When Fresno State embarked on our strategic plan journey over a year ago, we knew we would need a comprehensive plan that reflects our shared values and objectives and is grounded in the wide range of input and feedback from our entire campus. We also knew that this plan must be measurable, with concrete objectives that ensure accountability to this vision. Our strategic plan is important for so many reasons: We will strengthen the academic preparation of our students and ensure their future success; enhance faculty research and staff development; and deepen our impact in our region and beyond through partnerships with industry and community organizations.
Our strategic plan reflects Fresno State’s core values, deeply rooted in our commitment to our community’s economic and social vibrancy and our resolve for a bright future. This collaborative plan, a product of the feedback of thousands of individuals, is a living and breathing document that will strengthen with regular assessment of our progress. I look forward to sharing with you our success in the coming years and partnering with you to make these goals a reality.
I have complete confidence that with this plan, our collective energy will take us to the next level –from our current position as a regional powerhouse, to a nationally and internationally recognized university. I want to thank Dr. Sal Rinella, who was a guiding force for this project, Dr. Sergio La Porta and Emily Roos, who kept this plan on track, and our entire strategic plan steering committee and sub-committees, who worked tirelessly to bring this to fruition.
It is an honor to work alongside all of you in mapping these next exciting steps of our bright future.
Saúl Jiménez-Sandoval, Ph.D.