Shaping Our Journey: Planning

For a year and a half, our strategic planning steering committee led an inclusive effort to gather input from a diverse cross section of the university community that included three university-wide meetings, dozens of in-person and online campus conversations, surveys and meetings with external stakeholders. The steering committee devised questions to evoke from students, faculty, staff and community members their thoughts on San José State’s greatest strengths and opportunities, based on the strong foundation and academic excellence we have already achieved.

Community Conversations



  • 135 Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Members
  • 35 Lecturers
  • 153 Administrators
  • 170 Staff Members
  • 400+ Students


  • Connie L. Lurie College of Education Alumni Advisory Board
  • CommUniverCity Steering Committee
  • Elected Officials
  • Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering Advisory Committee
  • Lucas College and Graduate School of Business Global Leadership Council
  • Tower Foundation of SJSU Board of Directors
  • Emeritus and Retired Faculty Association
  • SJSU Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • City Manager, City of San Jose
  • Downtown Arts Group

Community Conversations

From those campus and community conversations, the steering committee used a qualitative analysis to reveal themes that emerged from these many meetings. These themes reflect the characteristics that we see in ourselves, as well as the attributes we will continue to enhance as we move into the next decade and beyond:

  • Leadership
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Recognition and relevance
  • Engagement and connection
  • Mobility and agility
  • Collaboration and integration
  • Thriving quality of life

These themes evolved into the following five goals through the year-long work of task forces dedicated to each area of focus: