Ours is a narrative of resilience that extends out from the heartland toward the future, inspired by a commitment to our state, nation, and global community.

With a spirit of inclusiveness and collaboration, Iowa faculty, staff, and students pursue excellence guided by our institutional strengths and complexity. From the humanities to STEM fields and from the performing arts to professional schools and the medical complex, our collective will to excel, to create, and to heal motivates our work. Together, we unlock human potential and prepare citizens for the future. Our strategic plan establishes priorities for realizing our aspirations.

Strategic priorities

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Innovative Research and Creative Discovery

Advance the success of UI scholars, researchers, and artists to build on the university's strengths in areas of current and emerging research and creative discovery.

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Holistic Well-Being and Success

Provide a comprehensive foundation of support for students, faculty, and staff to help contribute to a thriving university community.


Engagement and Societal Impact

Expand the university's impact on local and regional communities, the state of Iowa, and the world by levering its areas of distinction, the resources entrusted to it, and the collective talent of its people. 

Planning for the future

Learn more about our vision and download the 2022-2027 Strategic Plan.