Dear Central Family,
At the beginning of the year, I invited you to help us develop a new path forward for our University by contributing to the strategic planning process. Based on your input through a survey, interviews, work group meetings, and open forums, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) has prepared a comprehensive strategic plan draft that is ready for your review and feedback (see details below for providing feedback).
Strategic Plan 2030: Changing Lives, Building Communities; Central to Connecticut renews our mission as the state’s oldest publicly funded institution of higher education and ensures that a strong liberal arts foundation serves as the underpinnings of a CCSU education. Building on this foundation of high impact practices and community engagement, we will educate career-ready graduates who are well-informed, civic-minded citizens who are prepared to contribute to the needs 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.
With a solid base provided by the work groups and thoughtful input from the University Planning & Budget Committee (UPBC), the SPSC has put forth a remarkable plan. At the very center of it are five goals, and they are:
- Enhancing academic excellence and preparing graduates who thrive in a changing economy;
- Increasing access to higher education and ensuring student success;
- Fostering an inclusive and safe campus culture that values and encourages individuals to participate in a free and respectful exchange of ideas;
- Strengthening stewardship by advancing scholarship, service learning, and community meant for the public good; and
- Elevating financial sustainability and prosperity.
Goal #1 serves as the foundation on which we will achieve our mission. Goals #2, #3 and #4 will support academic excellence and help distinguish the unique value of a CCSU education. Goal #5 will provide the needed support to make the first four goals possible.
In addition to mapping the specific objectives required to successfully achieve each goal, the SPSC also developed an Action Plan that identifies key activities needed to meet each goal and objective.
I encourage you to review the drafts of both the strategic plan and action plan which are available at www.ccsu.edu/strategicplan. On Tuesday, November 19 at 3 p.m., please join us in the Constitution Room for a presentation and discussion of the proposed plan and our vision for the future of CCSU.
Following the forum, we will send you a survey link to collect additional feedback.
I extend my sincere gratitude to the many who have contributed to the strategic planning process, including the work groups, the SPSC, the UPBC, and the Integrated Planning Council (IPC). To get us this far in a relatively short amount of time, required a great deal of time, dedication, and collaboration. Thank you!
I look forward to seeing you at next week’s forum and in receiving your thoughts and comments.
Zulma R. Toro