Strategic Imperatives

Provide an integrated, student-centered experience, highlighted by strong mentoring relationships that develop students’ full potential.

  • Attract, enroll, retain, and graduate an increasingly selective student body
  • Provide increased financial aid
  • Increase the number of cohort-shared experiences through new initiatives aimed at developing community and cohesion within classes
  • Increase opportunities for student-driven involvement and engagement
  • Maintain small undergraduate class sizes while allowing for size flexibility when pedagogically or technologically appropriate
  • Increase the percentage of introductory undergraduate classes taught by full-time faculty
  • Increase the percentage of courses taught as part of living-learning communities
  • Develop an integrated general-education curriculum for undergraduate students in CAS and SBS to ensure fulfillment of core learning competencies and facilitate seamless movement between the two schools
  • Reinforce programs for student health, including robust intramural, recreational, fitness, and wellness programs

Offer an education that blends theory and practice and prepares students to be innovative thinkers who can succeed in a rapidly evolving employment landscape and in an increasingly global community.

  • Focus the curriculum and enhance co-curricular opportunities to nurture entrepreneurial and innovative thinking
  • Reinforce the University commitment to provide all undergraduate students with a core liberal arts foundation
  • Integrate professional education with the development of critical thinking skills, critical reading skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills to create flexible and versatile students prepared for a dynamic, fast-changing work environment
  • Focus resources in areas of traditional strength, emerging growth, and interdisciplinary opportunity, including: public interest, public policy, government, and urban studies; communications; psychology and sociology; international studies; management, marketing, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, and global business; advocacy, business law, and litigation; intellectual property and innovation
  • Infuse multi-cultural competencies and diversity into the curriculum using a broad approach
  • Provide enhanced opportunities for students to grow their global understanding and outreach through expanded global seminars, study tours, study-abroad experiences, and global service-learning options

Leverage our borderless campus located in Boston to develop local, national, and global experiential learning and career opportunities for our students.

  • Develop strategic partnerships among our advancement office, alumni, the City of Boston, regional, national and global for-profit and non-profit organizations, and government agencies to promote mentorship, internship, and career opportunities
  • Develop specialized career services offices, with administrative oversight, to obtain strategic partnerships, internships, networking opportunities, and job placements for students
  • Encourage faculty to develop local, regional, national, and global relationships leading to internship and career opportunities
  • Develop curriculum and programs that utilize our alumni and strategic partners while preparing our students for their career searches
  • Develop and mandate a yearly curricular module that prepares students for their career searches, focusing on career planning, résumé building, internship and job search techniques, interviewing skills, professionalism, and the impact of social media
  • Require an experiential learning component, including internships, clinics, and practica, with local, regional, national, or global organizations

Develop, recognize, and reward excellence in teaching and in scholarship.

  • Recruit teacher-scholars in areas of strength, emerging growth, and interdisciplinary opportunities
  • Encourage a culture of continuous innovation in teaching and scholarship across the University community
  • Provide support and encourage professional development opportunities for faculty to improve teaching and scholarship
  • Promote interdisciplinary course development and scholarship
  • Improve financial, logistical, and facility support for faculty and student scholarship
  • Promote continuous review of faculty teaching and scholarship
  • Raise the University’s research profile and expectations so that faculty will be recognized for excellence in teaching and scholarship
  • Support grant-writing initiatives to increase external funding
  • Require ongoing review and improvement of the curriculum

Integrate the Suffolk University community to build unity among students, faculty, staff, and alumni across the University.

  • Create and promote an integrated Suffolk University brand to be used consistently by the University and the schools in all communications, including website, marketing, media, and alumni relations
  • Integrate and streamline functions across campus to ensure excellent service and reduce or eliminate redundancy
  • Develop an integrated undergraduate student experience across the University through initiatives that include centralized academic support services, cross-listing of classes, university-wide advising, and consistent credit hours for courses
  • Centralize information and access for students by redesigning registration, student accounts, and financial aid processes, utilizing technology to provide seamless integration
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive University technology plan
  • Build and renovate the facilities needed to encourage unity and identity within the Suffolk community, including space for a student center
  • Create a Suffolk community that values and promotes alumni engagement through programmatic initiatives such as alumni mentoring of students, institutional partnerships, and job placement

Professionalize the governance of Suffolk University to include consultation with stakeholders about major decisions and transparency in management and operations. Manage resources and operations with the utmost fiscal prudence to support the goal of providing educational excellence at a reasonable cost.

  • Implement management systems and organizational structures to enhance professionalism, transparency, and integration in university governance
  • Develop a culture that uses data-driven decision-making, emphasizing broad consultation
  • Establish an institutional research and planning office
  • Redesign the budget process to align with the strategic plan and encourage appropriate transparency in management and the budgeting process
  • Enhance programmatic accountability and fiscal responsibility through reporting and community involvement
  • Allocate resources according to substantive areas of traditional strength, emerging growth, and interdisciplinary opportunity for each academic unit
  • Achieve and sustain financial stability through increased fund-raising, a larger endowment, and a diversified revenue mix
  • Strengthen advancement initiatives through engagement with Suffolk alumni to lessen tuition revenue dependency and advance university goals

Maintain the traditional nature of a Suffolk education while strategically advancing the use of new technology and innovative pedagogy.

  • Expand the number of classrooms to include flexible classroom space and laboratories
  • Expand new online educational opportunities by launching eSuffolk to provide a university-wide integrated online educational experience
  • Enhance information technology systems, including network infrastructure, design and systems development and support, and academic technology resources to respond to faculty and student needs
  • Provide accelerated learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate programs; explore opportunities for additional classes during the summer and winter break sessions
  • Expand the number of courses, majors, and academic degree programs utilizing technologically and pedagogically advanced techniques, including online formats and hybrid platforms
  • Examine opportunities for a university-wide professional and continuing education office and programs focusing on lifelong learners