Vision 2020: Creating a Culture of Excellence articulates Texas A&M University's bold recognition of necessary institutional evolution required to achieve its mission as a land, sea, and space grant institution of global preeminence. Adopted in 1999, with an explicit vision for acceptance as a consensus leader among peer public institutions, more than 250 stakeholders worked to identify benchmarks, which if achieved, would enhance the value of Texas A&M to The Texas A&M University System, the State of Texas, and the nation.

Vision 2020 identifies twelve specific areas of focus, which are underscored as well-crafted imperatives that define accepted precepts and goals that the university will target over the course of two decades.

For 10 years, Vision 2020 has guided strategic planning, budgeting, and administrative priorities, making tremendous progress and garnering national accolades for our unique combination of core values and academic excellence.

In the fall of 2008, recognizing the approaching halfway point in the 20 year timeframe for Vision 2020, Texas A&M embarked on a new planning effort to refocus efforts toward achievable and uniquely positioned strategic initiatives.  The Strategic Plan is intended to build on the success from the previous decade, recognize areas for attention, and reaffirm our commitment to Vision 2020.

After assuming the presidency of Texas A&M University, one of Dr. R. Bowen Loftin first actions was to initiate a mid-term review of Vision 2020 that would guide the university during the remaining decade of this comprehensive effort.  More than 200 faculty, staff, students and friends of Texas A&M served on teams that assessed our progress toward Vision 2020, helped refine our benchmarking process, and update the framework by which we can achieve the greatest possible impact in our teaching, research, and service missions. This impact will enhance the value of a Texas A&M degree for both our current students and our more than 360,000 former students around the world.