Oregon State University is guided by its 2014-18 strategic plan: Focus on Excellence, which articulates the university’s distinctive focus on academic excellence in all aspects of learning, discovery and engagement. Focus on Excellence is the third in a series of five year plans developed since the beginning of President Ed Ray’s tenure.

    Developing OSU's Next Strategic Plan

    Development of OSU’s fourth strategic plan under President Ray’s leadership, referred to as SP4.0, is nearing completion. The OSU Board of Trustees approved the new strategic plan during their meeting on October 26, 2018.

    The Board approved final draft of SP4.0 takes into consideration the stakeholder engagement process that assessed what has been accomplished since the first plan, considered current opportunities and challenges, refined areas of strategic focus, identified and modified goals, and informed the prioritization of actions over the next five years.

    The Office of the Provost is leading the development of SP4.0. A steering committee chaired by Senior Vice Provost Susan Capalbo engaged with the university community and stakeholders and drafted SP4.0 for comment and review. A timeline for development of SP4.0 can be found here.

    This cycle of strategic planning has been informed by Focus on Excellence, the University-wide accreditation self-study process now underway, the newly developed university-wide diversity strategic plan and, most importantly, input from the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, friends, the OSU Foundation Board of Trustees and staff, and other stakeholders.

    The new plan takes into consideration the University’s recent visioning exercise, which sought to anticipate OSU’s future unique contributions on the higher education landscape. VISION 2030: Distinction, Access and Excellence articulates the kind of promise, focus, and distinction among premier research institutions that Oregon State University is capable of achieving if is bold in its actions and efficient and effective in the use of its resources.