Website for Vision 2020, the strategic plan for The University of Akron

Vision 2020 sets our University 
on bold path toward greater prominence

Mission & Vision

Our Mission | To ensure student success and leverage our region’s unique assets in the creation of knowledge and application of research that benefits humankind.

Our Vision | To set a new standard for public research universities in adding economic value and enriching lives.

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In 2012, the University of Akron Board of Trustees gave its unanimous support to a new strategic plan called Vision 2020. The year 2020 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the University, and the plan calls for bold initiatives and significant growth, including:

  • Building on Charting the Course accomplishments, reach a $1 billion investment in student programs, faculty, research, campus and community
  • A more than 30 percent increase in enrollment from the current 30,000 to 40,000 learners, including growth of students in and out of state, international students and e-learners
  • $200 million commitment in annual research expenditures, including hiring 160 new faculty and staff
  • Launching The Akron Experience, a new initiative that provides every student with a unique in-and-out-of-the-classroom learning experience to strengthen the connection between campus and community
  • New criteria for enrollment and targeted learning pathways for each student to increase retention, graduation and job-placement rates

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Audio slideshow of Vision 2020 presentation to the Board

Narrated by President Proenza and Provost Sherman.

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Vision 2020 in the news media


"...the University of Akron (is) seeing itself as part of something larger, its plan aimed at specific problems and needs, offering a pragmatic and grounded way forward. Here is the school welcoming the opportunity to take the lead, stating plainly and confidently: Follow us."

Editorial, Akron Beacon Journal, Jan. 22, 2012