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Mission, Vision & Priorities


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


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.


  • 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

Current Priorities

Three priorities emerged as a natural transition from the last Campus Plan and are informing next-stage strategic planning efforts at the institution. These three priorities are:

  • Support for the Student Experience
  • Increasing Financial Sustainability
  • Advancing Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

In the context of continuing change, a still-challenging fiscal environment, and in anticipation of a new president, these priorities are set to guide departments and individuals in planning and continuous improvement.

The priorities, for example, were the guiding principles behind the hiring of a Vice President for Institutional Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; the creation of a Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success; and the creation of a campus Financial Stability Plan.

Campus Plan Close Out

SUNY Plattsburgh’s strategic focus was guided for much of the past decade by its 2013-2018 Campus Plan.

Formally adopted in April 2013, it was the product of two lead committees and an inclusive process that featured more than 40 community meetings with stakeholder groups.

Along with new mission and vision statements, it identified six strategic priorities:

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

Over the life of the plan and following, many of the goals and objectives within these strategic priorities were completed. Below are a sampling of accomplishments in the six key goal areas.

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