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Clemson Elevate

Defining Our Pillars

Clemson Elevate is a strategic plan to propel Clemson’s success and further strengthen its reputation over a 12-year implementation period. Applying our guiding principles, criteria and analysis, Clemson will focus upon three core strategic pillars, each backed by a series of initiatives and related metrics.

Priorities by Pillar

Deliver the No. 1 Student Experience in the Nation

Every Student Thrives


  1. Excel in experiential learning.
  2. Amplify academic success.
  3. Promote the Clemson Experience.
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Double Research Expenditures by 2035, Position for AAU Membership

Discovery Drives Success


  • Build an AAU-aligned faculty that leverages existing and emerging research strengths and addresses societal needs.
  • Create world-class research infrastructure.
  • Leverage the Innovation Campuses and partnerships.
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Transform Lives Statewide and Beyond Through Educational, Economic, Agricultural and Health Outreach

Service Builds Community


  • Enhance educational and economic opportunities for South Carolinians.
  • Promote agricultural and natural resources excellence and lead animal health issues for the state.
  • Improve the health outcomes of South Carolinians.
Key Actions for Transforming Lives
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