About Strategic Planning

Fordham believes strategic planning is most effective when it is ongoing and collaborative. We have built a process that continuously examines and responds to the changing internal and external environments that shape the University.

Since the launch of Continuous University Strategic Planning (CUSP) in 2015, a culture of collaborative strategic thinking has emerged at Fordham, as hundreds of faculty and staff have embraced the priorities articulated in the Strategic Framework. These priorities have taken on new life through numerous initiatives at both the institutional and local levels, and they are perennial guideposts for the University, which we will pursue in each iteration of our planning.

Educating for Justice: Fordham University’s Vision and Strategic Plan for 2021–2026 seeks to re-envision Fordham’s historic yet dynamic mission for the post-pandemic world of the mid-twenty-first century. Through goals, objectives, and concrete initiatives that we will achieve over the next five years, the plan charts a path for the University to become ever more fully itself through mission-driven innovation.

Strategic Planning Milestones

  • Continuous University Strategic Planning (CUSP) begins.
  • A Strategic Framework for Fordham’s Future: Bothered Excellence is approved by the Board of Trustees.
  • Fordham’s Diversity Action Plan, responding to recommendations from the University’s Task Force on Diversity, is published.
  • Schools and divisions of the University begin developing local strategic plans in response to the priorities in the Strategic Framework
  • Fordham University participates in a Mission Priority Examen at the request of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, considering how effectively we are accomplishing our mission as a Jesuit university.
  • Fordham University hires first Chief Diversity Officer.
  • Schools and divisions begin publishing their local strategic plans.
  • Implementation of Educating for Justice initiatives begins.