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Eight for ’28: A Message from the President

Late last year we embarked on a lengthy and inclusive process to build on Farmingdale State College’s core strengths and sustained success, and identify areas where we can do better. This resulted in Eight for Twenty-Eight, a strategic vision for the next five years and beyond. This plan reflects the many ways Farmingdale has evolved, aligning with the rapid growth and development of our distinctive, talented, and diverse student body. 

We’ve enjoyed remarkable success over the last decade. FSC is among the fastest growing school in the SUNY System, propelled by our highly regarded student-centric programs, great outcomes, and capital improvements. In recent years we have added new degree programs in emerging fields in business, computer science, health care and energy; funded an honors scholarship program in all four of our schools; secured funding for a new building to support our computer sciences and information systems programs; dramatically increased our fundraising efforts to provide a broader range of scholarship aid; and achieved Carnegie Foundation Classification for civic engagement. 

This strategic plan resulted from one of the most inclusive processes I’ve seen in my four decades in higher education. The feedback we received in preparation for this plan helped us prioritize our commitment to academic excellence, student success and fostering a culture of inclusion and civic responsibility.  

Eight for Twenty-Eight offers both the aspirational principles and an actionable plan to help us achieve even greater success. Soon we will adopt performance indicators and action items linked to each goal. A semi-annual review will hold us accountable.  

I would especially like to extend my gratitude to the members of the Committee on Planning and Resource Allocation (CPRA), who collaborated with the FSC Cabinet members to develop this plan. They include: 

Kathy Machin, (co-chair) Meeghan Rogers (co-chair) Michael Figuccio
Keri Franklin  Dylan Gafarian  Karen Gelles 
John Gross  Doug Kim (secretary)  Jonathan Lehrer 
Canchu Lin  Lourdes Martinez Ryan Mannix 
Lukas Miedreich  Doug Nikias  Jeanne Soto 
Brett Southard Kevin Jordan   

I look forward to collaborating with the entire campus community, and our industry and government partners, to realize these goals over the next five years. I thank you in advance for your continued support, and your enthusiasm for helping us reimagine what’s possible at FSC. 

John S. Nader, PhD 

Mission of the College

Dedicated to student success, Farmingdale State College delivers exceptional academic and applied learning outcomes through scholarship, research, and student engagement for Long Island and beyond.  FSC's commitment to student-centered learning and inclusiveness prepares graduates to be exemplary citizens equipped to excel in a competitive, diverse, and technologically dynamic society.

eight for 28 goals

A Strategic Vision for Farmingdale State College – Five Years and Beyond

Objective 1: Identify collaborative opportunities to engage students in and out of the classroom.

Objective 2: Expand the use of high impact practices to improve student engagement and success.

Objective 3: Enhance graduation rates by creating flexible and measurable retention strategies at each stage of the student experience.

Objective 4: Introduce and expand practices that are proven to boost academic performance and student success.

Objective 5: Prepare highly skilled graduates equipped with the critical thinking, technical competencies, and global awareness to better the communities and industries we serve.

Objective 1: Enhance course design to ensure effective, innovative and flexible teaching, and learning processes.

Objective 2: Integrate new and emerging technologies into the teaching and learning process.

Objective 3: Develop unique, mission-consistent, undergraduate and graduate programs that support the needs of the communities that we serve.

Objective 4: Seek specialized accreditation for eligible programs.

Objective 5: Establish FSC as a leader in applied and experiential learning.

Objective 1: Nurture the complete student with a focus on academic and non-academic support, holistic advisement, mentorship, and comprehensive health services.

Objective 2: Deliver support services to directly address the specific needs of a highly diverse student population.

Objective 3: Create a welcoming environment for our commuter students through programming and services targeted to their unique needs.

Objective 4: Continuously improve residence halls and the residential experience.

Objective 1: Provide the campus community with the resources necessary to foster a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Objective 2: Expand opportunities for international engagement and global perspectives through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL), and study abroad options.

Objective 3: Identify new ways to embrace and celebrate Farmingdale’s position as a noted diverse campus and community.

Objective 4: Increase co-curricular activities to support initiatives that encourage diversity, equity, inclusion, civic responsibility, and student engagement.

Objective 1: Recruit and retain a broad and diverse pool of talent through innovative and focused strategies.

Objective 2: Grow our own professional staff by actively recruiting FSC graduates for campus positions.

Objective 3: Foster a culture of professional growth with development opportunities for faculty and staff.

Objective 4:  Implement recommendations arising from assessments of functional areas to ensure clear campus communication and efficiencies of operations.

Objective 5: Strengthen mentorship, support, and guidance for new faculty and staff from the point of hiring through awarding continuing and permanent appointments.

Objective 1: Encourage the integration of campus-wide waste reduction, reuse, and recycling practices.

Objective 2: Develop relevant academic programs that address the generation and distribution of renewable energy that serve the industry's growing workforce needs.

Objective 3: Implement new measures to accommodate campus energy needs through renewable sources.

Objective 4: Beautify our campus community with ongoing aesthetic improvements to buildings and grounds.

Objective 1: Build an annual fundraising strategy aligned with donor interests and institutional priorities, including a dynamic digital donor experience.

Objective 2: Encourage and support faculty and staff to seek grant funding to support programs, scholarly research, and other creative activities.

Objective 3: Use data-informed decision-making strategies to reach new audiences and elevate institutional standing.

Objective 4: Expand partnerships and programming with businesses, non-profit institutions, and other colleges to offer new educational, civic, and service learning opportunities.

Objective 1: Build a distinctive brand identity for FSC across Long Island and beyond.

Objective 2: Raise the profile of FSC's dynamic, new academic programs to a broader range of relevant audiences.

Objective 3: Enhance and support our robust technological infrastructure to improve efficiency and security.

Objective 4:  Implement the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan.

Objective 5: Leverage campus spaces and facilities to build community and raise public awareness of the College and its programs.

Objective 6: Align effective stewardship of resources with institutional priorities and practices, and processes.

Download a pdf of Eight for Twenty-Eight brochure

Eight for Twenty-Eight Brochure

Download a PDF of the "Eight for Twenty-Eight: A Strategic Vision for the Next Five Years and Beyond" brochure.

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