NJIT Faculty and Staff
Robert A. Altenkirch, President of NJIT
September 22, 2003
Strategic Planning at NJIT

This past academic year, we began the process of planning the development of a Strategic Plan for NJIT, a focused, actionable plan with resources behind implementation.  Oftentimes university-based planning leads to a plan -- a document -- but little action.  During the course of the academic year, the Planning Committee of the Board of Overseers, working with the NJIT administration, developed a planning process, ViSTa -- A Strategic Planning Process for NJIT: Vision -- Strategy -- Tactics, which we have followed as appropriate in the planning effort described here.  Every effort has been put forth in developing the planning process, in implementing the process, in budgeting to enact the final plan, and in the planning itself to date to ensure that we develop a plan of action.


During the late spring and summer, the Provost's Cabinet plus the NJIT Vice Presidents, the President’s Chief of Staff, and the NJIT Interim General Counsel formed the ViSTa Steering Committee, which developed a Draft Strategic Plan, through the Strategic Priority and Strategic Objective level.  A Strategic Priority is a fundamental issue an organization addresses to deliver on its value proposition and achieve its mission. Strategic Objectives specify the milestones the organization will work toward to address its Strategic Priorities and are specific, measurable, imply action, challenging yet attainable, and have a completion date.  Priorities and Objectives change over time. 


Five Strategic Priorities, listed below, consistent with the planning themes we discussed at various meetings last year,  have been identified. The five Strategic Priorities are:

    * Enhance and enrich the quality of life of the university community and ensure a focus on the student.

    * Increase revenue from private sources.

    * Develop a core of nationally recognized programs.

    * Improve national rankings in research and intellectual property development.

    * Become nationally recognized for attracting high achieving students from diverse national and international populations.


In order to make the plan actionable at this point, ten campus-wide Task Forces have been set up to establish Tactics to achieve the Objectives. Tactics describe the actual actions we will take, i.e., who will do what, when, and how.  Additionally, as a result of the budget process in the spring and summer, $2.1M has been allocated toward, at least in part, supporting various Tactics that will require financial resources to implement.


Copies of the ViSTa process document, the draft Strategic Plan, a presentation on the Strategic Plan made at the September 3rd meeting of the Committee on Academic Affairs, and a list of Task Force members are available for review on line. Task Forces are to report out on recommended Tactics by the end of October.


If you have any comments, suggestions, or questions concerning the Draft Strategic Plan, please send them for consideration to