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Strategic Initiatives

Our strategic initiatives set NC State on a course for groundbreaking academic achievement.

The University’s Roadmap

The Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost drives strategic planning at NC State. Led by Provost Warwick Arden, our office aligns all strategic efforts with the university’s mission and establishes a framework for success for the entire campus community. “Wolfpack 2030: Powering the Extraordinary,” our strategic plan for the decade ending in 2030, guides all that we do at NC State.

Since the implementation of the university strategic plan “Pathway to the Future” in 2011, the Provost’s Office has provided critical direction for a stronger and better NC State. We’re proud of the impact of our strategic planning efforts and the progress we’ve made toward our goals.

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NC State’s Strategic Plan

We’re putting our strategic plan to work creating a culture of constant improvement on campus. This plan guides our vision of institutional excellence to benefit all students, faculty and staff.

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Work That Matters

The Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program places NC State at the forefront of world-class research institutions. Our faculty clusters shape our strong academic culture, and their efforts address society’s grand challenges.

The Provost’s Office adds depth and breadth to these clusters by seeking out award-winning scholars who bring a truly unique dynamic to collaborative research. Guided by the university’s strategic plan, we’re welcoming more than 70 faculty experts in 20 fields to continue the tradition of interdisciplinary exploration at NC State.

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Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program

Our strategic plan outlines a vision for faculty cluster development. We execute on this vision by bringing in world-class faculty in diverse fields to collaborate on interdisciplinary research.

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Retaining Top Researchers

Recruiting and retaining the best faculty researchers remains one of the major focal points of strategic planning at NC State. We’re building and strengthening our research infrastructure by bringing today’s top academic minds on board.

The Provost’s Office uses the University Faculty Scholars Program to recognize and reward these academic leaders among our faculty. Each year, approximately 20 tenured or tenure-track faculty scholars receive this honor.

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University Faculty Scholars Program

Research that yields results drives NC State’s reputation for academic excellence. We support this groundbreaking research by rewarding select faculty with a permanent increase to their base salary.

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Enhancing Student Success

Students graduate from NC State ready to make a real-world impact. It is our job to get them there by ensuring timely progress toward a degree.

To reach this goal, we provide an experiential education that inspires students to take innovation to new heights. Their impact is felt not only in the classroom, but also in industry and the community.