IMAGiNE 2030


Last Updated: Jan 24, 2024, 01:30 PM

Strategic Pillars

There are a number of competing priorities on a campus as large and as diverse as ours. In an effort to give our teams focus, we have identified five strategic pillars to give our faculty, staff and strategic partners clarity about the areas we will prioritize in our planning and funding.

We have organized our objectives and initiatives around these five pillars, and we will work to identify our measurable goals and add new initiatives as we tackle this plan in the coming years.


    We will have a diverse and culturally responsible student body that is fully engaged in the SIU Carbondale experience, thriving in the face of robust academic challenges, and that has gained practical skills to allow them to enter the workforce as effective ambassadors for our University.
    Student Success

    Southern Illinois University Carbondale will be the model for inclusive excellence; we will engage and welcome all stakeholders on and off campus.
    Diversity Equity and Inclusion

    SIU Carbondale will be a “first-choice” institution, compared favorably to the flagship institution. The University will take a much stronger role in actively improving connections within the community, state, nation, and world through key partnerships.


    SIU will support and foster the discovery of knowledge and creative professional achievement to benefit the world and the people of our region.


    To become known as a forward-thinking, environmentally responsible University that embraces sustainability, reduces its carbon footprint, pursues conscientious energy efficiencies, and creates new innovative practices to become a leader in sustainability within the state and higher education community at large.


Mission Statement

SIU embraces a unique tradition of access and opportunity, inclusive excellence, innovation in research and creativity, and outstanding teaching focused on nurturing student success. As a nationally ranked public research university and regional economic catalyst, we create and exchange knowledge to shape future leaders, improve our communities, and transform lives.