Strategic Goals

Strategic Goal 1

Advance a culture of academic excellence and student success.

Northeastern State University’s mission and vision promote the continuous pursuit of knowledge and acquisition of skills, inspiring our citizens to fulfill their personal and scholarly goals. By embracing the teacher-scholar model and high expectations for student success, NSU provides quality teaching, challenging curricula, research and scholarly activities, immersive learning opportunities, and service to local and professional communities.

The University seeks to develop the whole person, enhance student engagement and student support services in order to achieve and sustain student persistence, completion and career readiness. To that end, NSU will maintain a focus on student achievement and transformation. The institution believes the most productive path to this environment will be derived from the exploration, identification and responsive adoption of evidence and research based practices and strategies. The ultimate outcome will be an institutional mindset and culture that supports faculty and staff while advancing a culture of academic excellence and student success. 

Strategic Goal 2

Build and sustain the physical and fiscal resources necessary to maximize the University’s capacity for excellence. 

The mission and vision of Northeastern State University emphasize serving the intellectual, cultural, social and economic needs of its region. NSU has identified an over-arching institutional priority to increase enrollment, student persistence, and degree completion. In order to meet the needs of students and regional partners, and address this institutional priority, the University must ensure both physical and fiscal responsibility. In so doing, the University provides a competitively excellent and affordable education by engaging in responsible stewardship of its resources, and working to ensure the safety of all its constituents.

The foundation of NSU’s institutional excellence includes a safe, stable environment supported through campus security and the maintenance of efficient operations throughout all functional units. This requires the pursuit of increased funding for scholarships, programming, facilities and professional development opportunities. Additionally, NSU recognizes that it must actively seek and cultivate relationships with alumni, community partners and philanthropists while promoting the benefits of investing in Northeastern State University. To maximize the return on these critical investments, NSU must also provide adequate infrastructure and funding while meeting the evolving needs of its students and region. 

Strategic Goal 3

Support economic development and community stewardship at the local, tribal and regional levels.

NSU’s mission and vision recognize the institution’s unique role and responsibility in developing its communities and serving its citizens. Northeastern State University has an annual, regional economic impact in excess of $250 million. The University understands that by working together, regional communities can and do thrive. NSU’s three (3) campuses serve as educational, cultural and social hubs for the northeastern section of Oklahoma. NSU will enhance the quality of life in northeast Oklahoma by contributing its expertise, experience, and leadership to collaborative relationships with its community, tribes and regional partners.

Strategic Goal 4

Honor our heritage as the cultural center of the region.

The University’s mission and vision are not only clarified statements of purpose, but engaged calls to action for NSU to directly serve the intellectual and cultural needs of the University’s many and diverse communities. For generations, the institution has addressed the social and economic needs of northeastern Oklahoma by acting as a communal hub; bringing people together and attracting visitors from the world over.

As a regional partner, Northeastern State University works to enhance the area’s quality of life and rich cultural fabric by providing varied points of access. The resources the institution brings to bear are represented vis-à-vis the performing arts; artistic and educational exhibits; cultural and academic symposia, conferences, and lectures; athletics events; intellectual service by its faculty; and the provision of library and archival resources. While NSU strives to bring a global, multicultural perspective to its region, the University also highlights the unique contributions it makes as a university with Cherokee roots, distinctive American Indian curricular interests, and the largest Native American undergraduate student population in the nation. Therefore, although the University continues to progress forward on its mission as a living, data-driven institution, it also remains committed to its history as the premier cultural champion of northeast Oklahoma.

Strategic Goal 5

Promote creativity and innovation.

The University’s mission and vision have been developed to promote the growth, evolution and eventual actualization of the individual so they may reach their full academic and personal potential; ultimately extending outward to the community and global society. NSU’s high expectation of student success builds and supports a culture of learning and discovery by championing an environment of creativity and innovation. This framework is therefore built into all disciplines; reaching beyond the classroom to prepare students for tomorrow’s global society. 

Strategic Goal 6 

Promote a culture of demonstrable continuous improvement.

The University’s mission and vision call upon NSU to maintain the highest expectation of student success and community service. The institution will shape its region by serving the educational, cultural, social and economic needs of the University’s regional communities. It is in this spirit of servant leadership that NSU has dedicated itself to academic and scholarly excellence. The University is committed to serving its communities and expanding a culture of learning, discovery and diversity. 

To sustain this high standard, NSU will be innovative and responsive to competitive, market and economic conditions. Therefore it is understood that the University must embrace a mindset of continuous assessment as it documents the institution’s initiatives and demonstrates evaluated progress towards achieving institutional excellence.

The University is committed to data driven decision making and continuous improvement. All institutional units must create and maintain dynamic plans aligning their goals and outcomes to NSU’s mission, vision and strategic plan. Data and evidence will inform and guide institutional decisions, strategies and initiatives at every level. The University is unilaterally focused on continuous improvement of operations, policies, and practices in response to outcomes-based assessment and alignment to its mission, vision and strategic plan.