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From humble roots as the Northern Normal and Industrial School established in 1901, progress has

been a constant in curriculum and life at Northern State University. In our 114-year history, our faculty

and staff have continued to meet the needs of students at the university level and those in K-12

education through traditional, video, and online teaching.

The pursuit of our mission is as strong as the bricks that built our historic facilities on campus. It is

through the exercise of our mission, vision, and values that will allow our students to be successful in a

global and ever-changing environment. As time passes, and technologies and economical advancements

have happened, Northern State University remains dedicated to providing superior and affordable

education to students.

The Mission Forward


strategic plan is designed to provide clear guidance as Northern State University

endeavors to graduate global citizens to make a difference in the world. The changing needs of our

students, faculty, and community have been considered during the planning process. An overview of our

five strategic goals found in this plan include:

• Recruitment, retention, and completion of students

• Building tomorrow’s leaders

• Excellence in delivery of learning

• Communicate our identity to the world

• Stewardship

Let’s continue to work together in enabling our students to become the future leaders of our world.

Be You. Be Us. Be Northern.