Boldness by Design

Strategic Positioning of Michigan State University

Land-grant to World-grant


Michigan State University has engaged in a strategic and transformative journey to become the model land-grant university for the 21st century. We call our destination “world-grant,” and to focus our energy and resources, we have identified five strategic imperatives – areas in which we must excel and innovate to fulfill our commitment to transformation:

  • Enhance the student experience
  • Enrich community, economic, and family life
  • Expand international reach
  • Increase research opportunities
  • Strengthen stewardship

Boldness by Design, launched by President Lou Anna K. Simon in 2005, Michigan State’s sesquicentennial year, is inspired by MSU’s heritage and historical impact as the nation’s pioneer land-grant university. As another century unfolds, Michigan State will renew public trust in the value of land-grant universities and the vital role they play in leading the nation—and the world—to a better tomorrow.

As a reflection of our transformation, by 2012—the sesquicentennial of the Morrill Act of 1862, the legislation that created the land-grant university system based on the model of Michigan State—the university seeks to be recognized worldwide as the leading land-grant research university in the United States.


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