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:
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.