Strategic Plan

In early 2019, President Zulma R. Toro invited Central faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community and business leaders to help develop a new path forward for the university. 

Based on their input through a survey, interviews, work group meetings, and open forums, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) prepared a comprehensive strategic plan. 

Following its review, the University Planning and Budget Committee (UPBC) submitted the plan to the Faculty Senate, which approved it on February 10, 2020.  

Strategic Plan 2030: Changing Lives, Building Communities; Central to Connecticut renews Central’s mission as the state’s oldest publicly funded institution of higher education. It ensures that a strong liberal arts foundation continues to serve as the underpinning of a Central education. Building on this foundation of high-impact practices and community engagement, Central will educate career-ready graduates who are well-informed, civic-minded citizens who are prepared to contribute to the needs of our increasingly diverse society. 

The plan also presents a new vision for advancing social mobility while driving economic, cultural, and intellectual vitality within the communities we serve. It also functions as a dynamic planning strategy as we strive to become an agile institution of higher education able to adapt to changing trends and emerging opportunities. 

The plan includes five goals: 

  1. Enhancing academic excellence and preparing graduates who thrive in a changing economy; 
  2. Increasing access to higher education and ensuring student success; 
  3. Fostering an inclusive and safe campus culture that values and encourages individuals to participate in a free and respectful exchange of ideas; 
  4. Strengthening stewardship by advancing scholarship, service learning, and community meant for the public good; and 
  5. Assuring financial sustainability for the future. 

The SPSC also developed an Action Plan that cites key activities that will ensure the university meets each goal and objective, as well as a financial model that identifies areas of potential revenue generation and strategic investment of resources.