Oregon State University's strategic plan is built upon outcomes from the OSU-2007 planning process that involved hundreds of individuals in thousands of conversations since January 2002. The plan reflects ideas and insights from faculty, students, staff, administrators, and constituents and stakeholders.

The plan is also informed by the priorities of the Oregon University System, the Governor, the work of various think-tank groups and initiatives, including the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities, the Oregon Business Plan, and the Oregon Council for Knowledge and Economic Development.

—Edward J. Ray, President (February 2004)


To best serve the people of Oregon, Oregon State University will be among the Top 10 land grant institutions in America.


  1. Provide outstanding academic programs that further strengthen our performance and pre-eminence in the five thematic areas.
  2. Provide an excellent teaching and learning environment and achieve student access, persistence and success through graduation and beyond that matches the best land grant universities in the country.Substantially increase revenues from private fundraising, partnerships, research grants, and technology transfers while strengthening our ability to more effectively invest and allocate resources.

Our Core Values

Accountability. We are committed stewards of the loyalty and good will of our alumni and friends and of the human, fiscal, and physical resources entrusted to us.

Diversity. We recognize that diversity and excellence go hand-in-hand, enhancing our teaching, scholarship, and service as well as our ability to welcome, respect, and interact with other people.

Integrity. We practice honesty, freedom, truth, and integrity in all that we do.

Respect. We treat each other with civility, dignity, and respect.

Social responsibility. We contribute to society's intellectual, cultural, spiritual, and economic progress and well-being to the maximum possible extent.