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Cal State Fullerton’s Academic Master Plan: What Is It and What Does It Mean?

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Over the past year, there have been numerous mentions of the University’s Academic Master Plan. But there may be questions about what, exactly, this master plan is and what changes its implementation may create.

In this first of a two-part series, the AMP Steering Committee answers some of the most commonly asked questions:

What exactly is an academic master plan?

Generally speaking, the academic master plan will provide overarching guidelines to help us answer questions, allocate budgets and resources, and keep the University on track to achieve its long-term goals.

How is Cal State Fullerton defining our Academic Master Plan?

Cal State Fullerton’s first-ever AMP is still in development, but there are four areas of focus:

  • Programs, Degrees and Outcomes: What will we teach? Why will we teach it? Where will we teach? What outcomes will guide our work?
  • Students: Whom do we teach? How many students will we teach? We have a diverse student body. Many are the first in their families to go on to college and many are transfer students. We want to provide the necessary support to help these students progress through graduation.
  • Faculty and Pedagogy: How will we support faculty throughout their careers?
  • Infrastructure and Resources: How do we allocate the resources needed to achieve our goals? And what resources are needed?

How is the AMP different from the Strategic Plan?

While the University’s Strategic Plan provides a set of goals to be accomplished over a five-year period, the AMP will ensure that our academic goals are aligned with our values and long-term academic vision. It also will assist in developing subsequent strategic plans. The AMP is intended to be a framework for fruitful conversation about the academic direction of CSUF, rather than a fully completed roadmap for action.

What other factors affect the creation of the Academic Master Plan?

Our decisions and actions are based on many external factors: federal, state, system and campus regulations and policies, not to mention state budgets. Beyond the CSUF Strategic Plan, we also have to consider divisional priorities and college strategic plans, among others. The AMP will offer guiding principles to keep us on track to achieve our long-term strategic vision.

For more information or the latest updates, visit the Academic Master Plan website.