A world-class college of education: leading research, engaging our communities, and preparing education and mental health professionals for innovation and impact.


Collaboration and Engagement: We work with individuals, schools, and communities with respect, caring, and compassion.

Commitment to Community: We are committed to using evidence-based practices to improve the lives of individuals, the effectiveness of our schools, and the quality of life in our communities.

Continuous Improvement: We are committed to using data to continuously improve.

Diversity and Inclusion: We embrace the differences of others by fostering a welcoming community.

Equity: We believe in the value of each person and all deserve the opportunity to meet their full potential.

Integrity: We approach our work with honesty and empathy and hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of professional behavior and ethics.

Strategic Plan Highlights

The College of Education at the University of Iowa was created in 1872, and was the nation’s first permanent college-level department of education. The College of Education has a rich legacy and is known for its founding of world-renowned Iowa Testing Programs, and for spinning off ACT and test scoring operations and equipment to Pearson Education. As part of a Big Ten research institution, the College of Education offers a personal, affordable, and top-ranked education for undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 78 different countries. The College of Education is the top-ranked college of education in Iowa, its Secondary Teacher Education Preparation program is in the top 2% in the nation, its Elementary Education program is in the Top 6% in the nation, and its Rehabilitation Counseling and Student Counseling and Personnel Services are ranked in the Top 10 nationally.

The College of Education’s 2018-2022 Strategic Plan was developed over an 18-month period with input from multiple stakeholders, including faculty, staff, students, employers, and the strategic planning committee.

The purpose of this strategic plan is support the College’s pursuit of its mission and vision by enabling planning, action, and improvement at all levels across the College.

Mission Statement

To deliver a personal, affordable, and top-ranked education for students who want to collaborate with renowned faculty to solve problems and effect change in the field of education in our community, our country, and around the world.

College-Wide Strategic Pillars

  • Excellence: We pursue world-class outcomes in all we do.

  • Innovation: We create and implement new practices, processes, and products that improve learning, performance, productivity, and efficiency.

  • Intercultural Competence and Equitable Action: We seek effective interaction – including teaching, learning, and research – with members of our diverse society and support equitable action.

Strategic Objectives

Strategic Objective I

Intercultural Competence and Equitable Action: Build intercultural competence and support equitable action.

Key Performance Measures: Climate surveys, participation in international and diversity experiences, diverse faculty, staff, and students, success rates for diverse students, involvement in equitable actions.

Strategic Objective II

Engagement: Engage with state and local schools, community members, and organizations to improve the lives of Iowans and people around the world.

Key Performance Measures: Community engagement survey, research dollars spent in community-engaged research projects, alumni survey, membership in professional associations and organizations.

Strategic Objective III

Student Success: Deliver world-class academic programs.

Key Performance Measures: Satisfaction surveys, course evaluations, graduation rates, employer survey, learning outcomes assessment, licensure pass rates.

Strategic Objective IV

Research and Discovery: Produce high-quality, impactful research.

Key Performance Measures: Research expenditures, grant applications and successes, research impact including publications and citations.