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In fulfillment of its vision, values and mission, Murray State University supports the development and implementation of new initiatives on both an institutional basis and at the operating unit level around the following strategic imperatives. These imperatives define the special calling of every highly regarded comprehensive university — yes, to impart skills and information, and to create new knowledge … but to do so in a manner that strengthens and nurtures the region which the University is asked to serve. MSU’s strategic imperatives are not intended to serve as specific goals; rather, they set the broad strategic direction for MSU—from which innovative ideas and activities will emerge from each campus unit.


Strategic Imperatives:

Excellence through Quality  •  Outreach with Partnerships  •  Innovation for Impact  

Comprehensive Plan:

Comprehensive Plan - cover (Feb. 2012) 


"Triple I" Unit Level Goals and Progress Reports:

2009-10 Unit Level Goals                2009-10 Unit Level Progress

2010-11 Unit Level Goals                2010-11 Unit Level Progress

2011-12 Unit Level Goals                2011-12 Unit Level Progress

2012-13 Unit Level Goals                2012-13 Unit Level Progress

2013-14 Unit Level Goals

Budget Planning Review:

Prioritization Concept Paper (6/1/12)

To access the Budget Planning and Review (BPR) Process pages and BPT Team pages, please click here.

To access the Budget Planning and Review Final Draft Recommendations, please click here. (3/8/13)

To access the Amalgamated Original Budget Planning and Review Submissions, please click here. (3/13/13)

Mission Statement:
(Also found in Board of Regents Policy Manual Section 2)

Murray State University serves as a nationally recognized residential comprehensive university, with a strong extended campus and online presence, offering high-quality associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctorate degrees. Academic programs are offered in the core areas of arts and sciences, agriculture, business, health and human services, teacher education, communications, engineering and applied technologies, and nursing. Teaching, research, and service excellence are core values and guiding principles that promote economic development and the well-being of the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the region.

Murray State University places a high premium on academic outreach, collaborative relationships with alumni, the public schools, business and industry, governmental agencies, and other colleges and universities at home and abroad. Murray State University prepares graduates to function in a culturally diverse, technologically oriented society and increasingly interdependent world. The University is committed to international education as an integral dimension of the university experience.

Murray State University emphasizes student-centered learning and educational experiences that include first year experience, the honors program, internships, study-abroad programs, service learning, research and creative projects, residential colleges, and student organizations.

In sum, Murray State University fosters an exciting and challenging learning environment.

Vision Statement:

To build on our reputation as one of the best student-centered, comprehensive universities in the nation. 


Accessibility - Murray State values broad, equal and affordable educational access for all.

Academic Freedom - Murray State values the generation and free exchange of ideas in a peaceful and orderly environment that encourages communication and the resolution of differences.

Accountability - Murray State values a comprehensive accountability system through outcomes assessment and institutional effectiveness, supporting our primary mission as a university.

Diversity - Murray State values attracting, developing and maintaining a diverse, high-quality faculty, staff and student body.

Excellence - Murray State values a sustained commitment to teaching, research and service excellence.

Integrity - Murray State values an environment that demands high levels of professional and academic ethics.

Nurturing Environment - Murray State values a safe, friendly and supportive campus and community environment.

Shared Governance - Murray State values a culture of shared governance, open communication and understanding among administration, faculty, staff and students.

Student-Centered Learning - Murray State values an environment that fosters the engagement of the student in the learning process both in and beyond the classroom.

Sustainability - Murray State values a commitment to the principles of sustainability and seeks to respond to environmental concerns about resource consumption, waste and climate change.

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