Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan page

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CAS Strategic Plan, PDF

Our strategic plan outlines our goals, categorized into the six aims listed below, which we will act upon to achieve our vision, stated above, over the next five years.

The strategies, expectations, and metrics for each goal, and a timeline for completing them, are included, divided into year one, years 2-3, and years 4-5. The N2025 Strategic Plan provides the broad organizing framework for our goals.

Timelines for each aim are available below.

Strategic Plan page

Promoting the Liberal Arts, Life-Long Learning, and Student Success

Ellie Woody

Ellie Woody, Spanish and political science.

  • We will promote, innovate, and ensure widespread access to the transformative value of a comprehensive and integrated liberal arts education.
  • We will be a national leader in experiential and life-long learning opportunities.
  • We will improve the time to degree for all students and reduce the graduation achievement gap for underrepresented, low income, and first-generation students.

Timeline and details for this aim

Research and Creative Activity with Impact

  • We will be a recognized national and global leader in science, humanistic inquiry, and creative activities that advance new knowledge, enrich our understanding, and address complex problems to improve lives.
  • We will strategically enhance graduate student education and training to increase the impact of our research, scholarship, and creative activity.

Timeline and details for this aim

Adam Houston and the TORUS project

Adam Houston, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.

Research to Solve Local and Global Challenges

Catherine Eicchorn in a lab

Catherine Eicchorn, Department of Chemistry.

  • We will leverage existing areas of research and creative strength to address some of today’s most pressing challenges, including but not limited to: systemic racism and inequity, climate change and resilience, national and global health disparities, global peace and human rights, and quantum materials and technologies.

Timeline and details for this aim

Broadening Community Engagement with the Liberal Arts

  • We will enhance the land-grant mission of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln by expanding our partnerships with local, national, and international organizations and businesses, broadening our alumni networks for student career success, and utilizing our scientific expertise and creative achievements to enrich the lives of all Nebraskans.

Timeline and details for this aim

Campus and community

Campus and community.

Leading in Inclusive Excellence and Diversity

Deirdre Cooper Owens

Deirdre Cooper Owens, Department of History and Humanities in Medicine program.

  • We will enact and sustain a culture that respects and honors the dignity of all.
  • We will be a leader in inclusive excellence through the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse faculty, staff, and students.
  • We will invest in education, research, and creative works that address forms of injustice, oppression, and marginalization, including systemic racism, sexism, and heterosexism.
  • We will be a leader in inclusive excellence through the development of curricular and co-curricular innovations and collaborative community partnerships.

Timeline and details for this aim

Investing in Leadership and Professional Growth

  • We will build and sustain a culture that promotes participation and professional development for everyone in the college – faculty, staff, and students.
  • We will ensure CAS is a place where student, staff, and faculty satisfaction makes people want to learn, work, and grow.

Timeline and details for this aim

Alice Kang

Alice Kang, Department of Political Science and Institute for Ethnic Studies.

Our Details and Drafts page is dedicated to chronicling the development of the strategic plan, which started in 2019. The drafts, participants, and activities surrounding each draft are outlined.