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Strategic Planning at Clarkson

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In October 2004, President Tony Collins, as the University's leader and chief planning officer, provided a strategic direction and aggressive institutional goals for the University in Evolution to Academic Excellence: Key Driver for Clarkson's Overall Evolution to Excellence.  The result of study and contribution from across the institution, the Evolution to Academic Excellence document provided the foundation for Clarkson's Schools of Engineering, Business and Arts & Sciences to develop individual strategic plans integrated with the overall goals of the University as well as consistent with their own unique challenges, opportunities, and accreditation standards. Other University units followed suit with integrated strategic operating plans to embody excellence in all priority areas and accelerate the vision of Evolution to Academic Excellence, as well as support and service the academic enterprise.

Clarkson students, faculty and alumni hold the promise of building on a rich history and creating a great future -- both for our University and for our world.  They not only have the skills, experience and resolve to make a difference -- they also have the attitude. An attitude that insists on never being satisfied with one's achievements, a belief that success is no excuse for complacency. It is an attitude that fuels Clarkson's ongoing Evolution to Excellence and its desire to continually innovate to remain competitive.

Key Strategic Planning Tools

University Mission Statement

The Vision of A Clarkson Education

Clarkson Values Statement



Teamwork.  Caring.  Integrity.  Vision.  Diversity. Service.  Growth.  Diligence.  These are the values that underlie Clarkson University today have shaped the institution since its founding in 1896 as a memorial to Potsdam businessman Thomas S. Clarkson.  The owner of a quarry that produced sandstone of exceptional strength and quality, Thomas Clarkson believed deeply in the power of education as a means for young women and men to improve their own lives and the lives of others.  As the school has evolved into a technologically focused research university of international stature, Clarkson’s historic bedrock values – symbolized by the campus entry gate’s sandstone foundation – continue to guide the personal and professional growth of every student.  These values form the intellectual and spiritual foundation of Clarkson University’s ongoing evolution to excellence.