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Mission, Vision and Values


Create social and economic prosperity and well-being for the state, nation and world through agriculture and life science discovery, learning and engagement.


The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State leads partnership-driven discovery, learning and engagement. We prepare students, create and apply unbiased knowledge through advances in science and technology and drive economic development to improve the quality of life in North Carolina, our nation and the world. We fulfill the land-grant mission by embracing an interdisciplinary approach to achieve new scientific breakthroughs that translate into discoveries and meet grand challenges involving food, farming, fiber, feed, families, health, energy, water and the environment.

Core Values

We value the land-grant mission.
Integration of research, teaching and Extension advances effective and impactful learning, discovery, translation, application and engagement.

We value and insist on ethical behavior.
Accountability to students, stakeholders and ourselves ensures that our discoveries and contributions are credible and respected.

We value diversity and equal opportunities.
Diversity of our college community including faculty, staff and students enhances our success and promotes individual and collective growth and development.

We value a student focus and student success.
Broad educational experiences prepare our students to be leaders, improve communities and meet future societal challenges.

We value and cultivate partnerships.
Collaborating with internal and external partners strengthens our programs, enabling us to be successful in solving societal grand challenges.

We value programmatic impact.
Fostering a climate for discovery, innovation and application of knowledge empowers us to be proactive and relevant to the needs of our stakeholders.

We value excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.
Excellence in all endeavors creates an atmosphere that encourages achievement and builds leadership to advance our university, communities, state, nation and the world.

We value discovery and lifelong learning.
Encouraging students, faculty, staff and stakeholders to be critical thinkers and life-long learners generates the skills needed to succeed and develop innovative solutions to societal grand challenges.

We value open and respectful exchange of ideas.
Creating collaborative solutions in a climate of respect and dignity for all individuals results in robust and rich discoveries and innovations