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Strategic Planning

Bothered excellence—an exuberant restlessness of mind and soul, both Fordham’s distinctive advantage and our gift to the world.

Joseph M. McShane, SJ

At Fordham, strategic planning is continuous planning.

In fall 2015, University President Joseph M. McShane, S.J., set in motion a process to set Fordham’s strategic direction for the next several years. A dedicated committee of faculty and administrators crafted A Strategic Framework for Fordham’s Future: Bothered Excellence, which was approved by the Board of Trustees in September 2016.

The Strategic Framework identifies six areas of strategic work for the University to pursue, under the headings of the following priorities:

  • Contemporary teaching and learning infused with ethics and justice
  • Strategically focused research
  • The inspiration and challenge of New York City
  • A global perspective
  • A diverse and inclusive community
  • A strategic and agile institution
Strategic Priorities

Each of the priorities emerges out of the intersection of Fordham’s mission as a Jesuit university with our location in New York City. As the Strategic Framework insists, our engagement with New York is “rigorous, imaginative, and continually evolving; we could ask for no better sparring partner for our minds and hearts.”

2018-2019 Continuous Strategic Planning

Fordham has launched the second phase of its continuous strategic planning process. The 2018-2019 CUSP Committee is charged with developing a set of initiatives to advance our strategic priorities, accompanied by budgets and timelines, for review by the Board of Trustees at its meeting in December 2019. These initiatives will be faithful to the CUSP Strategic Framework, responsive to the forces at work in the higher education landscape, and reflective of the local planning work that has been underway. Learn more about this new phase of continuous strategic planning.