A Destination University

We started this journey with a destination in mind, to become the top choice university for the next group of diverse and talented students, faculty, and staff. To get there, we put a plan in place and called on the campus community to help us carry it out. As we reflect on our progress so far, we can see that the work is already paying off.

We are building upon our strengths in research and scholarship, implementing strategies and best practices to help our students achieve new heights, and furthering a campus culture that celebrates excellence, prioritizes well-being, and embraces our core values.

While we are proud of what we have accomplished, this is just the beginning. Together we will enhance the University of Iowa’s standing as one of the most distinguished public universities in the country.

Kevin Kregel

Continuing Our Progress

As we advance through Year 2 of our strategic plan, we’re making significant progress toward our goals. We are achieving new highs for student graduation and retention rates, strengthening our efforts to support faculty success, implementing strategies to further boost our research profile, and increasing services to support the health and well-being of our community.  Our strategic investments through the P3 Program are starting to pay off and so are our collective efforts to foster a welcoming and respectful campus environment.

Thanks to the collaborative spirit, talent, and dedication across our campus, we are on pace to fulfill our shared vision for the University of Iowa.

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Latest Updates


Using introductory courses as a gateway to student success

A P3 initiative is reshaping the educational experience in key courses taken by the majority of undergraduate students at Iowa.

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Flexible health care job for students is win-win

The creation of a new UI Health Care position is giving students invaluable experience while also supporting the workload of hospital staff and enhancing patient care. 

Stephanie Gantz

UI faculty member awarded prestigious fellowship for neuroscience research

Stephanie Gantz, Carver College of Medicine assistant professor in molecular physiology and biophysics, was named one of the 2024 Sloan Research Fellows by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 

Hawkeye Work Grant participant

UI graduation, retention rates increase

Undergraduate retention and graduation rates continue to climb at the University of Iowa, with multiple initiatives and strategies culminating in new records for four-year graduation and first to second-year retention rates.  



Core Values

Priorities and Goals

The five priorities of the strategic plan are interconnected, building upon each other to position our institution for success. 

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Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Foster high-quality teaching and dynamic educational experiences that empower all students to achieve their aspirations.

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Casey Harwood research

Innovative Research and Creative Discovery

Advance the success of UI scholars, researchers, and artists and build on the university’s distinctive strengths in areas of current and emerging research and creative discovery.

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Welcoming and Inclusive Environment

Facilitate proactive campus cultural change to cultivate a more respectful, inclusive environment that embeds diversity and equity into the Iowa experience.

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Holistic Well-Being and Success

Provide a comprehensive foundation of support for individuals throughout all stages of their relationship with the university, beginning by attracting and retaining talented students, faculty, and staff who will contribute to a thriving university community.

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Transformative Societal Impact

Expand the university’s impact on local and regional communities, the state of Iowa, and the world by leveraging its areas of distinction, the resources entrusted to it, and the collective talent of its people.

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What's Next

Our Strategic Plan Action and Resource Committee (SPARC) is building upon the progress of year 1 and is busy at work implementing year 2 of the plan. For the strategic plan to be successful, we need continued participation and support from members of the campus community. Your ideas, input, and engagement are critical to us achieving our goals.