Strategic Areas of Focus and Goals

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TRANSFORM STUDENTS' LIVES THROUGH EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY AND EXCELLENCE

Provide students a unique, comprehensive, intellectually rigorous education — referred to as the “Charlotte Model” — to be delivered through enhanced pedagogy and transformative co-curricular experiences and integrated with robust student success measures.

2Ensure equity, accessibility, affordability and student success using the Charlotte Model.

3Prepare students to thrive in a changing world.

4Strengthen curricula to educate students to become resilient and self-confident lifelong learners who are equipped to become leaders, engage meaningfully in careers and contribute to their communities.

5Provide graduate students and postdoctoral trainees with high-quality mentoring, teaching, research training and professional development.

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POWER THE FUTURE THROUGH INQUIRY, RESEARCH, AND CREATIVE DISCOVERY

Achieve national prominence as an emerging, top-tier research university.

2Advance the research mission by recruiting, nurturing and retaining world-class, diverse faculty, staff and students. 

3Expand postbaccalaureate education, doctoral studies and postdoctoral training and achieve the highest recognition for exemplary programs.

4Enhance the academic reputations of all colleges and foster signature areas of research, scholarship and creative discovery.

5Bolster interdisciplinary, intra-institutional and inter-institutional, and global collaborations to address complex challenges.

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DRIVE PROGRESS FOR NORTH CAROLINA AND BEYOND

Fulfill our role as North Carolina’s urban research university to benefit our city, region and beyond by co-producing transformative solutions to societal issues and challenges.

2Support the improvement of educational and socioeconomic outcomes for the Charlotte region by mobilizing University resources and community collaborations. 

3Elevate the University’s role as a talent and workforce cultivator to support community needs.

4Serve as an intellectual center for our students, employees, alumni and region.  

5Serve North Carolinians more completely by valuing the region’s unique characteristics, histories and peoples to foster educational success among traditionally underserved groups within our state.

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LIVE OUR GUIDING COMMITMENTS BY LEADING IN EQUITY AND ENGAGEMENT

Foster a thriving culture based on integrity and respect that values all people and the planet.

2Demonstrate leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion.

3Enhance policies, practices and resources to make the University a highly desirable place to live, learn and work.

4Elevate and broaden student, alumni, faculty and staff engagement, investment and lifelong pride in the University. 

5Expand the use of community programs and activities, including athletics, performing arts, design, gardens and campus, to enhance the University’s reputation, grow enrollment and bolster engagement.

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Explore our full plan to read about each strategic area's objectives and actions.

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