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SUNY Plattsburgh's Mission & Vision


Our Mission

SUNY Plattsburgh is a public, comprehensive college that prepares students for academic, professional and personal success.

What We Value

  • Student-centered education
  • Academic excellence
  • Diverse people, experiences and ideas
  • Critical inquiry
  • Community and civic engagement
  • Integrity, civility and collegiality
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Affordability and value
  • Stewardship of resources
  • Freedom to speak, think and write

Our Vision

SUNY Plattsburgh will be a model comprehensive college for a student-centered approach to higher education. The “Plattsburgh Experience” will be recognized as one that matches student talents and abilities with pathways to academic, professional and personal success.

What Student Success Means at SUNY Plattsburgh

Successful students are those who have attained a degree that is most relevant to their life’s goals, a quality degree that has rigorously prepared them academically for the workplace or for graduate education.

They have acquired the skills of reasoning, communication, problem solving, ethical judgment and cooperative teamwork, which are required for any endeavor in this diverse and globally interconnected world.

They have acquired the core knowledge that is expected of any educated citizen. They have had experiential opportunities that will provide advantages in fulfilling their goals, whether in the form of internships, clinically rich experiences, service learning, field study, undergraduate research, study abroad, campus leadership positions, community service or other volunteer opportunities.

They have felt well supported on campus. In this regard, they have been provided a safe, diverse and welcoming environment; they have had help with any learning needs; and they have received good advising and mentoring.

They have had significant opportunities for social, artistic, cultural and political engagement. They have had help with career planning and preparation.

Above all, they have had a memorable and transformative personal experience that will affect them all their lives.

SUNY Plattsburgh Campus Plan 2018

The 2018 Campus Plan was formally adopted by the college in April 2013. It integrates a traditional academic plan with a strategic one.

The plan is the product of two lead committees and an inclusive process that included more than 40 community meetings with stakeholder groups.

The plan establishes new mission and vision statements.

The plan identifies six strategic priorities:

  1. Strengthen Support for Student Success
  2. Promote Teaching Excellence
  3. Expand Opportunities for Experiential Learning
  4. Build Our Community Connections
  5. Increase Global Experiences and Multicultural Competencies
  6. Cultivate a Culture of Continuous Improvement

2018 Campus Plan (PDF)

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