The goal of strategic positioning is to make the University of Minnesota one of the top three public research universities in the world within a decade.
- We must invest in core strengths of the University: Minnesota’s economy and quality of life are directly linked to the quality of its only research university.
- The changes we make now and in the future will benefit the University’s students, faculty, stakeholders and the entire state by strengthening the quality of its education, research and public service.
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- In today’s competitive world, standing still means falling behind. We must:
- Keep the state’s only research university strong and of the highest quality as global competition for resources, high-ability students and top faculty grows.
- Respond to declining state funding. The University must make wise, but sometimes difficult choices in the face of declining state support. Dollars saved through academic redesign and administrative reform can be reinvested in improved education, research and outreach.
- Respond to changing demographics that will change the numbers, diversity, age and needs of the student population.
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Initial Recommendations (March 2005)
On March 30, 2005, two committees charged with developing academic and administrative recommendations delivered their reports to University President Robert Bruininks. The links below take you to more information about these task force recommendations.
University of Minnesota’s Strategic Positioning Process foundational reports and recommendations.