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Butler Beyond Strategic Direction

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Butler University is at the crossroads of tradition and transformation. Our founding ideals of educational equity and academic excellence compel us to boldly innovate and expansively educate—thereby strengthening the positive impact we make on the learners and communities we serve.
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Strategic Commitments

A reflection of the words and statements expressed by our campus community throughout the planning process, the following strategic commitments serve as the foundation for Butler’s new strategic direction.

Tradition + Innovation graphic1. Relevance

Ensure Butler’s programs and experiences are inclusive of the academic, social, and career needs of future learners.

2. Value

Maximize the return on investment in a Butler education through exceptional focus on both access and outcomes.

3. Distinction

Develop and enhance programs and experiences of distinction.

4. Innovation

Develop and grow new educational and business models that address the future of higher education and drive long-term stability and success for the University.

5. Effectiveness

Develop and support the organizational capabilities and capacity necessary to enable a culture of innovation and an effective organization.

Central to Butler’s strategic direction is the commitment to embracing and supporting learners of all life stages and backgrounds. We recognize different learners have different needs and, therefore, may require different models of education. Butler’s new strategic direction is based on advancing three models of education—the traditional, residential undergraduate model; a lifelong learning model; and Butler’s founding mission model.


Butler will continue to advance and build on the success of its traditional, undergraduate model, enhancing programs and experiences of distinction, maximizing exceptional student outcomes, and delivering an education inclusive of the academic, social, and career needs of future learners. 

Lifelong Learning

Butler will establish an organizational structure and expand programmatic offerings that meet the needs of non-traditional and online learners, including alternative credentials and certificates, corporate education, and degree and non-degree programs for adults and those that desire a more flexible and personalized university experience.

Founding Mission

In collaboration with the community, Butler will identify and design solutions that advance Butler’s efforts in developing new educational models that create accessible solutions for learners currently excluded from traditional private higher education and which are reflective of Butler founding values of diversity, equality, and inclusion.

Strategic Priorities

Seven strategic priorities have been established to focus efforts and advance each of the three models of education.

Educational Priorities

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Ensure the accessibility, relevancy, and distinctive impact of a Butler degree

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Enhance holistic student well-being and engagement

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Establish Butler as a leader in developing future models of education

Organizational Excellence Priorities


Build a culture of empowerment, engagement, and accountability


Create an intentionally diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus community


Strengthen the University's short- and long-term sustainability

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Advance and strengthen Butler's external reputation and brand

View Strategic Initiatives and Progress

In support of our strategic priorities, a number of initiatives and tactics have been established. Click to learn more about our plan.

Butler’s Mission

Our mission is to provide the highest quality of liberal and professional education and to integrate the liberal arts with professional education, by creating and fostering a stimulating intellectual community built upon interactive dialogue and inquiry among students, faculty, and staff.