MU’s Strategic Plan

As the flagship university of the state of Missouri and its only public member of the Association of American Universities, MU bears a special responsibility to map out a clear path to the future.

In June 2012 University of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe launched a system-wide strategic planning process designed to ensure that each campus and the system have a focused mission statement and action-oriented plan for achieving strategic priorities. Throughout the 2012-2013 academic year, faculty, staff, students, and administrators created the first drafts of a plan, based on MU’s mission statement:

MU’s mission as a public, land-grant university is to discover and disseminate knowledge. Building on its unique interdisciplinary research and teaching strengths, exemplified by Mizzou Advantage, MU will, by 2020, enhance its academic stature as measured by publicly available metrics, including those of the Association of American Universities.

Initially called MU’s Strategic Operating Plan, our detailed plan for achieving this mission statement is now known as Mizzou 2020. Revised in fall 2015, the Mizzou 2020 plan is currently being reviewed by the UM System. As outlined in the Mizzou 2020 governance structure, the Mizzou 2020 Evaluation Committee provides campus oversight of the strategic planning process and coordinates with the Budget Allocation Advisory Council, which advises the chancellor on budget priorities each year. The Mizzou 2020 Evaluation Committee reviews annually our progress on Mizzou 2020 metrics. 

Further information on the entire process can be found at UM System’s Strategic Planning webpage which includes links to a video from President Wolfe, current draft of the system’s strategy statement, glossary of key terms, PowerPoint and PDF overviews of the strategic planning process, and a FAQ page.

The Mizzou 2020 Evaluation Committee welcomes comments and suggestions about the Mizzou 2020 plan. Please send comments, including suggestions for specific items to be included in the plan, to