OVERALL PLAN GOAL
In keeping with the mission of the City University of New
York to provide an affordable, first-rate education for students of all
backgrounds, we will continue to embrace, leverage, and build upon Queens
College’s multicultural, multilingual, transnational campus community.
Embracing the motto, “We learn so that we may serve,” we will continue to ‘up
the ante’ to provide students with an education that prepares them to be
innovators, leaders, and enlightened citizens, support our talented faculty,
and serve both our campus and local communities.
CENTENNIAL VISION: PREPARING FOR THE FUTURE
As we look forward to celebrating Queens College’s
centennial in 2037, we see ourselves thriving and leveraging our position as a
uniquely diverse and affordable institution of higher education at the global
crossroads of New York City.
None of us knows exactly what the future will bring, or
precisely what careers will present themselves, but we know the skills that
will serve our students well throughout their lives. We will prepare our
students not only for financial and professional success, but we will also
inspire and enable them to engage and embody the motto of the College. We will
support our faculty as both teachers and scholars and nurture an environment of
creative inquiry where learning and research intersect.
Our mission is to educate and prepare our students to
become leaders and contributing citizens in our increasingly challenging and
complex global society. We serve a socioeconomically and culturally diverse
population, offering a rigorous education in the liberal arts and sciences
within an intellectual community of collegiality and mutual respect. Our
faculty are productive scholars, scientists, and artists deeply committed to
teaching and the expansion of the frontiers of knowledge, who endeavor to hone
their teaching effectiveness, research, and creative work. As the largest
public institution in the Borough, we provide affordable access to higher
education and embrace our special obligation to serve the larger community. We
are an economic driver for innovation and community development through the
arts, faculty research on urban challenges, and service learning and
experiential education. As one of the most culturally and linguistically
diverse campuses in the country, situated in one of the most diverse regions in
the county, Queens College is uniquely positioned to further its founding
mission: “We learn so that we may serve.”
I. Weaving Transnational
The extraordinary diversity of Queens College and its
surroundings is one of the College’s greatest strengths. In a world that is
becoming increasingly connected, the Borough of Queens continues to be home to
immigrants from around the globe. To
that end, we will celebrate and nurture the exceptional diversity of our
students, faculty, and staff. We will draw upon our global and local resources
(among the most diverse in the nation) to leverage our vibrant campus and
surroundings to provide a unique global education.
II. Launching Graduates into the Global Future
We will provide a firm foundation in the liberal arts and
sciences that fosters excellence in critical thinking, problem solving, and
communication skills, and which encourages the adaptability and entrepreneurial
sprit necessary to prepare students for successful and productive lives. We
will fulfill our commitment to provide an affordable and valuable education
through our own entrepreneurial initiatives to obtain grants, scholarships,
equipment, and other discretionary funds.
We will continue to attract talented students from an
ethnically, culturally, linguistically, and socioeconomically diverse
population and help them fulfill their potential by providing a first-rate
education, opportunities to excel, and tailored support services.
III. Nurturing the Scholarship and Creativity of Our
We will foster the scholarly and creative pursuits of our
faculty by providing support, mentorship, and resources for recruitment,
retention, and scholarship.
In our centennial vision, Queens College is an
institution where students interact with and learn from world-class faculty and
become involved in faculty research and creative activity. Our goal of
fostering doctoral education and research requires that faculty research and
creative activity be encouraged and nurtured. We recognize that the
contributions of our diverse faculty are critical to our educational offerings
and partnerships, and will ensure that faculty have the opportunity pursue
their intellectual passions and build strong scholarly careers and reputations.
IV. Building a Campus Community
We recognize that Queens College must cultivate a campus
climate that is both encouraging and stimulating, where students, faculty, and
staff are challenged and supported to meet their full potential. As such, we
will foster a vibrant, welcoming, and supportive campus community.
V. Enriching our Local Community
We will contribute to our local community by dedicating
ourselves to research on the unique conditions, challenges, and opportunities
of urban areas. We will enrich the community by helping to transform public
education and becoming an economic engine, cultural center, and gateway to
opportunity for the area.
We value our local communities as one of the things that
makes us unique. The College is located in New York City, a global economic,
cultural, and political center. The vibrant and thriving Borough of Queens is a
fertile setting for study and creativity, and a rich resource for research in
the sciences, arts, and humanities. We also enjoy the rich community of the
City University of New York. Our centennial vision sees the College both
benefiting from and giving back to all these communities.
To achieve the five institutional goals, we will target
and measure activities in five implementation areas. Associated with each
section is a more detailed plan that incorporates the work of five committees
with membership from the faculty, staff, and student body as well as the
faculty deans and other members of the administration. Implementation groups
will be formed to develop five-year plans for implementing and assessing
progress in each of the five areas.
I. Increase our
We will increase our enrollments, with a focus on
increasing transfer and graduate enrollments.
II. Serve our
We will increase academic opportunities and improve our
student services. The goal here is to increase our matriculation, retention,
and graduation rates.
III. Raise our
We will increase academic opportunities and external
recognition of our programs, measured in programs developed, grants awarded,
and research published. Our goal is to continue to hire and retain the very
IV. Improve our
Our goal over the next five years is to double our
endowment to $100 million. We will create a model program of faculty and staff
development. We will put into place a Strategic Plan for ongoing renovation and
development of our physical space.
V. Make it work
We will link the Strategic Plan and its implementation to
our budget and development cycles as well as to the need for internal
assessment and external accreditation from the Middle States Association.