Dear SDSU Community,

You received an earlier message from us indicating that the SDSU Strategic Planning Steering Committee has reached an important milestone in year-long process to develop a strategic plan. We are writing to inform you that we have extended the deadline to provide feedback on the proposed priorities. Please provide your input no later than December 6 at 5 p.m. via the feedback form found on the strategic planning website, "Reimagining the Future: A Strategic Plan for SDSU."

The five proposed strategic priorities, in non-ranked order, are:

  • We are SDSU: SDSU will expand and unify our multi-campus and virtual university through a common mission and identity. No matter SDSU’s campus or program location, our collective mission is to support the educational and economic development of our regional partners while creating a sense of unified belonging for students, faculty, staff and alumni. Under a single name, our multi-campus university includes the Imperial Valley, the Mesa, a future Mission Valley location, micro-sites, programs around the globe, and online. We span the entire California-Mexico border and serve the world.
  • Students are at our Core: SDSU will be a national exemplar in providing access to success through transformational experiences in and outside of the classroom for undergraduate, graduate, and adult learners. We will cultivate a university culture and infrastructure that facilitates an affordable, student-centered, lifelong educational journey, supported by every member of the SDSU family. Our collective efforts will elevate SDSU as a national exemplar for educating and training the innovators and leaders our region and global society demand. We commit to a future where students — before, during and after their collegiate years — are able to achieve their current and future goals, and their greatest potential.
  • Premiere Hispanic Serving Institution / Research I: SDSU will forge our own distinct identity as a premier Hispanic Serving, Research I university. We will leverage SDSU’s border-connected location to become a premier Hispanic Serving Institution/Research I university with a dedication to high-quality teaching. As a community of scholars, SDSU is committed to forging a distinct identity as a public university that embraces strengths in both research and teaching, while recognizing our unique opportunities for excellence in public-facing, border, and indigenous scholarship. We commit to developing an infrastructure that supports this work.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: SDSU will be a global leader in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in research, teaching and in the community. At SDSU, the mark of our global leadership will be an innovative institutional infrastructure that promotes and supports diversity, equity and inclusion in everything we do: research, teaching, professional development, student experiences in and outside the classroom, and community relationships. Our values compel us to foster such an environment, where community members of all identities can thrive. We embrace SDSU’s identity as a Hispanic Serving Institution on the border, and recognize our residence on Kumeyaay land.
  • Sustainability and Innovation: SDSU will develop innovative and sustainable practices to generate revenue streams that meet the scholarly, teaching, community, and athletic aspirations of the University. At SDSU, we will exercise our stewardship and prioritization of university resources with accountability, transparency, and sustainability. Our priorities are to invest in the physical infrastructure, technology, and human capital with a commitment to fiscal, social and environmental sustainability. We commit to diversifying funding streams to grow capacity, to create a more resilient institution, to allow for future fiscal stability and to enable SDSU to meet its strategic priorities.

Again, please provide feedback as soon as possible. The committee will review feedback to finalize the priorities. After finalizing the prioritize, the committee will then draft goal statements that describe what the campus will need to do to meet the defined priorities.

More information is available online:

Thank you, again, for your involvement in this critically important process toward charting the future of our university.

Salvador Hector Ochoa
SDSU Provost and Senior Vice President

J. Luke Wood
SDSU Chief Diversity Officer

Members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee

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