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Measuring Our Progress

We use key metrics to gain insight on what we’ve accomplished so far, and to provide direction on where we go next.

Focused on the Future

NC State follows a select set of metrics to measure progress towards the strategic goals of Wolfpack 2030: Powering the Extraordinary. We’ve chosen metrics that provide consistency and continuity between the prior strategic plan and this one. 

We also continue to develop new metrics as needed to fully capture performance and progress toward our strategic goals. Visit our metrics dashboard regularly to see what we’re doing now and what we aim to achieve throughout this strategic plan.

Goal 1: Empower students for a lifetime of success and impact.

We support our students in the present by equipping them for the future. See data about student enrollment and degrees earned, retention and graduation rates, high-impact practices, scholarships and fellowships,  and how prepared our graduates feel for what’s next.

grad students at graduation

Goal 2: Ensure preeminence in research, scholarship, innovation and collaboration.

We’re a preeminent R1 university that promotes collaboration across disciplinary boundaries. Learn more about our faculty and postdocs’ federal and other research expenditures, and how satisfied faculty are with institutional support for research activities.

Students work in the Constructed Facilities lab on Centennial Campus

Goal 3: Expand and advance our engagement with and service to North Carolina and beyond, defining the standard for a 21st-century land-grant university.

We equip our faculty, staff and students to take their research and engagement beyond campus walls. Learn how satisfied faculty are with recognition for their outreach activities and how frequently students participate in extension and public service with faculty outside of class.

Dr. Rick Brandenburg, Extension Specialist

Goal 4: Champion a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and well-being in all we do.

We strive to make NC State a more welcoming place for all. Learn about the demographics of our faculty, staff and students, and their experiences and opinions related to diversity, inclusion and belonging on campus.

Respect the Pack 2021-- students pose with the mural at the Free Expression Tunnel.

Goal 5: Improve university effectiveness through transformative technologies, cutting-edge processes and actionable data.

NC State strives to be a high-performing organization, in every aspect of our operation. View employee beliefs about working at our dynamic university.


Goal 6: Lead in developing innovative partnerships, entrepreneurial thinking and applied problem-solving.

We connect the brightest, most innovative minds to address challenges and create opportunities. See trends in the licensing income earned from NC State’s nationally recognized efforts to license our technologies for use in everyday solutions.

Students work in the Entrepreneurship Clinic

Goal 7: Elevate the national and global reputation and visibility of NC State.

We strive to keep the Wolfpack community connected to our mission and are proud of our reputation as an outstanding institution of higher education. See data about annual donor support to NC State and our endowment, and about alumni and faculty pride in being part of NC State.

Winter sunrise at the Belltower. Photo by Becky Kirkland.

Got Questions?

If you have any questions about our strategic planning metrics, how they work, and why we use them, please contact