Strategic Planning

“Strategic planning is change that is purposefully induced to shape the diffracted elements of an unknown future into a sequence of elements that lead to a preferred future” (Rowley, Lujan, & Dolence, 1997, p. 10). For this reason, strategic planning is not a comprehensive display of the entirety of the work of a division, unit, or department. Rather, it is a focused approach to specific priorities that require attention within a time period. As a result, there are elements of the work of SCL that do not appear within the priorities. This does not diminish the importance of this work, but rather encourages a focus toward the identified priorities and thereby toward our preferred future.

Vice President Ryan Lombardi has identified four strategic priorities for the Division to address in the next two years. These priorities lie within the expansive approach SCL is taking toward understanding our contribution to transforming students’ lives. The priorities are:

  • Health and Well-Being: Our students’ health and well-being is the foundation of their success at Cornell and beyond. A focus will be put on mental health and sexual assault prevention. To address sexual assault, we will focus on education and intervention.
  • Diversity and Inclusiveness/Campus Climate: Provide our students and staff with skills, knowledge, and experiences that increase their intercultural competency.
  • Student Housing and the Residential Experience: At the conclusion of our consultant’s involvement in the Housing Master Planning Process, we will continue campus conversations to understand current and future student housing needs, as well as define what the Cornell residential experience should be. As developments are made to address capacity issues, we constantly need to evaluate student behavior and market response.
  • Career Development: Establish greater coordination between and among our college and campus-wide career services operations to serve our students and potential employers more seamlessly. Expand the concept of career development to encompass the entire academic experience, thereby empowering and engaging all community members who engage with students to be contributors to their career development.


  • Rowley, D.J., Lujan, H. D., & Dolence, M.G. (1997). Strategic change in colleges and universities: Planning to survive and prosper. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.