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I am pleased to present the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University (AAMU) 2015-2025 Strategic Plan. This ten-year Strategic Plan reflects our commitment to academic excellence in meeting the changing needs of the students we serve and lays the foundation for a future that will take us to new heights. This is an exciting time as we sharpen our focus on providing an enriching student-centered learning environment and extend our reach into the state and the region we serve.


This plan is important for a number of critical reasons. First and foremost, it is a public declaration of our aspirations, priorities, and the principles we stand on. The plan builds on the momentum and success we have experienced in recent years and, at the same time emphasizes directions and priorities that will enhance our competitive position and make our University a more distinctive one. Second, it is a statement of accountability and a roadmap for becoming the institution of choice for students, faculty, staff, and employers of our graduates. The quality and success of the student experience at AAMU is the ultimate barometer of what this plan achieves. We expect our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and other stakeholders to hold us accountable for achieving the goals outlined in the plan. Third, it provides direction for the future. As the plan was developed, a vision of the future was formulated. We believe we will help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required to lead productive lives in the global community of the 21st century. Our strategic priorities and goals were determined with this vision in mind. While we worked to provide a focused and clear direction for AAMU over the next ten years, we remained steadfast in our commitment to academic excellence and being responsive to the needs of a racially, culturally, and economically diverse student population. At the same time, we also accepted the challenge to continually evolve in the recognition that higher education in the 21st century will be much different than it has been in recent decades.


This plan is our commitment to creating productive citizens who are critical thinkers by optimizing resources and providing an environment in which students can study, learn, and develop through their interaction with fellow students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community leaders. The goals in this plan focus on several key areas:

1)  enhancing the quality and distinctiveness of the AAMU educational experience for all students;
2)  promoting excellence, innovation, and creativity throughout all areas of the University;
3)  upgrading the University’s infrastructure; and,
4)  diversifying and growing the financial base of the University.










The Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University 2015-2025 Strategic Plan is the result of hard work by the AAMU Strategic Planning Committee and was developed in consultation with members of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and community. I thank members of the AAMU Strategic Planning Committee for their fine work in producing an excellent Strategic Plan for AAMU. Throughout the next ten years, we will evaluate whether the plan is meeting expectations and adjust it accordingly. I anticipate looking back at this plan ten years from now with a sense of pride in what can be accomplished through commitment, collaboration, creativity, and hard work.


I am delighted to share with you the Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University 2015-2025 Strategic Plan, and I look forward to pursuing the many exciting challenges and accomplishments it identifies.