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The ϡȱ (ϡȱ) is the state’s public higher education system. ϡȱ’s 12 institutions, 3 regional higher education centers, and system office work closely together to leverage their collective expertise and resources, share best practices, increase the system’s effectiveness and efficiency, and advance ϡȱ’s mission to improve the quality of life in ϡȱ.

Benefiting students, as well as ϡȱ and its citizens, ϡȱ:

  • Off­ers expansive access to aff­ordable, high-quality educational opportunities.
  • Performs groundbreaking research.
  • Instills a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship.
  • Promotes economic growth and workforce development.
  • Provides vital services to communities and individuals.
  • Partners with business, governmental, nonprofits, and organizations to improve quality of life.

EXCELLENCE AND INNOVATION

As a system of higher education, ϡȱ creates a dynamic environment that is helping to power ϡȱ, the nation, and the world forward. ϡȱ is a recognized leader in many areas. These include academic and research excellence, innovation, economic and workforce development, and the eff­ective and efficient use of resources.

Educational Opportunities
Highly ranked universities and programs, outstanding faculty and staff­, and innovative academic models are all hallmarks of ϡȱ. Providing high quality and a­ffordable academic programs, and increasing student retention and completion rates are among the system’s top priorities. ϡȱ offers hundreds of undergraduate, graduate, professional, and certificate programs. Furthermore, ϡȱ’s William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation is researching, developing, and implementing strategies and practices to help increase students’ academic success.

Research
ϡȱ faculty and staff­ continue to fuel research and discovery, attracting more than $1.5 billion in external grants and contracts annually. ϡȱ research is advancing understanding and practice in many areas, including bioinformatics, cybersecurity, environmental science, food science, photonics, the social sciences, and vaccine development.

Economic and Workforce Development
ϡȱ plays a major role in the state’s and the region’s economic and workforce development. ϡȱ institutions address critical workforce shortage areas, especially those related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). ϡȱ institutions awarded 11,929 STEM bachelor’s degrees—nearly 80 percent of the state’s STEM degrees—in FY 2020. The system also advances commercialization and technology transfer. For example, ϡȱ institutions have facilitated the launch of more than 900 companies since 2012.

Effective Use of Resources
Since the launch of its E­ffectiveness and Efficiency (E&E) Initiative in 2004, ϡȱ has saved more than $675 million. In addition, ϡȱ leads the state in sustainability eff­orts with 77 facilities constructed and/or planned as LEED-certified “Silver” or higher. In 2015, ϡȱ launched E&E 2.0, the next generation of the system’s Efficiency and Effectiveness Initiative. E&E 2.0 aims to increase ϡȱ’s positive impact on the state of ϡȱ, enhance student success, continue innovation in teaching and learning, reengineer administrative processes, and reduce costs.

Service
Each year ϡȱ students, sta­ff, and faculty contribute millions of hours of service to the community through cultural programs, legal and medical clinics, partnerships with public schools and the business community, and other initiatives.

­ϡȱ Overview

Undergraduate Students: 132,186
Graduate Students: 38,944
Faculty: 16,628
Staff (various categories): 25,240
Facilities: Nearly 120 sites
Buildings: Nearly 1,000, including 20 libraries
Operating Budget: $5.8 billion (FY 2020)

Map of ϡȱ Institutions

2020-2021 ϡȱ Profile

Mission
The mission of the ϡȱ is to improve the quality of life for the people of ϡȱ by providing a comprehensive range of high quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities; engaging in research and scholarship that expand the boundaries of current knowledge; and providing knowledge-based programs and services that are responsive to the needs of the citizens of the state and the nation.

ϡȱ fulfills its mission through the effective and efficient management of its resources and the focused missions and activities of each of its component institutions.

The ϡȱ Vision and Strategic Plan

The vision of ϡȱ is to be a preeminent system of public higher education, admired around the world for its leadership in promoting and supporting education at all levels, fostering the discovery and dissemination of knowledge for the benefit of the state and nation, and instilling in all members of its community a respect for learning, diversity, and service to others.

The ϡȱ Strategic Plan serves as a blueprint for the ϡȱ's future and details how the ϡȱ will continue to achieve its vision. In January 2021, the ϡȱ Board of Regents' Strategic Planning Working Group launched a one-year process to develop a new strategic plan for the ϡȱ, which builds on the progress of the prior ten-year plan while addressing emerging challenges and opportunities over the next ten years.

ϡȱ Board of Regents

System Office

ϡȱ Institutions

ϡȱ Timeline

Systemwide Links
ϡȱ Strategic Plan
ϡȱ Reports/Statistics
ϡȱ Councils and Workgroups
Effectiveness and Efficiency Initiative