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Missouri State Vision: Our Passion for Excellence

What is the vision for Missouri State University a decade from now? What assumptions is the vision based upon? What implications does the vision have for future long-range plans?

Those were the questions the University’s Board of Governors asked at its summer retreat held July 31, 2014. The answers, the Board felt, could guide Missouri State through the next 10-12 years. The University’s administration agreed.

In September 2014, President Clif Smart named a Steering Committee for the year-long project, titled “Missouri State Vision: Our Passion for Excellence.” The goal of the project was “to gain consensus on the assumptions and philosophical foundation from which the next two or three long-range plans will be developed, beginning with the plan for 2016-21.”

In October, task forces were named to focus on six specific areas:  

More than 100 faculty, staff, students, administrators, donors, alumni and community members were involved in the process. The work was posted on a website and input was sought from the campus community.

The results of the past 11 months of work are reflected in this report to the Board of Governors presented at the Board’s 2015 summer retreat July 30, 2015. As expected, this report will provide the foundation for the next long-range plan for the five years of 2016-21, beginning July 1, 2016. That plan will be developed during the 2015-16 academic year.