Need for strategic thinking

Tuesday, November 01, 2016


Need for strategic thinking

For several months, we have discussed developing a strategic plan together. This plan will set our course for continued success and increase the alignment between our day-to-day actions and the college mission, vision and core values, and institution-wide student learning outcomes.

The move to engage in strategic thinking and planning for the future of Maritime College is motivated by the rapidly changing landscape in the maritime industry, including developments in information technology, safety and cyber security, international and national regulations, environmental factors, ships systems and automation, and shifts in the international and domestic shipping markets. Equally important are changes also taking place in higher education, including to college financing models, student demographic shifts and globalization.

All of these trends will impact SUNY Maritime's future. To succeed in this transforming environment and remain "first and foremost," it will be important for this institution to think critically about our programs and future direction.

To assist in the process, a strategic planning committee has been appointed with representation across campus: faculty, students, alumni, staff and administrators. The committee's first meeting will be Oct. 20. The list of committee members can be viewed here. Their role and responsibilities are outlined in the charge to the committee, available on the committee page.

I am deeply committed to an inclusive process whereby faculty, staff, students, alumni and industry partners are involved. Through this website and routine emails, I will keep everyone informed of our progress, which should take about a year.

As always, I want to hear your thoughts and opinions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out via email to


Rear Adm. Michael Alfultis, USMS, Ph.D.
SUNY Maritime College