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Strategic Plan

In spring 2021, NC State adopted the Wolfpack 2030 : Powering the Extraordinary strategic plan to guide the university through 2030. Under the leadership of Dean Paola Sztajn, the College of Education is developing a new strategic plan to align with Wolfpack 2030 and to build on the college’s successes to become an even stronger college widely recognized as one of the leading Research 1 land-grant institutions of its kind in the world. 

About the Strategic Planning Process

The College of Education’s strategic planning process has been designed for faculty, staff and students across the college to work together to decide who we want to be and where we want to go as a college. Through surveys, focus groups, interviews and other means, faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity to engage in the process, share their experiences, offer their vision for the college and provide their feedback. External stakeholders are also being engaged to provide their perspective.

The College of Education hired Emergent Method, a consultant, in Summer 2022 to assist in the process. They meet biweekly with a Strategic Planning Steering Committee that provides ongoing feedback.

The outcome will be a strategic plan finalized in April or May 2023 that guides the entire College of Education, including the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research and the Friday Institute for Educational innovation, for years to come.

NC State’s College of Education is a research powerhouse grounded in its land-grant mission.


in active research among colleges of education in N.C. (U.S. News)


ranked college of education in the nation (U.S. News)


in education and educational research among universities in the world (U.S. News)

Our strategic planning is a valuable tool as we work to address North Carolina’s educational needs, better serve all learners and strengthen our work as a leading college of education in the state and beyond.

Paola Sztajn

Paola Sztajn

Dean, NC State College of Education