Strategic Plan for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities

Strategic Plan for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities


In Appalachian State University's 2022-2027 Strategic Plan, one of the six strategic priorities is advancing research, innovation and creativity. The university has developed a strategic plan to accomplish this priority by building a roadmap to facilitate research, scholarship and creative activities (RSCA) at App State. This is the first such plan in the history of the university. 


The new Strategic Plan for RSCA has four goals, each of which is supported by multiple strategies and action items:

  • Goal 1: Increase Awareness and Understanding of the Vital Role RSCA Plays in Fulfilling the University’s Mission.
  • Goal 2: Enhance the Overall Productivity and Efficiency of App State’s RSCA.
  • Goal 3: Bolster App State’s Capacity for Exceptional and Innovative Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities to Generate Knowledge and Address Critical Issues in the Region, State, Nation and World.
  • Goal 4: Increase External Engagement and Investment in RSCA.

Process for Developing the Strategic Plan for RSCA

The Strategic Plan for RSCA was developed through an inclusive, iterative process that reflects the diverse perspectives of the App State Community. A steering committee and working group led the development effort, with the support of faculty and staff members who contributed their ideas through a series of meetings held in person and on Zoom, as well as through an anonymous online survey.


Implementation Plan and Next Steps

Interim Vice Provost for Research and Innovation Christine Hendren, Ph.D. is leading implementation of the Strategic Plan for RSCA through a systematic process that engages members of the App State Community in a range of activities to help bring the new plan to life. The implementation plan will enable our community to collectively articulate and enhance our shared vision for excellence in research, scholarship and creative activities at our university. Learn more about the detailed implementation plan, including its five themes, specific actions for each theme and the timeline for those actions.