Each strategic plan had its own integrity and added valuable components to our strength and quality. Viewed together they have been building forward as well as up—with a discernible thread leading one plan to another. That is the circumstance now as well. Tomorrow gives us a clear sense of leading onward. It directs our focus toward the future yet relies on current reality.

Our new plan springs from months of concentrated thought and analysis by more than 250 members of our college community, alumni and other stakeholders. Together, we were dedicated to reviewing our last plan, defining our current position and envisioning the future for SUNY Oswego.

Throughout our strategic planning meetings and focus groups, our stakeholders expressed their commitment to our college’s mission and vision statements and the five strategic directions articulated in Engaging Challenge: Sesquicentennial Plan. Vitality, Intellectual Rigor, Engagement, World Awareness and Solutions focused our energies and activities in learning, research and global perspectives. These strategic directions provided a roadmap to coordinate our efforts to attain a pervasive learning-centered culture and respond to the ever-changing environment of higher education.

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Our mission is to contribute to the common good by lighting the path to wisdom and empowering women and men to pursue meaningful lives as productive, responsible citizens.

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Inspired by a shared commitment to excellence and the desire to transcend traditional higher-education boundaries, SUNY Oswego will be a premier institution that provides a transformative experience to a diverse body of students, empowering them to live ethical and meaningful lives and build a better world. 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to contribute to the common good by lighting the path to wisdom and empowering women and men to pursue meaningful lives as productive, responsible citizens.


Vision Statement

Inspired by a shared commitment to excellence and the desire to transcend traditional higher-education boundaries, SUNY Oswego will be a premier institution that provides a transformative experience to a diverse body of students, empowering them to live ethical and meaningful lives and build a better world.  

Tomorrow

The people who infused this new plan with their insight and experience have inspired its theme and encouraged our next steps—to see beyond the necessarily transactional portions of our work and toward our profound power to improve the world. Tomorrow will lead us to integrate our actions, assess our results and demonstrate our relevance.

At a time when some question the return on investment in traditional higher education, SUNY Oswego remains a strong, effective and best-value college.

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In fall 2014, the semester marking the launch of this plan, the college enjoyed the highest number of first-year student applicants in nearly fifty years, and we also welcomed our most diverse first-year class and highest number of students living on campus. Students, families and alumni frequently report that the transformation students experience during their time at SUNY Oswego is well worth the investment.

Still, we are acutely aware that for SUNY Oswego to continue to thrive in the long run as a residential campus and to operate in the evolving enterprise of higher education, we must provide clear evidence of our enduring value. Going forward, we will directly tie our actions and results—the drivers and indicators referenced in Tomorrow—to the impacts derived from our work. Strategically, Tomorrow will lead to a better understanding of the way SUNY Oswego pursues its mission and values. We will assess our activities and refine our actions accordingly to meet desirable outcomes tied to the public good. And, in doing so, we will have a new story of success to tell in this age of challenge. We will demonstrate our value not simply through the accounts of our students’ and graduates’ compelling experiences but also more irrefutably through empirical data.

Tomorrow will lead the way to greater educational excellence and success, firmer identity and reputation, increased institutional effectiveness and assured sustainability for SUNY Oswego for generations to come. No longer assuming beneficial impacts to the greater good—now, through Performance Drivers, Key Indicators and Impacts, we will connect the dots.

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