Executive Summary

StudentAs a leading institution of higher education, Oregon State University must be on the forefront of new ideas, research and innovation. We must continually strive to push ourselves in new ways that challenge our thinking and past practices. The university’s updated strategic plan, known by the campus community as SP 3.0, provides a roadmap and vision for our future. Our mission and goals remain committed to a rigorous focus on academic excellence in all aspects of learning, discovery and engagement. Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s land grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have land, sea, space and sun grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in the state to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. This evolution of Oregon State’s Strategic plan builds upon previous plans set forth in 2004 and 2009. Our focus is unwavering on the signature areas of creating and enhancing a healthy planet, healthy people and a healthy economy.


engineerSP 3.0 expands Oregon State’s strategic goals to focus on:

  • Success that transforms our learners and our world.
  • Leadership that integrates scholarship, creativity and collaboration throughout learning and discovery.
  • Expansion of the university’s diversity, reach and service across Oregon, throughout the nation and around the world.

 As we approach the university’s sesquicentennial in 2018, we remain committed to the ideals that higher education is a public good, and that high-quality college degrees should be accessible to all students. By pursuing new innovations and scaling those that are successful, we will significantly increase the number of students from all strata and diverse backgrounds graduating with quality college degrees. Our strategic plan provides the structure and momentum to give all learners an integrated, coherent and personally meaningful educational experience.

 This blueprint for future success also calls for the university to enhance faculty excellence, broaden and deepen the diversity of our community, reaffirm our excellent stewardship of resources and capture the power of information in transforming our learning environment and systems.

 Our strategic planning and the creativity of this remarkable university community have enabled us to advance our mission in a powerful way. This is a journey that will lead to continued success, committed as we have been for nearly 150 years, to the state of Oregon and its people.