Frequently Asked Questions

How will this plan connect to the University Strategic Plan?

The New Brunswick plan will complement the universitywide plan by addressing the same key aspirations and goals on a New Brunswick-wide level, recognizing the particular strengths and challenges of our size, structure, and community. It will also support the plans being formed within individual schools, centers and institutes, and administrative units.

Where did the initiatives come from and how will they be funded?

The vast majority of initiatives selected for the Rutgers University New Brunswick Strategic Plan were proposed by members of the New Brunswick community under the Chancellor's Call for Proposals in spring 2014 and reviewed by the New Brunswick Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee. A limited amount of University funding has been dedicated to the implementation of this plan. Under the leadership of Chancellor Edwards, budgets will be established for pursuing the various initiatives identified within the document; because of limited resources, these projects will not be funded at the levels originally proposed, or will be phased in over several years.

Who decided the final plan for New Brunswick?

Chancellor Edwards approved the final plan and presented it to the Board of Governors' Academic and Student Affairs Committee in December 2014. The final plan was developed by the Chancellor's Office in response to extensive community feedback on the draft plan submitted for review in September 2014, and in consultation with President Barchi and fellow chancellors. In both its initial development and its revision, the plan bears the imprint of extensive community-wide discussion of and deliberation on proposals made by New Brunswick faculty, staff, and students.

How was the coordinating committee chosen?

Chancellor Edwards consulted with deans and directors and then asked a broadly representative group of New Brunswick faculty, students, administrators, and staff members to serve on the committee.

Didn’t the University Strategic Plan already deal with New Brunswick’s problems?

While many of the priorities, elements, and themes in the universitywide plan address areas of opportunity for New Brunswick, the second phase of Rutgers' strategic planning process was designed to give the chancellors and their communities the latitude to define the future of Rutgers University—New Brunswick, Rutgers University—Newark, Rutgers University—Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences within the broader context of the universitywide plan.