In early 2019, President Zulma R. Toro invited CCSU faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community and business leaders to help develop a new path forward for the University by contributing to the planning process for a new strategic plan.
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) has submitted it to Dr. Mark Jackson, president of the Faculty Senate, and recommended it for approval by the Faculty Senate when it meets on Monday, January 27, 2020.
Strategic Plan 2030: Changing Lives, Building Communities; Central to Connecticut renews CCSU’s mission as the state’s oldest publicly funded institution of higher education. It 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, CCSU 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
- Assuring financial sustainability for the future.
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, along with a financial model that identifies areas of potential revenue generation and strategic investment of resources.
Faculty Senate approved the plan on February 10th, 2020.
The Board of Regents approved the new Vision Statement on April 16th, 2020.