The 2019–24 Strategic Plan for Ball State University


Our Bright Future

Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State University's ambitious goals for our second century. This plan was designed with input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners, and benefactors. It provides a strategic framework with five long-term goals for 2040 and a small set of strategic imperatives to be executed by 2024.

2022-2023 Progress Report

This progress report provides highlights of our progress over the past year in accomplishing the 2040 goals and 2024 strategic imperatives outlined in Our Flight Path.

Strategic Imperative Fund

The intent of this funding initiative is to generate proposals that can make significant contributions to the Strategic Imperatives outlined under the five goals in Destination 2040: Our Flight Path. Find information on important deadlines and learn how to submit a proposal.

Our Mission

We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.

Our Enduring Values

Excellence. We commit to excel in all that we do.

Innovation. We commit to be creative, responsive, and progressive.

Courage. We commit to set ambitious goals and to take the risks necessary to achieve those goals.

Integrity. We commit to be honest, ethical, authentic, and accessible.

Inclusiveness. We commit to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.

Social responsibility. We commit to act for the benefit of society at large.

Gratitude. We commit to express appreciation to others and to demonstrate our gratitude through our actions.

Goal 1: Undergraduate Excellence and Innovation

Our University provides a premier on-campus undergraduate experience.

Goal 2: Graduate Education and Lifetime Learning

Our University expands its reach and impact along the continuum of human development and is nationally recognized for serving graduate students and other adults throughout their lifetime educational journey and for our agility in anticipating and responding to workforce needs.

Goal 3: Community Engagement and Impact

As a community-engaged institution, our University is internationally recognized for mobilizing and leading partnerships that revitalize and sustain our city and our region.

Goal 4: Scholarship and Societal Impact

As a public research institution, our University recruits and retains outstanding faculty and staff who engage in scholarship —of discovery, integration, application, and teaching—that garners national and international recognition, attracts external resources, and improves lives.

Goal 5: Institutional and Inclusive Excellence

Our University is distinguished for institutional effectiveness and inclusive excellence across all dimensions of our work and for having a positive and vibrant culture of wellbeing that helps our faculty and staff lead engaged and meaningful lives.