University of Memphis Strategic Plan


Leading through Innovation - 2019-2023


We provide the highest quality education by focusing on research and service benefiting local and global communities.

The University is classified as “Carnegie R1” or "Doctoral: Very High Research Activity and Community Engaged" per the Carnegie Classification for Institutions of Higher Learning. With a focus on research and service benefitting communities locally and across the globe, we are home to nationally designated centers of excellence in cybersecurity research and education, transportation workforce development, mobile health data and five Tennessee centers of research excellence.

The UofM is dedicated to providing the highest quality of education to more than 21,500 students through 13 colleges and schools that offer more than 140 academic degree programs at the undergraduate, masters, doctoral and professional levels. The UofM awards approximately 4,500 degrees annually. Talented and innovative faculty have developed 31 undergraduate and 38 graduate programs in various disciplines that are ranked in the top 25 nationally. Our metropolitan setting has enabled us to build a nationally recognized internship program that facilitates the placement of undergraduate and graduate students throughout the community in nonprofit and for-profit organizations that specialize in healthcare, government, transportation and logistics, music and entertainment, medical devices, banking and the arts.


The University of Memphis is an internationally recognized, urban public research university preparing students for success in a diverse, innovative, global environment.


Accountability > 


Integrity, transparency,
excellence and the
highest standards govern
everything we do.

Collaboration > 


We seek partnerships
both within and beyond
the University to enhance
our actions and our outcomes.

and Inclusion >

and Inclusion

Everyone is respected,
included and given
the opportunity to excel.


Innovation > 


We consistently seek
a better way, and
we embrace challenges.

Service > 


Our purpose is to
benefit our students
and society through
knowledge and effort.

Student Success > 

Student Success

We provide every
student with the opportunity
to excel.


Highest Priorities

  • Student Success, Access and Affordability
  • Academic Excellence
  • Research and Innovation
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Community, Alumni and External Collaborations
  • Brand Enhancement and Global Visibility
  • Sustainability