The University Missouri-St. Louis will be known as a premier metropolitan public research university and as a university of choice for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.


The University of Missouri-St. Louis provides excellent learning experiences and leadership opportunities for a diverse student body. Outstanding faculty and staff, innovative research, and creative partnerships foster synergies that advance the welfare of our stakeholders and benefit the global society.



We believe excellence in research and creative achievement results from original thinking that advances fields of study and is recognized externally. Excellence also refers to paying serious attention to individual student learning needs and maintaining the highest academic standards, using multiple approaches to facilitate learning, engaging in ongoing assessment of student learning and improvement of the quality of learning experience.


We expect the highest ethical standards in all aspects of the educational experience and foster throughout the campus community the strongest commitment to respect, dignity, honesty and freedom in individuals academic, professional and civic lives.


We value collaboration among students and organizations and engage in research and teaching to improve the quality of life. Collaboration develops graduates who contribute in meaningful ways to a diverse global society. Interdisciplinary research generates novel ways of resolving problems and building new knowledge.


We value access to excellent education, engagement in cutting edge research, and dedication to the university, community, and professional service as a means to develop the future of our region, state, nation and world. A focus on opportunity helps develop responsible citizens who contribute to quality of life and who represent the diversity of the community and the world we serve.


We value diversity among faculty, staff, and students and recognize its essential contribution to campus culture. Different cultural, intellectual, socioeconomic and regional perspectives add substantially to understanding, richness of debate, intellectual inquiry and knowledge development.


We value the financial, physical and human resources entrusted to us and exercise care in employing them. We cultivate the trust, loyalty and good will of stakeholders, whose assets allow us to pursue our educational mission.

Strategic Direction

This strategic plan is guided by the following strategic themes.

As a public research university located in the St. Louis metropolitan area, we offer a unique synergy created through our innovative research, quality learning environment, diverse students and faculty, and creative collaborations which develops our students ability to thrive in a diverse and rapidly changing world. We will continue to enhance our position as the premier educator of the workforce of St. Louis and we will extend our reputation for quality education within and beyond the region.

We will leverage our core strength of attracting the non-traditional and transfer student population, finding ways to enhance our attractiveness to them and working with the feeder schools to improve their preparation. At the same time, we will seek to grow the first time/ full time student enrollment to further enhance our reputation in the community as a university of choice and contribute to the vitality of the campus culture. We will meet the growing demand for graduate education by positioning ourselves to serve this demographic.

The diversity of our student population and the richness of the diverse campus culture create an experience for our students that prepares them for a diverse and rapidly changing world, serves as a pipeline for businesses and organizations who seek employee diversity, and prepares students as leaders in a diverse workforce.

We will build on our growing reputation for research excellence and our university, units within the university and our faculty will be nationally and internationally known for excellence in research and creative activity. We will recognize, reward and celebrate the campus-wide impact of individual and unit success.

We will leverage our location in the St. Louis metropolitan region by being unsurpassed as the regional leader in creative collaboration with area businesses and community organizations. We will continue to have significant influence on economic development in the region and beyond through collaborations, consulting and continuing education.

We will find ways to enhance campus life and increase on campus residents. A major focus will be to further improve the convenience and the quality of experience as perceived by our students. Convenience includes such things as ease of the admission process, class availability, convenient scheduling, adequate parking with handicap access, quality facilities and accessible technology. Quality experience includes such things as; collaborative learning opportunities, a high level of student faculty interaction, a supportive campus environment that entices students to spend more time on campus, the right academic challenge that conveys to students that they are getting an education not just a degree and enriched educational experiences such as international educational opportunities, research, internships and practicum.

We will be wise stewards of our scarce resources by leveraging collaborative research and creativity, both internally and externally, and holding ourselves accountable.

We will communicate the compelling message of our strengths and our position in the region through our leadership councils, alumni, faculty, staff, students and other friends of the university in a way that dramatically increases fundraising, grants and other forms of contributed support. And we will continue to engage our loyal alumni who are committed to strengthening our region as leaders in their fields.

The Strategic Priorities and Key Initiatives outlined in the following pages define our approach for moving in this direction.

Strategic Priorities

A. Enhance the quality and delivery of undergraduate and graduate/professional education.

B. Recruit and retain an outstanding and diverse student body.

C. Enhance research, scholarship and artistic/creative activity.

D. Enhance civic engagement for economic and social benefit of the region.

E. Increase financial base and continue to enhance the stewardship of resources.