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Reimagining the Future

A Strategic Plan for SDSU

The Strategic Plan will establish San Diego State University’s vision and mission for the next five years, elevating the distinctive nature of the university and its campus community.

The plan will serve as the primary guide for SDSU’s growth and commitment to teaching, research and creativity, with the intention of transforming the lives of students and engaging our communities. We believe and know that the transformative experience provided at San Diego State University enriches lives and strengthens communities on our own campus and in our binational region, and has a lasting impact around the world through the work of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.

We invite you to share your ideas and questions via the feedback form.

Proposed Strategic Planning Priorities

Earlier this year, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee was formed with 32 members representing students, faculty, staff, and administration. The committee held strategic planning kickoff events in September with the purpose of identifying initial strategic priorities for the campus. Far exceeding planned expectations, nearly 4,000 individuals (including our alumni) participated in the kickoff events and online participation options. The input we received was documented and analyzed by our external consultants from Emeritus Consulting Group and AASCU-Penson Center for Professional Development.

Informed by these results and contextual factors (e.g., performance data, rankings information, ongoing public feedback), the committee has produced a draft of five proposed strategic priorities, marking an important point in its year-long process to develop a strategic plan to chart SDSU’s future for the next five years and beyond.

To date, more than 4,000 members of the campus and broader communities have provided input and feedback leading to the development of the university's strategic priorities. As part of the committee's ongoing process, campus and other community members are encouraged to continue to share information and questions via the feedback form.

The five proposed strategic priorities and associated goal statements and activities were updated in April 2020. The full report is under review. The strategic priorities and goals, in non-ranked order, are:

We are SDSU: SDSU will expand our global impact, unifying the university through a common mission and identity. Under a single name, the multi-campus university includes the San Diego campus, SDSU Imperial Valley, SDSU World Campus, the Mesa, a future SDSU Mission Valley location, regional microsites, and other programs around the globe and online. No matter SDSU’s campus or program location, the collective mission is to support the educational and economic development of communities while creating a sense of unified belonging for students, faculty, staff and alumni. We span the entire California-Mexico border and serve the world.

  • Foster an inter-connected and equitable SDSU experience through multi-campus responsive systems of resource generation and allocation, communication and information-sharing, and systems of transportation.
  • Expand SDSU’s academic infrastructure and partnerships to meet the needs of broadly diverse learners in our region, across the nation, and the world.

Equity and Inclusion In Everything We Do: SDSU will be a global leader in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in research, teaching and in community engagement. 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.

  • Ensure that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives across campus are aligned and implemented consistently, effectively, and efficiently.
  • Foster and sustain an environment where all students, faculty, staff and alumni feel welcomed, supported, and valued by the university.
  • Recruit, retain and advance graduate students, faculty and staff who can and will effectively support the diverse student body and communities served by SDSU.

Students at our Core: SDSU commits to a future where all students are able to achieve their greatest potential. Our collective efforts will elevate SDSU as a national exemplar, providing education and training for the innovators and leaders our region and global society demand. SDSU will provide access to success through transformational experiences in and outside of the classroom for undergraduate, graduate, and lifelong learners. With an enduring commitment to innovation, resilience and to our students, we will cultivate a university culture and infrastructure that facilitates an affordable, student-centered, life-long educational journey, supported by every member of the SDSU community.

  • Ensure that all members of the campus community are prepared to advance student success by deepening the quality of learning and closing equity gaps.
  • Expand access to affordable, high-quality university undergraduate and graduate education for the people of our region and beyond.

Resilience. Designed to Thrive: SDSU is committed to building a resilient and sustainable university through innovative practices. We must develop new revenue streams to meet our scholarly and teaching aspirations, our dedication to community and diversity, and the athletic endeavors of the university. We commit to using our resources with transparency, equity, efficiency and accountability in alignment with the university's goals. As citizens of a larger global community, SDSU proudly embraces the principles of responsible environmental stewardship.

  • Diversify and expand revenue streams that support our mission and our scholarly and creative activities, teaching and athletic aspirations.
  • Allocate resources with transparency, equity, efficiency and accountability.
  • Invest in organizational practices that prioritize the responsible management of resources with a focus on global and environmental sustainability.

Becoming a Premier Public Research University: A New Kind of HSI. SDSU will forge a path to become an R1 Doctoral University where excellence and access converge. To achieve this long-term institutional goal, SDSU will leverage its unique stature as a community-engaged, border-connected, Hispanic-Serving Institution located on Kumeyaay land. We are committed to developing infrastructure and resources that enable our research activity to grow while continuing to support excellence in teaching.

  • Position SDSU to ultimately achieve R1 status.
  • Leverage SDSU’s unique identity to enhance the quantity and quality of scholarship.

A Message from the President

Dear SDSU Family,

Last year, when I arrived at San Diego State University, I promised that a strategic plan would come only after I had the opportunity to listen. I knew that listening intently to our students, faculty, staff, and alumni would help me appreciate SDSU’s rich legacy, the challenges we face today, and the opportunities ahead.

Patience, clarity, and communication will be our priorities every step of the way. My heartfelt desire is that you engage throughout this process, as it is your collective ideas that will yield a Strategic Plan that is distinct, reflective of SDSU’s legacy, and which will transform how we imagine our future.

With enthusiasm and sincerity,

Adela de la Torre
San Diego State University President

President de la Torre