College of Education administrators, faculty and professional staff are committed to lifelong learning for all people — from newborn to senior citizen, rich and poor, and for all levels of ability and all cultures; from learning to read to learning about cultures of the world to learning about oneself. They are also entrusted with important responsibilities to:

  • Prepare the next generation of teachers and leaders;
  • Advance the use of information and technology for teaching and learning;
  • Advance the science and practice of psychology to prepare counselors and educators who help people to live full and healthy lives;
  • Develop tools and prepare educators to assist people with disabilities to reach their academic and social potential;
  • Prepare administrators to effectively manage learning systems and environments;
  • Shape public policy to improve education for all;
  • Prepare the next generation of post-secondary educators, researchers, advisers, administrators, leaders and scholars;
  • Advance the body of knowledge in all disciplines and professions within the college.

Yet fulfilling these responsibilities is challenging in today’s context with unprecedented pressure to reform education, rapidly changing technologies, significant shifts in funding for PK-12 and higher education, and rapid globalization of our society. Therefore, it is critical that the college focus intellect, energy and resources on a select number of key strategic initiatives with meaningful measurable objectives as it pursues excellence and innovation.

This strategic plan was developed to provide that focus and commitment. In the following sections, we outline the mission, vision, purpose, values and strategic goals. We then identify possible measurable objectives that align with the goals and values and conclude with the process that was used to prepare this document.


The mission of the College of Education is to address critical societal needs through the advancement of scholarship, enhancement of learning and teaching, and service to our global society.

The college’s mission is fulfilled by taking a comprehensive, collaborative approach across a wide range of disciplines and professions, including educator preparation, leadership, counseling, special education, higher education, public policy, information sciences and technology. In all of this, the college strives to pursue the highest level of excellence through all its program delivery modes (i.e., campus-based, online and innovative hybrid approaches).


To prepare and support professionals in education, information and intervention sciences that will improve the education, quality of life and economic development for the people of Missouri, the nation and the world.

The College of Education’s mission and purpose support and are aligned with the University of Missouri’s mission:

Our distinct mission, as Missouri’s only state-supported member of the Association of American Universities, is to provide all Missourians the benefits of a world-class research university. We are stewards and builders of a priceless state resource, a unique physical infrastructure and scholarly environment in which our tightly interlocked missions of teaching, research, service and economic development work together on behalf of all citizens. Students work side by side with some of the world’s best faculty to advance the arts and humanities, the sciences, and the professions. Scholarship and teaching are daily driven by a sense of public service — the obligation to produce and disseminate knowledge that will improve the quality of life in the state, the nation and the world.


To be a world-leading College of Education in research and practice.


We embrace the core values of MU (Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence) and in addition emphasize:

  • Continuous improvement: We commit to the highest standards of professionalism and quality in all we do. We engage in continuous improvement informed by data and gather evidence to demonstrate the impact of our work.
  • Innovation: Through our focus on discovery, we drive innovations in teaching and learning and contribute to breakthroughs in the science and practice of our professions. We encourage and value interdisciplinary and collaborative endeavors that facilitate discovery.  The availability and support for technology enables creativity and innovation.
  • Student engagement and success: The best interests of our students are a central consideration in all we do. Our commitment to student success shall be explicit. Student outcome data shall be gathered for all students in the college to ensure our objectives for student success are met.
  • Diversity and cultural competence: Diversity in our people, curriculum and programs enriches learning opportunities in our college and enhances our ability to accomplish our mission. Increasing cultural competence and diversifying our college and campus are critical.
  • Community and collaboration: Accomplishing our mission requires a positive and productive working environment and community. Interacting with dignity and respect for those with whom we work, inside and outside the college, is paramount to ensuring productive and quality partnerships that address societal needs.
  • Equity: We advocate for the implementation of programs and policies that provide access, promote the rights of individuals and recognize the dignity of all human beings.

Strategic Goals

The College of Education has established four strategic goals that will help the college fulfil its mission and purpose and achieve its vision. Each unit within the college will develop plans that include measurable objectives, metrics* and strategies for achieving these goals.

Goal 1. Deliver highly competitive, rigorous, research-intensive academic programs.

1A. Validate and inform the improvement in quality of academic programs through the use of multiple data sources.
Sample measures: accreditation reports, campus program audits, external consultants, rankings, peer institution comparisons and documentation of student learning outcomes (e.g., awards, external funding, presentations, publications, citations or quality of placements)

1B. Improve and maintain student and employer satisfaction above 90 percent
Sample measures: university, college and academic program surveys

Goal 2. Improve research quality, productivity and impact.

2A. Improve on measures of Association of American Universities quality indicators.
Sample measures: membership in national academies, research expenditures, research citations, research awards and patents

2B. Demonstrate impact of research on appropriate settings (e.g., libraries, K-12 schools, communities, agencies, higher education institutions or academic disciplines).
Sample measures: testimonial/media accounts; adoption of materials, approaches, strategies; impact assessments

Goal 3. Ensure a positive, productive, and efficient work and learning environment.

3A. Improve and maintain faculty and professional staff ratings of workplace satisfaction at levels of 90 percent or above.
Sample measures: workplace satisfaction surveys
, climate assessments

3B. Develop and deploy a systemic framework to support performance improvement.
Sample measures: documentation of improved processes and procedures, development of operational position manuals/materials

3C. Demonstrate efficient use of resources.
Sample measures: alignment of resources with strategic priorities, reallocation of resources based on return on investment

Goal 4. Increase cultural and global competence of College personnel and students.

4A. Increase the diversity of College of Education personnel and students.
Sample measures: documentation of personnel and student diversity

4B. Ensure curricula and professional development facilitate the development of knowledge and competencies needed for success in a diverse and global society.
Sample measures: documentation of involvement in learning opportunities and activities related to 
 diversity and culture (e.g., PTP, professional development, courses), cultural competence surveys

Unit Planning

The next step is for each unit (e.g., academic departments, academic programs, academic affairs, auxiliaries, etc.) to develop a plan that demonstrates how their unit contributes to accomplishing our strategic goals.

The unit plans should be organized around the four goals and should address the following questions:

  • In what ways is our unit currently contributing to this goal?
  • Why is this goal important to our unit?
  • What measures or metrics should we use to assess our effectiveness and progress in accomplishing this goal?
  • What are some new strategies, processes or efficiencies that we should develop and implement to improve our performance in relation to this goal?
  • What are additional resources or infrastructure (e.g., technology, professional development, human resource redeployment, or facilities upgrades or repurposing) we need in order to improve our performance in relation to this goal?

Strategic planning will become a continuous process with at least annual planning reports expected of each unit. The plans should reflect the learning cycle of unit. The annual plans will include:

  • Unit goals (vis à vis college strategic goals);
  • Data sources or metrics*;
  • A summary of the unit’s discussion and analysis of data results;
  • A description of the strategic changes or adjustments made as a result of the analysis.

*The director of assessment and the associate dean for administration, research & continuous improvement will assist and support units in the development or selection of metrics/measures to document performance relative to the strategic goals. Some metrics or portions of some measures will be considered college-level and will be required from all units (e.g., student, employer and workplace satisfaction surveys). Others will be unit-specific designed or chosen to yield information of most importance to each unique unit.