To: NJIT Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Robert A. Altenkirch
Date: November 28, 2005
Subject: Strategic Plan Revision
NJIT’s Strategic Plan is a “living document” in which objectives and tactics evolve and are periodically replaced and new ones developed, as are, to a lesser extent, priorities. One of the objectives of the plan adopted in February of 2004, under the priority to “Become nationally recognized for attracting high achieving students from diverse national and international populations” is to increase the number of newly admitted African-American, Hispanic, and women undergraduate students. An additional objective under this priority approved by the planning Steering Committee, and recently approved by the Board of Trustees, is:
Enhance the diversity of the faculty to mirror the percentage of African-American, Hispanic, and women terminal degree recipients working in academia by 2010.
This new objective will assist in achieving the other objectives under this important priority, and vice versa. A diverse faculty will mirror a more realistic professional environment for students and provide role models for students from traditionally underrepresented groups. The new objective is reflected in the Revised Strategic Plan, which can be found at:
In the spring of 2005, a Task Force, “Task Force #11,” was established to develop tactics to support this objective. The tactics, now being implemented under the leadership of the Provost, are also included at the above web site, as are the charge to the Task Force and the report of the Task Force, including the response of the Steering Committee.
We look forward to continuing our work on the priorities and objectives of the Strategic Plan, including the new objective discussed above as we move toward our vision of NJIT as “A preeminent technological research university known for innovation, entrepreneurship, and engagement” at “The Edge in Knowledge.”