain excellence in the 21st century through a culture of assessment and continuous improvement.