The Georgia State University Senate approved a new strategic plan April 5, establishing a 10-year blueprint for the institution.
The new strategic plan builds upon the previous plan, which helped transform Georgia State into the national model of an urban research university. Titled “Blueprint to 2033: Our Place, Our Time,” the new plan builds upon the four major pillars identified by President M. Brian Blake as the most impactful aspects of the university — present and future.
Those pillars are Identity, Placemaking and Belonging; Innovating Research Scholarship and Creative Activity; Student Success 2.0; and Beyond College to Career.
“We have established ambitious goals under these pillars as our benchmarks,” Blake said. “We fully expect that, 10 years from now, Georgia State will be an even stronger, more welcoming and more innovative institution working to solve the complex challenges of the 21st century.”
President Blake and Nancy Kropf, senior vice president for strategic initiatives, established a planning committee April 21, 2022. Co-chaired by Karen Wheel-Carter, associate dean for strategic initiatives at Perimeter College, and Professor of History Jared Poley, the 26-member committee worked to develop a plan that builds upon the university’s existing strengths while envisioning goals that will further cement Georgia State as a world-class, leading educational institution. Provost Nicolle Parsons-Pollard served as honorary chair, and major assistance was provided by Lisa Armistead, Dean of the Graduate School.
As a next step, the university will create implementation teams consisting of faculty, staff and students tied to each pillar. One of the teams will focus on issues that cross-cut all pillars. The teams will leverage existing university structures and organizations, including University Senate, Student Government, and Academic and Administrative units. These teams will meet regularly to set benchmarks, create next-level metrics and provide regular updates to the President’s Cabinet, Administrative Council and the broader Georgia State community.
Georgia State is one of only three Research 1 (R1) level universities in the University System of Georgia and operates six campuses within the dynamic metro Atlanta region. The university is pivotal in providing access to higher education for the region and beyond, developing future leaders to confront today’s biggest problems.
A national leader in graduating students from diverse backgrounds, Georgia State serves more than 52,000 students, offering 250-plus bachelor’s degree programs in 100 fields of study and 150-plus graduate degree programs.
Georgia State has been named the No. 2 most innovative university and No. 1 among public universities for its commitment to undergraduate teaching for the past three years. It also has the No. 5 fastest-growing research portfolio in the U.S.
“Georgia State is a special place for all. We’re a first-class research institution with an access mission. That’s a dynamic, distinctive combination that positions us to make a vast impact on the future of our nation,” Blake said. “Here, everyone is welcome, and anyone can succeed.”
View the plan here: https://strategic.gsu.edu.
Originally published at the University News Hub here.
— Andrea Jones, Vice President for Public Relations and Marketing Communications