Phase 4 Implementation
A blueprint for the next decade of work for SUNY is embedded in the actions proposed in this document. Several principles will guide our strategic activities:
SUNY’s History in Focus
We will constantly reflect on and incorporate lessons learned from SUNY’s 60-year history, the legacy of Governor Nelson Rockefeller, the historical reviews and commission reports available to us, including SUNY at 60, published this year by SUNY Press, to provide context and focus for our work going forward.
A New Land Grant Model
We must continue to develop the concept of a SUNY that reflects the values and propositions of the 1862 Land Grant Act – most notably the commitment to creating educational and economic opportunities to a broad cross-section of the population – while serving as a model for a 21st-century land grant system. The development of this model will reflect a knowledge of the nation’s changing demographics and the shifting economic environment, ensuring that much of our research remains focused on application, and that our outreach is focused on the communities in which SUNY campuses reside.
Our plans are built on a strong mission and our collective commitment to the charge embossed on our SUNY seal: To Learn, To Search, To Serve. This mission not only frames our work, but is also the mechanism for delivering on the promises put forward in The Power of SUNY.
Implementation and all measures of accomplishment will also reflect the core values articulated in the SUNY plan: student-centeredness, community engagement, diversity, integrity and collaboration. We are also mindful that our commitment to diversity is a hallmark of The Power of SUNY and will be integrated into every action proposed.
A Living, Breathing Process
The strategic plan focuses on the six Big Ideas described in The Power of SUNY. However, context may change in significant ways that will require shifts in the plan as we respond to circumstances and events, and the timeframe of a decade of execution. Remaining flexible will be a critical feature of our implementation process.
Building a Better SUNY
Alongside our Big Ideas is our commitment to Building a Better SUNY: We must remain action-oriented, inclusive, and transparent; data-driven in our decision making; and accountable to our stakeholders. We are committed to the articulation of metrics that will “move the dial” toward solving some of New York’s and SUNY’s greatest challenges.
We embrace and leverage the system-wide history of shared governance, which will be reflected in the ongoing work of the implementation process.
Implementation Governance Groups