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Extension Strategic Plan 2030

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Charting Our Course

While much of the world around us continues to change, Extension’s essential role in our state’s prosperity and the lives of millions of North Carolinians has never wavered. Now we must build upon our past successes, maintain our momentum and evolve to expand our relevance and continue meeting the diverse needs of our communities.

Extension is a bridge between North Carolinians and our state’s preeminent research university. With 101 local centers, more than 1,000 experts and a vast network of partnerships, Extension puts knowledge into action, delivering research-based solutions to local issues statewide.

To chart our course for the future, we traveled the state and heard from more than 1,000 of our team members, met one-on-one with numerous stakeholders, and collected more than 9,000 survey responses from program participants and partners throughout the state.

The resulting NC State Extension Strategic Plan 2023-2030 is a direct reflection of this comprehensive, stakeholder-driven planning process.

Strategic Plan Summary

Our strategic plan presents a vision of what NC State Extension seeks to sustain and aspire to; it identifies the priorities, goals and key initiatives that will guide us in the years ahead; and it outlines how our work will continue to translate science into solutions and impacts that improve the lives of North Carolinians and grow our state.

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Moving forward, this NC State Extension strategic plan will help chart both an ongoing course for individual initiatives within our university, as well as continued collaboration, success and growth for our N.C. Cooperative Extension partnership.


NC State Extension extends research-based knowledge to all North Carolinians, helping them transform science into everyday solutions that improve their lives and grow our state.


We will be known as the trusted, go-to resource for connecting research and education to the communities, economies and families of our state, creating prosperity for all North Carolinians.


  1. Expand Extension Awareness and Utilization Throughout the State
  2. Provide High-Caliber, Impactful Programming That Meets the Needs of Local Communities
  3. Position NC State Extension as a Premier Employer in North Carolina
  4. Enhance the Impact and Benefit of Extension Communications

A Shared Foundation:
NC State, CALS and Extension Strategic Plans

NC State’s strategic plan reflects our land-grant mission, core values and bold goals, the cornerstones of our collective work throughout the university community. Our college plan takes the university blueprint and builds upon it, positioning CALS as the premiere land-grant college in the nation.

NC State Extension’s strategic plan embraces these shared values and aspirations, while outlining the unique opportunities, obstacles and objectives we must overcome to achieve our mission of enriching lives and promoting a prosperous North Carolina.

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NC State Extension is housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and also includes faculty, staff and experts from the College of Natural Resources and the College of Design at NC State University.

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