NMSU LEADS 2025 is the university’s strategic plan. It serves as a living document, providing the entire university system with guidance for understanding priorities and focusing resources.

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NMSU LEADS 2025 Annual Process

We will annually review and report on metrics and seek input on priorities.

NMSU LEADS 2025 Input

Feedback on NMSU LEADS 2025 will be open year-round, and as part of the annual cycle, we will review feedback.

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The mission of the New Mexico State University system is to serve the diverse needs of the state through comprehensive programs of education, research, extension and outreach, and public service. As the state’s land-grant and space-grant university, and as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, NMSU fosters learning, inquiry, diversity and inclusion, social mobility, and service to the broader community.


By 2025, the NMSU system will excel in student success and social mobility for our diverse student populations, achieve the highest Carnegie research status (R1), and maintain our Carnegie Community Engagement classification.


Leadership: Promoting and creating the ability for Aggies to shape the future
Excellence: Providing the highest level of education, research, outreach, and service
Access: Welcoming diverse populations to higher education and to the NMSU community
Diversity & Inclusion:Embracing our differences as an asset and actively seeking to include wide-ranging perspectives
Student-Centered: Supporting the education of our students through every aspect of our university, every day

These values are encapsulated as: BE BOLD. Shape the future.

Strategic Goals

The strategic goals outlined in NMSU LEADS 2025 reflect the university’s mission and vision and are vital to NMSU’s success. These include advancing student success; elevating research and creativity; amplifying extension and outreach; and building a robust NMSU system. The strategic goals are designed to be broad enough for each unit within the university system to find a way to contribute.

Additionally, the university will focus on a number of grand challenges facing the state and communities around the globe. These include creating healthy borders, modernizing critical infrastructure and transforming education in New Mexico.

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Additional Materials

Venn Diagram of Strategic Plan

BE BOLD. Shape the Future.

We Define What NMSU Will Become.

As a collective community of tremendously talented faculty, staff and students we create the future for NMSU. We have empowered ourselves to create a future that benefits from our unique geography, cultures and knowledge. To make the most of this opportunity, we must be free to be bold in our thinking and in our work so that NMSU is well positioned to tackle what lies ahead.

Strategic Plan Outreach

In Spring of 2019, Chancellor Arvizu and President Floros hosted over 1300 people in about 25 listening sessions. You can schedule an outreach session through the link above.