The Ohio State University Vision
A successful strategic plan requires two fundamental components.
First, the plan must be designed around a strong, compelling vision that
provides context and identifies overall direction and goals. Second, the
organization needs strategies to achieve that vision and the capacity
and will to execute those strategies.
The most meaningful statements of vision are comprised
of four elements - a statement of the organization's core purpose; an
illumination of a few core values that represent its true essence; a significant
overarching goal, which the organization is fully committed to achieving;
and finally, a description of what the organization would be like should
it succeed in achieving its overarching goal in a way that is consistent
with its purpose and values.
The vision statement that follows succeeds the original
mission-vision statement adopted by the University in 1992, which was
intended for review on a decennial basis. The new vision statement was
developed initially by a group of Ohio State administrators, deans, and
faculty. Subsequently, it was revised based on comments from faculty,
staff, and students as well as representatives from the extended Ohio
State community. This vision stands today as the underpinning and conceptual
framework for the strategies and initiatives outlined in the plan that
follows. It also reflects the values and aspirations of a broad cross
section of the University community.
To advance the well-being of the people of Ohio and the
global community through the creation and dissemination of knowledge.
- Pursue knowledge for its own sake.
- Ignite in our students a lifelong love of learning.
- Produce discoveries that make the world a better place.
- Celebrate and learn from our diversity.
- Open the world to our students.
The Ohio State University will be among the world's truly
The Ohio State University will be recognized worldwide
for the quality and impact of its research, teaching, and service. Our
students will be able to learn and to advance knowledge in all areas.
As a 21st century land-grant university, The Ohio State University will
set the standard for the creation and dissemination of knowledge in service
to its communities, state, nation, and the world. Our faculty, students,
and staff will be among the best in the nation.
Academic excellence will be enriched by an environment
that mirrors the diverse world in which we live. Within this environment,
we will come to value the differences in one another along with the similarities,
and to appreciate that the human condition is best served through understanding,
acceptance, and mutual respect. Throughout the learning process, our faculty
and staff will find the highest levels of fulfillment and satisfaction
as they collaborate to educate and support a student body recognized for
its scholarship and integrity.
Students will have the opportunity to learn on our campuses
or from locations around the world through the innovative use of technology.
The quality of our physical facilities and grounds will be consistent
with our world-class status. Extracurricular activities will support the
personal growth of all members of our community. Our intercollegiate athletic
programs will routinely rank among the elite few.
Graduation rates for all students will compare favorably
with the nation's best public universities. Most of all, our graduates
will be among the most sought after by the world's best employers and
will become leaders in their communities and accomplished professionals
in their chosen work. We will lead Ohio to a dynamic knowledge economy,
and our research, widely known for its multidisciplinary programs, will
help solve the most challenging social, cultural, technical, and health-
The excellence of our programs will be recognized by the
highest levels of public and private support. As a result, The Ohio State
University will earn an intensity of alumni loyalty and of public esteem
unsurpassed by any other university.