In the Fall 2009 semester, President George Philip initiated a strategic planning process to help define the University's path forward. This strategic planning process was coordinated with both the Middle States review process, as well as the then-emerging SUNY-wide strategic plan. The goals of this strategic planning process were to, as a University community, create a new statement of our mission, a statement of our strategic goals, and a 5-7 year strategic blueprint for achieving our objectives.
The strategic planning process began with an overview of innovations and emerging trends in higher education to help us consider how the University at Albany can best serve the needs of a local, State, regional, national and global population in the future. The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), representative of the breadth of campus constituencies, undertook an examination of economic and environmental trends, social and political trends, trends in higher education, the interests of UAlbany stakeholders, and institutional strengths and weaknesses. Based on the analyses of the SPC, input from community forums, town halls, and individual comment, the plan presented on this website reflects the collective work of over 300 faculty, staff, and students, alumni, and members of the greater capital district community.