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2035 Strategic Plan

2035 Strategic Plan

In fall of 2023, President McPhee and Provost Byrnes launched an integrated strategic planning process designed to unite our three existing plans (the Quest for Student SuccessAcademic Master Plan, and the 2015-2025 MTSU Strategic Plan) into a single institutional Strategic Plan 2035. 

The 2035 integrated strategic planning process is organized around four pillars: 

  • Academic Quality
  • Student Success
  • Engagement
  • Innovation 

Goals, strategies, and metrics for each of these pillars are being developed by subcommittees that include broad representation from faculty, staff, students, and alumni and community leaders. A complete timeline is available under the Development tab. 

All members of the University community are invited to participate in development of the strategic plan through activities such as:

  • Responding to the mission review survey (September and November 2023)
  • Attending town halls and focus group sessions in spring of 2024, and
  • Reviewing and responding to drafts of the strategic plan in fall of 2024. 

We invite you to visit this page often to keep updated about the activities of the Strategic Plan Committee and how you can become involved.  


In Spring 2024, the Strategic Plan Committee is focused on listening to university stakeholders to receive feedback and suggestions for goals and strategies to be considered for plan development.

In order to develop a clearer understanding of the current environment in which MTSU operates, the Committee distributed a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) survey.  More than 750 faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the MTSU Board of Trustees responded to the survey, and many constituents also participated in a series of SWOT-focused listening sessions:

  • February 12, 2024 – Deans and Department Chairs
  • February 15, 2024 – Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
  • February 16, 2024 – Faculty, Staff, and Administrators
  • February 21, 2024 – Faculty, Staff, and Administrators

In March and April 2024, the Committee is conducting second series of listening sessions to solicit feedback on the emerging themes that were discovered through analysis of the SWOT survey and initial listening sessions:

  • March 19, 2024 – MTSU Board of Trustees
  • March 25, 2024 – Vice Provosts
  • April 1, 2024 – Department Chairs
  • April 2, 2024 – Vice Presidents
  • April 3, 2024 – Deans
  • April 15, 2024 – Center and Interdisciplinary Directors
  • April 25, 2024 – MTSU Foundation Board
  • April 25, 2024 – President
  • April 27, 2024 – MTSU Alumni Board