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This has been an extremely exciting period as we embarked on our first institutional strategic planning process in nearly 15 years. Together, we have developed a new mission, a new vision and new values. We have also outlined goals and objectives that will help us achieve our aspirations. Thanks to the collective leadership of all of you, we have collectively chosen where we want to go and who we want to be over the next five to seven years! 

The next phase involves developing an implementation plan. The implementation plan is defined as a set of action items corresponding to each objective specifically designed to help us achieve our desired vision. 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 with the understanding that these action items could change. As conditions change, we will keep our eye on our vision while remaining flexible and nimble in our approach. The strategic plan will serve as our compass as we navigate an ever-shifting landscape.

Our new vision statement includes our aspiration to become a national leader in social mobility, especially the ways in which we serve our first-generation students. To achieve this vision with our students instead of for our students, we encourage you to explicitly include student input/voices in developing your action items and unit-level plans.

Given that our resources are limited, strategic planning is also about making choices and allocating new resources and reallocating existing resources towards those action items that will best help us achieve our vision while staying grounded in our mission.

Questions for Discussion

  • What activities/action items will best ensure that we achieve our vision in the foreseeable future?
  • How is the environment within which we operate evolving? How do we adapt to recent changes and anticipate what is next?
  • What do we not do or consider not doing?
  • How do we exemplify and promote the values of our university in the action items we choose?
  • What evidence do we collect to demonstrate progress in each area? What are the leading indicators that show the impact of our actions and what are the long-term measures that will result? 

Attend an Upcoming Inspiration Session

The campus community is invited to attend and participate in an upcoming Implementation Plan Inspiration Session. These sessions are intended to inspire next steps related to our mission, vision and goals. Learn from and share with others how you can participate and work across units and divisions to move our plan forward and achieve our vision.

  • Inspiration Session #1 - Thursday, April 21 from 9 to 10 a.m. - Virtual on Zoom:
    (Please note, CSUSM authentication required to join)
  • Inspiration Session #2 - Monday, April 25 from 10 to 11 a.m. - In person (Kellogg Reading Room, KEL 5400) - Due to limited seating capacity, please RSVP to if you plan to attend this session.