Academic Master Plan

Definition

An Academic Master Plan (AMP) is a visioning and decision-making process that is based on  the University’s mission, strategic priorities, and core values, and it communicates how the academic enterprise will endeavor to meet the changing needs of our students. Our AMP will be informed by the academic identity of Sonoma State as a public liberal arts and sciences university, and it creates a framework for aligning our resources with the academic mission. 

Charge for Division and Campus

The Division of Academic Affairs will start the Academic Master Plan process in 2022-2023 academic year, and the task is as follows:

  • Define a vision and plan for academics at Sonoma State that meets the strategic priorities and core values identified in the campus’ Strategic Plan 2025. The priorities are student success, academic excellence, leadership cultivation, and transformative impact. The core values are diversity and social justice, sustainability and environmental inquiry, connectivity and community engagement, and adaptability and responsiveness. The vision and plan will align with our federally designated status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and will be guided by our commitment to equity, inclusion and belonging for our students, faculty, and staff.
  • Develop a plan that aligns our organizational structure, our academic programs, our spaces and technologies, and our services to the needs of our current campus enrollment, which is both smaller and more diverse; we will build in the flexibility to grow as the campus increases its student population and evolves into a majority-minority serving campus.
  • Determine the best program mix for SSU’s identity as a public liberal arts and sciences university with robust professional degree programs; that process includes program evaluation, a review of low-enrolled programs, and an opportunity for faculty to rethink curricula, course offerings, and organizational structure to attract new students and prepare students for the workforce or postbaccalaureate programs, community engagement, and life-long learning.
  • Determine how to organize Academic Affairs more effectively to enhance academic excellence, serve a diverse student body, accomplish the operational functions of an academic division, and provide a better, more satisfying experience for students, faculty, and staff; develop structures that support interdisciplinarity; explore shared services and centralization of services; and eliminate duplication of effort.
  • Develop a strategic course scheduling plan that graduates students on time while using space effectively and efficiently, maximizing course capacity, minimizing GE course conflicts, and reducing the cost of instruction; strategic scheduling and space utilization must serve the needs of on-campus and commuter students, online and on-ground