Five-Year Strategic Plan 2019 - 2024


Our mission is to enable our students to become socially responsible engineers and leaders in Silicon Valley and beyond through an accessible, world-class education.

Strategic Plan


We aspire to be:

  • an engineering school of choice for all students
  • a valued campus, industry, and community partner
  • and a trusted member of our local and global community

Strategic Plan


Student Success – preparing students to be professional, lifelong learners, able to find success in all aspects of their lives.
Hands-on Learning – providing practical, hands-on learning opportunities in conjunction with engaging curricula and teaching approaches.
Innovation – fostering entrepreneurial and pioneering ideas, approaches, research, and scholarship.
Collaboration – encouraging interdisciplinary experiences within the College, across the University, and with our industry and community partners.
Diversity and Inclusion – drawing on diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and ideas to support a global, inclusive mindset in teaching and learning.
Social Responsibility – placing a high value on ethics, global awareness, and community service

Strategic Plan

  1. Increase opportunities for interdisciplinary learning experiences
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Increase opportunities for service-learning and global experiences
      2. Support faculty to coordinate interdisciplinary projects
      3. Create common spaces for students to work and study together
      4. Establish interdisciplinary courses and programs
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Interdisciplinary projects available to students
      2. Participation in service-learning and global experiences, such as EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) and GTI (Global Technology Institute Program)
      3. Amount of common work space for interdisciplinary learning
      4. Number of courses enrolling students from multiple disciplines
  2. Increase hands-on learning opportunities with industry and community partners
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Develop more internship, apprenticeship, and co-op opportunities
      2. Redefine culminating experience for undergrads to include more high impact practices (e.g., culminating experiences taking place on partner sites, service-learning projects)
      3. Develop more hands-on industry-sponsored lab and project classes
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Hands-on, in class learning opportunities (e.g., experiments, active learning sessions)
      2. Culminating experiences for undergraduates involving industry or community partners
      3. Hands-on projects or learning experiences outside of the classroom
      4. Industry-sponsored labs and projects
  3. Increase faculty and staff expertise in instructional technology and pedagogy
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Develop and implement Engineering faculty and staff professional development programs for instructional technology and pedagogy
      2. Develop engineering specific onboarding training for new faculty
      3. Provide funding for staff and faculty to increase expertise in instructional technology
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Program planning reports that mention improvements in instructional technical expertise and/or pedagogy
      2. Completed professional development and onboarding courses by faculty or staff
      3. Course participants who implement curricular changes

Strategic Plan

  1. Provide opportunities, incentives, and support infrastructure for faculty research
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Increase seed grants
      2. Increase support for faculty writing large proposals with multiple principal investigators, including equipment proposals (e.g., students, reviewers, editing)
      3. Allocate bridge funds to cover gap between externally funded projects
      4. Actively promote research through department and college integration
      5. Increase engagement in industry sponsored research
      6. Develop a joint PhD program
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Research and equipment external proposal submissions and awards
      2. Peer-reviewed publications
      3. National and international recognition and awards
      4. Documented collaborations with industry and partner universities
  2. Encourage and support student participation in and student-initiated research
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Increase support for student research
      2. Support student participation in national conferences to present their research
      3. Partner with other universities to broaden exposure for students
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Students participating in student-initiated research
      2. Student co-authored presentations and publications
      3. Student awards and fellowships
      4. Students pursuing advanced degrees in engineering
  3. Support and promote interdisciplinary and collaborative research opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Develop interdisciplinary and strategic research areas
      2. Host regular interdisciplinary seminar series
      3. Create interdisciplinary research space and infrastructure
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Publications and external grants in the strategic research areas
      2. Attendees at interdisciplinary seminars
      3. Interdisciplinary research space created

Strategic Plan

  1. Improve retention and graduation rates
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Increase staff academic advisor to student ratio
      2. Expand and promote college-wide tutoring opportunities specific to Engineering
      3. Increase student success while retaining rigor
      4. Promote faculty and staff professional development in practices that support student success including diversity and inclusion
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Academic advisors to student ratio to national best practices standards
      2. Decrease in equity gap
      3. Reduction in DFW (drop-fail-withdraw) rates
      4. Faculty and staff participation in the professional development activities focusing on student success and diversity and inclusion
  2. Improve career preparation
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Incentivize student engagement in extracurricular opportunities
      2. Expand student participation in career accelerator programs
      3. Establish and maintain appropriate accreditation for all engineering, aviation, and technology programs
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Student participation in extracurricular activities
      2. Student participation in career accelerator programs including mentoring, shadowing, and industry opportunities
      3. Accredited degree programs
      4. Students with career-track position at time of graduation
  3. Update learning spaces (e.g., classrooms, labs) to better promote collaboration and experiential learning
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Create common laboratory spaces for engineering students
      2. Renovate teaching labs
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Laboratory spaces that support multidisciplinary learning
      2. Renovated instructional spaces

Strategic Plan

  1. Establish robust corporate extended studies programs
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Update the mission and determine the appropriate portfolio for extended studies
      2. Develop new extended studies programs
      3. Pursue partnerships with large silicon valley companies and other large employers
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Manager and sponsor feedback
      2. Enrollment numbers
      3. Instructor evaluations and performance
      4. Company programs and cohorts
  2. Create collaborative and mutually beneficial community and industry partnerships
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Create an industry and community partnership program
      2. Increase CoE / industry / engineering society networking events
      3. Include Industry and Community Partnership measures in Program Planning goals
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Placement of SJSU graduates at participating partner locations
      2. Student and faculty participating in community and industry projects
      3. Industry attendance at events
      4. Grants with community and industry partners
  3. Create infrastructure to support entrepreneurship in the College of Engineering
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Develop programs to foster entrepreneurial mindsets for faculty and students
      2. Create a task force to determine appropriate infrastructure and support needed
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Participants in programs that foster an entrepreneurial mindset
      2. Start-ups founded by current students, faculty, and alumni
  4. Develop an engaged alumni community
    1. Key Initiatives:
      1. Develop an alumni engagement strategy, including department-led alumni engagement efforts
    2. Measures of success:
      1. Number of alumni that support the college
      2. Alumni touch points (e.g., participation in events, guest speaking, and as student mentors)

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