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Strategic Plan

Upcoming Events

Wed 15

State of the College

February 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Thu 16

Strategic Plan Forum 1 – Plan Overview and KPIs

February 16 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Ramapo College is Boldly Ascending

Ramapo College Strategic Plan 2023-2029 (PDF)

Preparing for the Launch of our next Strategic Plan: Boldly Ascending

The College will host four planning forums in Spring 2023 for faculty, staff, students, and administrators. Each forum will include small group work activities designed to help teams become familiar with our new Strategic Plan: Boldly Ascending and brainstorm how their teams can collaborate across cores to tangibly advance the goals in the plan. In addition, participants will work together to visualize, draft and finalize their unit effectiveness plans in accordance with the strategic direction outlined in Boldly Ascending.


  • Forum 1/February 16 at 12:30PM: Strategic Plan Overview and KPIs RSVP Here
  • Forum 2/ February 27 at 12:30PM: Envisioning our Environment through Campus Facilities Master Planning
  • Forum 3/March 20 at 12:30PM: Refining and Integrating our Draft Unit Plans for Optimal Impact
  • Forum 4/April 17 at 12:30PM: Continuous Learning through Meaningful Assessment
Strategic Plan Writing Team & Draft Plans

The Strategic Plan Writing Team was charged in September 2022 with drafting the College’s next Strategic Plan. The Strategic Posture Statement served as foundational to the Team’s efforts.

The Team’s full Charge, Membership, Timetable, and Draft Plans are available on the Office of the President Intranet site.

What is a Strategic Posture Statement?
  • Fundamentally, posture defines the intent of a strategy relative to the current and future state of an organization. “A posture is not a complete strategy. It clarifies strategic intent but not the actions required to fulfill that intent.”(Courtney, H., Kirkland, J., & Viguerie, P. (1997). Strategy under uncertainty. Harvard business review, 75(6), 66–79.)
  • At Ramapo College, the strategic posture statement serves as the foundation from which our Strategic Plan Writing Team will craft our next strataegic plan, as well as the fuel from which the Team and our eventual efforts shall move us boldly forward.
How did Ramapo Arrive at the Strategic Posture Statement?
  • Ramapo College’s strategic posture statement was largely informed by our community’s contributions to The Future Series summits delivered during Academic Year 2021-2022, survey input, data, and roundtable discussions.
  • The posture statement identifies what we have learned about ourselves and where we are headed– our story, strengths, context, opportunity, and trajectory.
Strategic Planning Process

Ramapo College’s strategic planning process included three key elements:

  • The Future Series
  • Needs Statement Process
  • Campus Master Planning

These three elements all shaped the development of Ramapo College’s next Strategic Plan by:

  • Exploring our Context,
  • Igniting our Passion,
  • Envisioning our Environment, and
  • Ultimately, Making a Bold Impact.

The Future Series was a series of dynamic summits that set the conditions for our disciplined work together. Each summit featured broad participation by our students, faculty, and staff.  In addition, they included pre-readings and resources, a keynote address, facilitated activities, and opportunities for reflection that were designed to help us arrive at understandings and to generate ideas that position our liberal arts mission and our public good as a state college as both guide and ballast throughout this process.

The Future of Thought: Strategy & Uncertainty | November 2021
  • Monday, November 15, 2021 | 1:00PM-2:15PM | Trustees Pavilion

    U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Laura Potter, Deputy Chief of Staff G-2, poses for her official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va, Sept. 15, 2020. (U.S. Army photo by William Pratt)

  • Keynote Speaker: Lieutenant General Laura Potter, US Army. LTG Potter is the highest ranking military officer in the US Army.
  • Program:
    • I. Welcome; II. Fireside Chat with Keynote Speaker and President Jebb; III. Question & Answer; IV. Small Group Facilitated Activity and Report Out; V. Closing Remarks
  • Pre-readings/Resources:
    • Good to Great for the Social Sector by Jim Collins (get pdf)  
    • Courtney, H. Kirkland, J., Viguerie, P. (2005) Strategy Under Uncertainty. Harvard Business Review. (get article)
  • Small Group Facilitated Activity (get activity)
  • Pre-registration was required by November 12.
  • Post-event resources and feedback forms are available on the Office of the President Intranet Site.

The Future of Society: Conflict, Culture, & Character | December 2021

Leslie T. Fenwick, Ph.D.

Roundtable: Reflecting on the Future of Thought & the Future of Society | December 2021
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 |12:00PM-1:00PM | Trustees Pavilion 1
The Future of Learning: K-12 Insights | February 2022
  • Thursday, February 17, 2022 | 1:00PM-2:30 PM | Trustees Pavilion
  • This summit focused on:
    • Arriving at a better understanding of the experiences and needs of New Jersey’s K-12 students and K-12 districts
    • Identifying strategies the College may deploy to support students’ academic pursuits and well-being
    • Learning more about ways in which Ramapo College and K12 school districts may partner for the mutual benefit of our students, our institutions, and the teaching profession
  • Panelists:
    • Ms. Melanie Alston-Balaputra, Vice Principal, Bergen County Technical School, Paramus
    • Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools, Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District
    • Mr. Antonio Garcia, Principal, Passaic County Technical Institute
    • Dr. Thomas Gorman, Superintendent, Ridgewood Public Schools
    • Ms. Eileen Shafer, M.Ed., Superintendent of Schools, Paterson Public Schools
  • Pre-readings/Resources:
    • Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins; 2005 (get pdf)
    • Accelerate Recovery: Stop the College Readiness COVID Slide by Ryan Reyna, Education Strategy Group; May 2020 (get article)
    • COVID Harmed Kids’ Mental Health and Schools are Feeling It by Christine Vestal, Pew Charitable Trusts; November 2021 (get article)
    • Impact of COVID19 on the K-12 Education Workforce: One Year Later, Mission Square Research Institute,;August 2021 (get infographic)
    • Leadershift 2020: Reinventing our Schools for Extraordinary and Uncertain Times (excerpted) by Brian Chinni, Glenn Nowosad, Nicky Mohan, Ian Jukes; 2020 (get excerpt); full text available at
    • History and Evolution of Public Education in the US, Center on Education Policy at George Washington University; 2020 (get article)
  • Small Group Activity (get pdf)
  • Post-event resources and feedback forms are available on the Office of the President Intranet Site.
The Future of Work: Learning & Labor | March 2022
  • Monday, March 7, 2022 | 1:00PM-2:45PM | Trustees Pavilion
  • Keynote Speaker(s): Pat Wadors ’87, Chief Talent Officer, Procore

    Pat Wadors ’87
    Chief Talent Officer, Procore

  • This summit focused on change management and explored the factors favoring change at Ramapo and in the workforce at large. It also discussed “integrated understanding” as a strategy to develop “work readiness.”
  •  Pre-readings/Resources:
    • Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins; 2005 (get pdf)
    • AACU Getting Ready: Liberal Arts & Sciences in Post-Pandemic World (get excerpt)
    • Future Work Skills 2020: Drivers and Key Shifts (get infographic)
    • Talent on Tap | Why We Need to Rethink Hiring for Cultural Fit (get video)
    • Future(s) of Work and Learning (get excerpt)
    • Top 10 Job Skills/How Long it Takes to Learn Them (get article)
    • The Five Minds for the Future (get article)
  • Small Group Facilitated Activity (get pdf)
  • Pre-registration was required by March 2.
  • Post-event resources and feedback forms are available on the Office of the President Intranet Site.

Roundtable: Reflecting on the Future of Learning & the Future of Work | March 2022
  • Thursday, March 24, 2022 |1:00PM-2:15PM | SC 157-158
The Future of Ramapo: Readiness & Resolve | April 2022
  • Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 1:00PM-2:15PM | SC 156-8
  • Program:
    • This summit reflected on the learnings from the previous four Future Series programs and moved us towards the establishment of a strategic posture statement to shape the future of Ramapo.
    • What is a strategic posture statement? “Fundamentally, posture defines the intent of the strategy relative to the current and future state of an industry…A posture is not a complete strategy. It clarifies strategic intent but not the actions required to fulfill that intent.” (Courtney, Kirkland, and Viguerie, 1997).
    • The summit involved primarily group work aimed at generating the essential components of the statement.
  • Pre-readings/Resources:
    • Good to Great and the Social Sectors by Jim Collins; 2005 (get pdf)
  • Small Group Facilitated Activity (get pdf)
  • Pre-registration was required April 4.
  • Post-event resources and feedback forms are available on the Office of the President Intranet Site.
Strategic Posture Statement Roundtable Sessions | May 2022

Faculty, staff, students, and friends attended these sessions in person and virtually to provide input on a draft strategic posture statement. The posture statement served as the foundation from which the Strategic Plan Writing Team developed the draft Plan.

    • Session 1: Monday, May 2, 2022 | 1:00PM-2:15PM | Trustees Pavilion & WebEx
    • Session 2: Tuesday, May 3, 2022 | 12:00PM – 1:00PM | York Room, Birch Mansion
  • Program:
    • Welcome by President Jebb
    • Presentation of greenlit Needs Statement Proposals
    • Reflection and input on the draft posture statement
    • Next Steps
  • Pre-readings/Resources:
    • Draft Strategic Posture Statement (get pdf)

Shaped, in part, by what we learned from The Future Series, running parallel was the Needs Statement Process. The Needs Statement Process served to ignite the passion across our community with the opportunity to develop and advocate for centers, programs, initiatives and projects that attract external resources, lead toward a better understanding of issues that affect the lives of citizens in the 21st Century, and that widen and deepen the reputation of our College.

More Information: Needs Statements

With passions ignited, the Needs Statement Process helped us identify priority needs and eventually secure resources from gifts and other potential sources. An all hands on deck opportunity to collaborate across disciplines and departments, needs statement submissions were due in February 2022.


The College’s current Facilities Master Plan was completed in 2013 and, in the past several years, much has been achieved through it—the construction, completion and opening of the Peter P. Mercer Learning Commons, for example! In 2022, we launched a Campus Master Planning process that is also being shaped by what we learned about the future – our context, by what emerged through the needs statement process – our passion, and in turn, by what we envision together for our campus environment.