Strategic Plan 2023-2033

A Message from President Marc Parlange

President Marc Parlange

Dear Members and Friends of the URI Community,

For more than 130 years, the University of Rhode Island has been dedicated to serving the people and communities of Rhode Island as the state’s flagship public research university. Today we are a thriving, welcoming community that attracts faculty and students from around the world. We have been shaped by the educators, entrepreneurs, innovators, leaders, and risk takers who created our dynamic campuses and global partnerships. I am inspired by and celebrate URI’s rich history and all that we have accomplished, and I am looking forward to embracing the many opportunities that lie ahead.

I have always believed that higher education provides the greatest possible potential for driving positive change in the world. Universities like ours have the opportunity—and the responsibility—to educate, inspire, and equip the next generation of learners with the ideas, knowledge, and skills they need to be good global citizens.

This strategic plan is our roadmap. It will help us navigate challenges, seize opportunities, and create mileposts by which we will measure our success. It will help us distinguish ourselves from our peers, nationally and internationally; it will help us forge new partnerships for the broader good; and it will invigorate and unite us with a renewed sense of purpose.

I am confident that we will elevate our standing as a leading global research institution that drives positive social, economic, cultural, and environmental change. We will deepen our commitment to our land- and sea-grant missions. We will foster an active and engaged learning environment. And we will cultivate a sense of place with endless opportunities to collaborate, network, live, learn, and conduct research.

There is so much we can achieve together. Now is our time, and this plan is our guide.

Marc Parlange