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Strategic Plan


Achieving our Vision through our Distinctive Institutional Identity and Reputation

As a nationally recognized community of scholars, teachers, researchers, innovators and trailblazers, we tell our success stories to deepen our relationships and increase engagement and support of our university and its strategic priorities.

6.1 Establish CSUSM’s reputation as a national leader in social mobility through our commitment to academic excellence, student success, inclusive excellence, innovation, community engagement, sustainability and stewardship of resources as the foundation of the university’s reputation and identity.

6.2 Prepare for and launch a new comprehensive philanthropic campaign that educates, engages and inspires constituents about our new vision while further developing a culture of philanthropy.

6.3 Cultivate pride among internal constituents (current students, faculty, staff and administrators) through a shared understanding and experience of CSUSM’s identity, culture, values and traditions.

6.4 Expand CSUSM’s influence and effectiveness through strong, mutually beneficial community partnerships that enhance student learning, spur economic development, meet community needs, and/or enhance revenue/philanthropy.

6.5 Strengthen and align CSUSM's engagement with regional employers, industry, elected officials, alumni, friends, parents and families.

6.6 Raise our institutional profile through select program accreditation and national program/university rankings, media placements, and prestigious national and international recognitions.


As a campus community, we have completed the first phase of the strategic planning process. The next phase involves developing an implementation plan for each goal that will get posted here once completed. At this stage we have to bring our most innovative ideas and best practices to develop a set of action items that we can implement over the five to seven years to get us to our vision.

What's Next?

We encourage all members of the campus community to collaborate on action items so that we can leverage our synergies and existing expertise to create seamless educational experiences for our students. Check out our implementation plan and timeline to discover how you can contribute to the next phase of our strategic plan. You can also submit ideas through

View the Implementation Process

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