Strategic Priorities

The School of Education commits itself to the education of leaders who will enrich lives, transform communities and better the world.  As part of a public land-grant university, we are steadfast in the belief that a high-quality public education for all is vital to our contemporary democratic society.

We are committed to the role of innovative research in accomplishing these goals. We undertake broad and in-depth research and scholarship, both for the discovery of new knowledge and understanding, and to put research into practice to advance society in fields as diverse as the arts, education and health.

Our mission is to advance education for learners at all levels in a variety of settings. We will accomplish this within the university and local, state, national and global communities through innovation, increasing diversity and strategic partnerships. Through the reach of our research, programs and community, our achievements will be magnified from Wisconsin to the world — the Wisconsin Idea in action.

Our actions are aligned with UW-Madison's Strategic Framework for 2015-19.

2017‐18 School of Education Goals

Strengthen financial and professional support for graduate students

Implement new organizational structure to strengthen strategic decision‐making for research and academic programs

Continue the implementation of the Grand Challenges initiative and add an evaluation component

Investigate what supports currently exist and are needed to bolster School of Education research and sponsored programs

Finish developing and begin implementation of new academic programs and courses (including online courses) to better serve students

Execute the School’s advancement plan, which includes the following goals: increase private support for the School; increase the number of relationships with donors, alumni, and other current and potential friends; and increase the visibility of the School

Raise salaries of faculty and staff to the peer average

Increase engagement of School of Education leadership in campus initiatives

Finish developing and begin implementation of the strategic plan for:

     • equity, diversity and inclusion ("School of Education Strategic Plan for Inclusive Excellence," completed January 2018)

     • School’s global mission

     • teacher education

     • Education Outreach and Partnerships ("Strategic Review of the Office of Education Outreach and Partnerships," completed January 2018) 

     • communications and marketing ("School of Education Integrated Marketing and Communication Proposal," completed July 2017)