“Advancing academic excellence” and “expanding liberal and professional knowledge” are key elements of the university’s mission statement. USD pursues academic excellence in its teaching, learning and research to serve the local, national and international communities. Strategic planning initiatives, collectively known as Strategic Directions, have been ongoing since 2003. The planning process encourages research in all areas, with particular emphasis in internationalization and sustainability. For more information about USD’s strategic planning initiatives, please see Strategic Directions.
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