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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.”

The adoption of the Framework represents an important milestone, but not the end of the road.

In academic year 2016–17, strategic planning activities will shift to the local level, where all the schools, colleges, and major administrative areas of the University will identify their goals and specify the initiatives they will undertake to achieve them—guided by and aligned with the Strategic Framework.

We invite you to explore our timeline for planning and join us as the planning process continues.