In Fall 2022, under direction from Vice Chancellor, Provost and Chief Academic Officer Gretchen Ritter, members of the Syracuse University community began a collaborative and inclusive effort to develop a new academic strategic plan to advance academic excellence at a university welcoming to all.

The planning effort was organized around three pillars of the core academic mission (research and creative endeavors; educational excellence and student success; and public impact) and four cross-cutting values and operational areas (diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility; global engagement; resource sustainability and budget; and enrollment).

Seven working groups composed of faculty, staff and students met regularly with the wider campus community to seek feedback on each area and identify current and aspirational areas of distinctive excellence at Syracuse University. This collaborative process ultimately included feedback from more than 2,000 unique participants.