Rutgers conducted an extensive self-study and planning
process involving all of its constituencies. The result of the
effort was the issuance of the University Strategic Plan:
A New Vision for Excellence.
The University Strategic Plan articulates a planning
process for Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The
commitments, goals, and strategies set forth in the plan indicate
the direction the university will take in order to maintain and
enhance excellence in all of its endeavors. The process of strategic
planning develops a commonality of purpose, a positive respect
for our differences, and a shared sense of responsibility for
our future. By stressing excellence in instruction, research,
and service, by recognizing the importance of diversity and innovation,
and by building our shared community, we will meet our commitments
and realize our goals. In partnership with New Jersey, Rutgers
must meet the present and future needs of the state for a highly
skilled work force that will require lifelong access to education,
for economic progress through scientific and technological innovation,
and for service to citizens in a diverse democratic society.
To accomplish its goals of excellence in the context of a public
university, Rutgers supports diversity and community in its students,
faculty, and staff; access and affordability in public higher
education; the open exchange of ideas in intellectual inquiry;
and civic responsibility within the university and outside it.
An outline of the areas in which the university will focus in
coming years is contained in the section on Mission Fulfillment.