UND LEADS Strategic Plan
A strategic vision for the University of North Dakota.
The University of North Dakota was founded by people who wanted to make a difference - to better their lives and the lives of others. UND LEADS builds on this legacy and reflects the wisdom and dreams of our entire UND community. It represents our history and guides our future: a future where people are empowered to make a difference and where the torch of knowledge, reflected in the symbol of our Eternal Flame, will be passed on to those who can help lead the way.
Its five strategic pillars – Learning, Equity, Affinity, Discovery and Service – will be UND's foundation for years to come.
Encourage a lifelong sense of wonder by providing educational experiences essential for living intellectually curious, personally fulfilling, and socially responsible lives.
Enhance pathways to higher education and establish supportive learning structures that help all people realize their full potential.
Foster a sense of belonging and a campus culture that celebrates the unique ways we connect and contribute to UND.
Advance research, creative activity, and scholarship through our spirit of inquiry and our desire to better understand the world around us.
Engage in collaborations that serve the evolving needs of our people, tribal nations, the state of North Dakota, and our global community.
To provide exceptional educational experiences that enrich the lives of North Dakotans and the global community through excellence in teaching, innovative research, and meaningful engagement.
To inspire a sense of wonder, a love of discovery, and a commitment to serve.
A sense of wonder reflects our belief that critical thinking and dynamic educational experiences are rich soil for cultivating engaged citizens who will be lifelong learners. By fostering a love of discovery, we advance creativity, research, and innovation as ways to overcome our greatest challenges. And by affirming our commitment to serve, we aspire to help make our communities better. None of this would be possible without a deep commitment to our students, employees, alumni, and greater community. We express this commitment by ensuring the University of North Dakota is a place where everyone knows they belong; a place that embraces diverse peoples, perspectives, and ideas.
This plan will take a collective effort, one in which each of us leads as we are able. As leaders we’re defined by the characteristics we embody and the unique perspectives we share with the world. We all have the capacity to lead, as evidenced by our community’s civic engagement, sense of responsibility, willingness to try new ideas and adapt—and most important, our ability to listen to and value the perspectives of others and lead with integrity.
"It is hard to be a leader if you are not listening. The world keeps changing. It requires a leader to listen and put themselves in the position of being a curious student before they put themselves in the position of being a boss."
-Greg Page, BSBA 73, HON '16
Retired Chairman and CEO of Cargill