CFANS Strategic Plan

Mission

To provide extraordinary education, breakthrough research, and dynamic public engagement as we strive to be a world leader in advancing solutions-driven science in food, agricultural and natural resources to improve the human condition.

Vision

CFANS plays a lead role in keeping Minnesota competitive and connected as challenges and discoveries abound in genomics, plant and animal biology, the relationship of food to health, the inter-relatedness of ecosystems, renewable energy, the promise of bioinformatics, and the economic, communication, and police issues associated with these discoveries.

Our vision as a college is to solve the most pressing local and global issue: How to provide food, fuel, feed and fiber that is healthy, safe, accessible and sustainable while protecting our natural resources and improving soil, air, and water quality benefiting sustainable communities.

Goals

  • Expand our world-class research and graduate education programs through strategic investment and competitive success
  • Transform undergraduate education to prepare students for the future workforce and be a national leader in instructional innovation
  • Contemporize the land-grant mission through translational innovation and expanded partnerships with the citizens of Minnesota and beyond
  • Increase the college's global presence by leveraging faculty expertise to effectively integrate the academic and cultural experience of our students

Strategies

  • Use our campus living laboratories to provide a unique, top-quality learning experience
  • Provide more real-world learning experiences for students, especially undergraduates
  • Leverage stakeholder relationships to make the college's influence truly global
  • Build on student interest in existing and future majors and minors to increase enrollment
  • Explore possibilities for realignment and restructuring in order to operate at top efficiency