Strategic Plan "This is a long-term, living plan. The goal is that five years or 10 years from now, we will arrive at a place that would not have been possible had we not envisioned it and dared to dream big." - President Stuart R. Bell Economic Outreach Economic development is an important responsibility of the State’s flagship academic institution. The University of Alabama seeks to prepare a job-ready workforce, extend programs to serve rural and urban communities, forge research partnerships, transfer technologies, foster innovation and scholarship, build small businesses, support industry, and create jobs. Impact on Alabama Impact matters. It’s what drives us… in the classroom, in our labs, in our daily lives. It is fueled by our imaginations and defined by our enduring legacies. Research At The University of Alabama, our research efforts make a hands-on difference in the lives of the people we serve. Our world-class faculty, staff and students are leading the way as our state explores new technologies, advances scientific discovery and harnesses the power of creative thought to fuel the economy of the future. Community Partnerships The Division of Community Affairs is helping the University fulfill its mission to advance the intellectual and social condition of the people of Alabama through innovative programs that connect our mission of teaching, research, and service in ways that improve the quality of life for individuals and communities.