SDSU Strategic Planning

Dear SDSU Community,

We are pleased to announce that we have formally ended the strategic planning process. As SDSU President Adela de la Torre shared yesterday in the All-University Convocation, our new strategic plan is formalized as “We Rise We Defy: Transcending Borders, Transforming Lives.”

This summer, we finalized this visionary five-year plan after members of the University Senate and Associated Students formally reviewed the plan. We are now establishing implementation teams, appointing responsibility for each of the more than 50 activities defined in the plan. These teams, which we will soon announce, will be responsible for bringing life to our defined vision.

Our strategic plan belongs to every member of our community, and those who have yet to join us. It is both aspirational and inspirational, and will adjust our university’s lens and positions to more effectively support and serve our students, faculty, staff and the broader communities where we are located.

Our power is in who we are as a community, and our individual and collective strength. We are a uniquely positioned university situated on Kumeyaay land near the U.S.-Mexico borders that is both a research powerhouse and a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a diverse, high achieving student body.

Through the strategic plan, we will:

  • Assess and update our physical information technology infrastructures, our equitable hiring and promotion practices, the university’s climate action plans, our environmental sustainability efforts, and SDSU Library acquisitions and equipment.

  • Establish professional development plans for graduate students, new centers to accelerate research, partnerships with universities in Latin America for collaborative research, and multi-year objective setting and budget planning for the university.

  • Propose and launch intergroup dialogue programs to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, and new strategically placed Ph.D. programs.

  • Grow our capacity to greatly expand access to online education, reduce student success and equity gaps, diversify our revenue streams, offer independent doctorate degrees, and to expand research around border and indigenous scholarship, as we sit on Kumeyaay land.

  • Educate and train students, faculty, and staff about implicit bias and inclusive communication and prioritize professional learning on inclusive practices for anyone hiring new employees.

  • Envision SDSU as a single with a shared vision and responsibility, as defined by the strategic plan, whether in San Diego, Calexico, Georgia or when meeting our students virtually.

We strongly believe that the plan ⁠— pinned by thousands of members of our SDSU family ⁠— will create a more sustainable, equitable, inclusive, and environmentally responsible campus community. We will continue to share information and updates as we look toward officially launching the strategic plan later this year.

Salvador Hector Ochoa, Ph.D.
SDSU Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

J. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Diversity

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