College of Education Strategic Plan


To inspire lifelong learning and professional engagement through racial consciousness, social justice, and inclusion within a global context.


To prepare professionals through research and evidence-based practices who demonstrate excellence in their profession.

Core Values:

Minnesota State University, Mankato is an innovative, student-centered learning community that values:

  • Integrity and respect in the way we conduct ourselves;
  • Diversity in who we are and what we do;
  • Access to our programs and services that create opportunities for all to pursue their dreams;
  • Responsibility to those we serve by providing an education that inspires solutions to society's challenges; and
  • Excellence in our academic and non-academic pursuits.

The College of Education has identified a set of professional educator characteristics:

  • Innovative: Critical Thinker, Data-based Decision-maker, Life-long learner
  • Effective: Competent, Reflective, 21st Century Educator
  • Collaborative: Communicator, Interdisciplinary, Teacher Leader
  • Relevant: Understands students, Culturally Responsive, Versatile

Strategic Outcomes:

  • Inform decision-making through intentional integration of student needs and student development.
  • Increase the ability to practice racial equity among faculty, staff, students, and partners by examining existing systems and structures.
  • Provide infrastructure and resources to achieve excellence in advising, teaching, scholarship, and service.
  • Use assessments, data, and research to support decisions and initiatives for program development and accreditation.
  • Expand opportunities for students, faculty and partners to address social justice through engagement with local, regional, national, and international communities.