A Letter from the President

Suffolk University is a student-centered institution that nurtures the tremendous capacity for intellectual and professional growth in each of its students. We are passionate about the powerful role education plays in bettering lives. Our collective commitment to engaging, preparing, and supporting each student is one of our greatest strengths.

Our challenge is to take that ethic and build a cohesive organization that best serves our students, our alumni, and the wider community in a rapidly changing and highly competitive higher education climate.

With gratitude to the talented group of faculty, administrators, and students who make up the University’s Strategic Planning Committee, I am delighted to present our strategic plan, Charting the Future: A Plan for Suffolk University. With input from the campus community, the committee created a blueprint for success over the next five years.

This plan builds on our history as a student-centered institution and identifies our highest priorities and key areas of focus. It positions us to provide students with exceptional and seamless support from the time they first consider Suffolk, throughout a rich academic experience here, into successful careers, and as committed and engaged members of our alumni community. It confirms our commitment to faculty as teacher-scholars who bring cutting-edge knowledge into the classroom and the laboratory. It is a forward-looking plan that preserves the traditional student-faculty relationship while encouraging the strategic use of new technology and innovative pedagogy. It leverages our location in the heart of downtown Boston and promotes a deepened sense of who we are and who we want to be as a university.

The plan provides an updated mission and vision for the University. It identifies the core values that reflect who we are as a community. And it identifies seven strategic imperatives — those key priorities and objectives that will help us fulfill our mission and achieve our vision. The plan will serve as the platform upon which we build more specific implementation plans for each of the next five academic years. This mode of continuous decision-oriented planning allows for rapid action in a changing environment and enhances accountability. The annual implementation plans that will accompany this plan will contain explicit metrics against which the plan can be assessed.

As we have for more than a century, Suffolk University will continue to respond to the evolving needs of society and the workplace by providing a transformative, supportive, and experiential education that inspires students and prepares them for successful careers and fulfilling lives.


James McCarthy, President