September 10, 2021, Flushing, New York—Building on eight decades of providing a high-quality education to students, regardless of their background, Queens College has redefined its mission in a newly released Strategic Plan with goals to be carried out through 2026. The plan, created in a process that was unprecedented in its scope as well as its inclusive methods, aims to prepare students to serve as innovative leaders in a diverse world that they make more equitable and inclusive. Using town hall responses and a range of data compiled by the college, five working groups explored topics identified as critical to the college’s future: student success and student life; the curriculum; diversity, equity, and inclusion; faculty scholarship and creativity; and fiscal sustainability. Toward that end, the college will strive to recognize the potential of all students and facilitate opportunities for them to achieve it. The results of the college’s collective efforts are documented in the report, accessible here, preceded by an introductory letter from Queens College President Frank H. Wu.
“With the active engagement of the college community and its supporters, I look forward to bringing this strategic plan to fruition, making an already great institution even stronger,” said Wu. “I am grateful to all who participated in this important project. We have done so much already. Now we will put our principles into practice.”
For the first time, as part of the strategic planning process, the college identified its essential values—service and civic engagement; diversity, equity, and inclusion; well-rounded education; culture of mutual support; innovative leadership; and connecting scholarship and creativity with the student experience. These values underlie all the work the college hopes to achieve in the next five years, with specific steps for each area. A key part of the strategic plan is the establishment of dedicated Business and Arts Schools. Pooling the extensive expertise of QC faculty, staff, and our partners in the Borough of Queens, the schools will create new synergies, offering our students the education and experience that help people build rewarding careers.
Despite the limitations imposed by pandemic protocols, the Strategic Plan was created with the input of hundreds of participants, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, members of the Queens College Foundation, and members of the Queens community, who gathered for discussions and collaborations over Zoom. The college’s varied stakeholders were able to take part through a series of 11 virtual town halls that were held in academic year 2020 – 21.
A steering committee drawn from faculty, staff, students, administrators, and board members oversaw the strategic planning process. To keep the community informed, a presentation and a video about the project were posted to a strategic plan page on the college website. Regular updates were provided through campus email and newsletters.
Implementation of the plan has already begun, effective with the Fall 2021 semester. The President’s Cabinet members will lead and oversee implementation. Each member of the faculty and staff has a role in meeting our mission and strategic goals. To keep progress on track, a newly formed Institutional Effectiveness Advisory Council will consult with the Cabinet, and departments will conduct regular assessments in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.
About Queens College
Queens College produces more education graduates who become principals, teachers, and counselors for the city’s public schools than any other college in the metropolitan area. The college contributes to the local talent pool as a powerful economic engine and a leader in tech education. Students from across the country and around the world are attracted to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music. Its renowned faculty and alumni include nationally recognized composers, conductors, and performers who have received over 100 Grammy Awards and nominations.
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its more than 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college has been cited by Princeton Review as one of America's Best Value Colleges for four consecutive years, as well as being ranked a U.S. News and World Report Best College and Forbes Magazine Best Value College thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Visit our homepage to learn more.