SUNY Releases 2012 Master Plan: Delivering on our Promise

June 4, 2012

Albany – The State University of New York today released its 2012 Master Plan: Delivering on Our Promise, which documents the system’s progress on its strategic planning goals and toward the 2012 initiatives outlined by Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher in her State of the University Address this past January.

A copy of the plan is available online.

“The Master Plan outlines what SUNY has accomplished over the last several years as we have undertaken our ambitious strategic plan, The Power of SUNY,” said SUNY Board of Trustees Chairman H. Carl McCall. “Delivering on Our Promise will serve as an excellent reference within SUNY and for all of our stakeholders as we continue to ensure excellence in every facet of our mission, from academic offerings and ground-breaking research to educational access to economic development.”

“SUNY has made tremendous progress toward the goals we first laid out in our strategic plan in 2010, and we continue to uphold our commitment to transparency and accountability with today’s release of the Master Plan,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Delivering on our Promise provides the story of how we arrived at our vision for SUNY, the mechanics of its implementation, and a substantive update on the initiatives that are bringing The Power of SUNY to life.”

The master plan includes descriptions of initiatives that are leveraging SUNY’s diverse system of 64 campuses to catalyze economic revitalization and create better quality of life for the citizens of New York State.

Delivering on Our Promise also lays out the work of SUNY’s newly convened “Getting Down to Business” teams, established to carry out not only the Six Big Ideas first highlighted by The Power of SUNY, but also the nine, more specific charges Chancellor Zimpher laid out for the current year in her 2012 State of the University Address:

  • Shifting Administrative Cost Savings to Instruction
  • Allocating Resources Based on Performance
  • Crossing the Digital Divide
  • Delivering on 6 Big Ideas
  • Reduce the Need for Remediation
  • Producing New York’s Future Workforce
  • Connecting the Transfer Dots
  • Opening the Door to Online Education
  • Turning Access into Completion

The master plan was adopted by the SUNY Board of Trustees in May, in fulfillment of Section 354 of the State Education Law, and submitted to the New York State Board of Regents and to the Governor of the State of New York last week.

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, with 64 college and university campuses located within 30 miles of every home, school, and business in the state. As of Fall 2018, more than 424,000 students were enrolled in a degree program at a SUNY campus. In total, SUNY served 1.4 million students in credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs in the 2017-18 academic year. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Its students and faculty make significant contributions to research and discovery, contributing to a $1.6 billion research portfolio. There are 3 million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit

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