Strategic Plan - Planning Process

students in the Academic Quad

In May 2017, Stockton University launched its new mission, vision, and values statements. These institutional priorities, prepared by a shared governance task force, reviewed, edited, and endorsed by the campus community, and approved by the Board of Trustees, help to define the University’s future aspirations.

The next step was to create a new strategic plan and to identify areas of focus for the next five years. In fall 2017, an evaluation committee reviewed submissions from a nationwide call for proposals from strategic planning consultants. On the committee’s recommendation, we selected DumontJanks, a leading national firm from Boston, MA, to help guide the process, and early in 2018 convened the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

This group included 40 faculty, staff, students, and administrators, and was charged with utilizing the University’s mission, vision, guiding principle, and values statements to develop a new strategic plan that sets long-range priorities to support student, academic, and facility goals, and reflected our financial position and long-range opportunities and priorities.

Between February and May 2018, the Steering Committee worked with DumontJanks to facilitate several on-campus visits and tele-conferences, review dozens of documents, reports and surveys, and meet with hundreds of University stakeholders in individual, small-group, and open forums.

Revisions continued over the summer and early fall of 2018, and were shared with the President’s Cabinet, Board of Trustees, and Stockton community. An electronic feedback form collected additional feedback, as did multiple open forums—20 in all—coordinated by the Office of the Provost, held over the fall of 2018 and spring of 2019.

Overall, online or in person, we connected with more than 700 campus members from across the Stockton community. What follows is a revised version of the plan which incorporates their contributions.