Missouri S&T is poised to address the great new challenges facing our nation and world.

Missouri S&T is poised to address the great new challenges facing our nation and world.

8,000+ students. 1,000+ faculty and staff. 55 degree programs. One strategy.

8,000+ students. 1,000+ faculty and staff. 55 degree programs. One strategy.

Access to hands-on learning defines the Missouri S&T experience and sets it apart from many others.

Access to hands-on learning defines the Missouri S&T experience and sets it apart from many others.

We strive to provide maximum return on investment – for our students, the employers who hire them, and our supporters.

We strive to provide maximum return on investment – for our students, the employers who hire them, and our supporters.

Rising to the Challenge: Missouri S&T's Strategy for Success

Faced with tightening budgets, technological disruption and increased public debate about the value of a college degree, institutions everywhere are coming to the realization that the days of 'business as usual' are quickly drawing to a close.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Discover. Create. Innovate at Missouri S&T.

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Message from Chancellor Cheryl B. Schrader

The past fiscal year has brought significant change to Missouri S&T and the University of Missouri System, with new leadership at both the campus and system level, and the creation of this comprehensive strategic plan. It’s also been a year of great change for higher education at the national level. Faced with tightening budgets, technological disruption and increased public debate about the value of a college degree, institutions everywhere are coming to the realization that the days of “business as usual” are quickly drawing to a close.

At Missouri S&T, we aren’t waiting for an imminent crisis to force us to act. By undertaking this thorough and comprehensive strategic planning process over the past year, we are ready to move forward confidently into the future, rather than have decisions thrust upon us by external forces.

“We are ready to move forward confidently into the future.”

Our legacy over the past 143 years provides a remarkable foundation upon which to build. Together with traditions and structure, our understanding of S&T and its people energizes us to embrace the present and create the future. Rooted in this broad and inclusive strategic planning preparation — and upheld by standards that reflect what is important and guide our decisions — we envision a sense of place for the S&T of 2020 manifested by providing a top return on investment to our key customers. I am gratified to see that this comprehensive strategic planning process has helped clarify our mission and the strategy we employ to fulfill our overall vision, which is to be the first place people go for innovation in research, education and partnerships to address our world’s critical challenges.

I encourage you to spend some time learning about our strategic plan, which will serve as a blueprint for S&T’s future for years to come. I am especially grateful to the thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni, business partners, research partners and others who helped shape this plan. You have inspired us to think candidly about how we can add value and change lives while staying true to our core mission and values. Read more.

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Who we are

Founded in 1870 as the University of Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a technological research university of 8,000 students and part of the four-campus University of Missouri System.

Located in Rolla, Mo., Missouri S&T offers more than 100 undergraduate degree options in a variety of majors – including engineering, the sciences, business and information technology, the humanities, and the liberal arts – as well as more than 150 master’s and Ph.D. offerings.

Mission

Missouri S&T integrates education, research and application to create and convey knowledge that serves our state and helps solve the world’s great challenges.

Vision

Missouri S&T will be the leading public technological research university for discovery, creativity and innovation.

We will cultivate curiosity, creativity and confidence in our graduates. We will be the institution of choice for partners around the world seeking a highly qualified, talented and entrepreneurial workforce; innovative research; relevant educational programs, products and services; and technology and ideas to solve the great challenges of our time.

Values

Lifelong Success

We add exceptional value. The rewards of the Missouri S&T experience extend far beyond a college education, valued degree or gratifying career. The S&T experience prepares you for a fulfilling life defined by the confidence to succeed, a desire to excel and a love of learning that never stops.

Creativity

We are innovators. Building a better world demands a creative spark, innovative and entrepreneurial approaches, and curiosity to discover and explore new solutions to the world’s great challenges.

Integrity

We hold ourselves accountable for our actions. We strive to uphold the highest ethical standards, to conduct ourselves with trustworthiness and respect for all of humanity, and to instill in our campus community these same principles.

Sustainability

We live by example. As stewards of the public goodwill, the financial resources entrusted to us, and the environment, we emphasize resilient and sustainable practices in all our endeavors.

Partnerships

We are great partners. We focus on adding value and creating mutually beneficial partnerships. The solutions to today’s great challenges require agile collaboration, teamwork and engagement with our stakeholders, both on campus and in the greater business, civic, national and international communities.

Inclusion

We are an inclusive, welcoming community. We seek to build a creative learning environment marked by openness, understanding and valuing all people and perspectives.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGY STATEMENT

Missouri S&T will provide by 2020 a top return on investment among public research universities to students, employers, research partners and donors through extraordinary access to renowned expertise, services and experiential learning opportunities.

 

Mutually beneficial relationships
Missouri S&T will become the institution of choice for partners seeking a highly qualified, talented and entrepreneurial workforce; innovative research; relevant educational programs, products and services; and technology and ideas that help solve the great challenges of our time. We will accomplish this by building mutually beneficial relationships, fostering trust and confidence, breaking down barriers to success, and demonstrating our value added as a global university that integrates cross-cultural understanding in all aspects of our educational enterprise.
Six key customer groups
  • Undergraduate students
  • Research investors
  • Research-based graduate students
  • Employers
  • Distance and online students
  • Donors

What sets us apart?
First of all, our focus. Founded in 1870 as one of the first technological universities west of the Mississippi, Missouri S&T belongs to a select niche of institutions known collectively as “technological research universities.” These eight public and eight private institutions share common traits: a high percentage of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and business majors, doctoral programs in STEM disciplines, a robust research enterprise, and thriving humanities and liberal arts programs. Building on that focus, S&T provides:

  • Direct, personal access to nationally and internationally known researchers, faculty, staff, and facilities
  • A broad array of experiential learning opportunities for every student
  • Innovative public and private partnerships that deliver solutions of global importance and local impact

Themes & Levers

The Missouri S&T strategic plan is all about the power of transformation. To get where we want to be, we need a clear game plan. The following are our transformational themes. Click on each theme to learn more about the specific actions of our strategic plan.

1. Inspire creative thinkers

1.1  Require undergraduates to participate in at least one significant experiential learning activity

1.2  Foster innovation and creativity for faculty, staff, students and administration

1.3  Establish database of measures to define student access to faculty and staff

1.4  Create professional and leadership development opportunities for faculty, staff, alumni and students

1.5  Encourage and enhance collaboration in teaching and research

2. Raise visibility

2.1  Employ strategic hiring in select areas of expertise to support best-in-class achievements

2.2  Leverage S&T as Missouri’s technological research university

2.3  Develop a culture of excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity

2.4  Execute a communication and marketing plan to raise the visibility and convey return on investment

2.5  Use current and new technology that will enhance student learning and increase faculty productivity

2.6  Improve infrastructure that enables faculty and student abilities and accomplishments

2.7  Address administrative structural changes to facilitate strategy and enhance national visibility

3. Ensure return on investment

3.1  Modify current academic programs to ensure they enhance S&T’s status as a national research university

3.2  Centralize corporate relations to improve service to existing corporate partners and establish new partnerships

3.3  Improve facilities to enhance research and student learning, and expand experiential learning

3.4  Promote inclusion and increase diversity to remain relevant and competitive in a global environment

3.5  Create and implement a student and alumni lifetime engagement strategy

3.6  Devise convenient technology-based methods of accessibility and engagement with external constituents

3.7  Market campus strengths to both domestic and international audiences

3.8  Exercise leadership in sustainability on campus by integrating sustainability practices in daily operations

3.9  Conduct a comprehensive fundraising campaign to secure private support for campus priorities

4. Increase meaningful interaction

4.1  Create a comprehensive distance and online education strategy

4.2  Enhance instructional labs and methods of developing lab experiences

4.3  Enhance innovative use of technologies to improve and facilitate access

4.4  Ensure renowned faculty teach and interact with undergraduate students

4.5  Engage in transformative doctoral student recruiting, retention and placement

4.6  Improve student, faculty and staff mentoring and advising

4.7  Identify and remove barriers to graduate and reduce time to degree for students

4.8 Expand access to renowned faculty through enhanced recruiting and retention

4.9 Promote non- traditional activities outside of classroom

 

PLAN

Now that Missouri S&T’s Strategy for Success has officially rolled out, the campus community and broader Missouri S&T family will learn about the plan’s annual progress and how we can continue to connect to this strategy of success.

A formal process will be established to tie departmental and unit plans and individual accomplishments to the Missouri S&T strategy for success, and resource allocation will be based on unit and individual contributions.

The five-year overview of cumulative cost to implement the plan approaches a $40 million investment. More than half of the funds will come from budget reallocation. Other funding sources include private and public sources, student fees, and endowment income.

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Discover. Create. Innovate at Missouri S&T.

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