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Strategic Plan for 2018–2023

Renewing our purpose. Broadening our impact.

Concise Mission Statement

St. John Fisher University is a collaborative community dedicated to teaching, learning, and scholarship in a student-centered educational environment. The University is guided by its liberal arts tradition and its Catholic heritage, as expressed in the motto of its founders, the Basilian Fathers: “teach me goodness, discipline, and knowledge.” Fisher engages individuals in lives of intellectual inquiry, professional integrity, and civic responsibility, where diversity and service to others are valued and practiced.

(adopted by The Board of Trustees, June 2012)

Fisher Outcomes

Written, Oral, and Visual Communication

Fisher students will be able to communicate effectively and persuasively with diverse audiences, for many purposes, using a variety of methods, technologies, and means of composing.

Inquiry and Analysis

Fisher students will engage in the systematic process of exploring issues, concepts, and artifacts through the collection and analysis of evidence, resulting in informed discussions, conclusions, and actions, and they will incorporate these methodologies into their approaches to problem solving.

Integrative and Applied Learning

Fisher students will integrate knowledge and skills gained in curricular and co-curricular experiences to synthesize and apply these abilities to novel and/or complex situations.

Ethical Reasoning

Fisher students will acquire the theoretical knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary to discern the ethical aspects of a situation so that they will produce ethically justifiable positions and take the necessary steps to act morally in academic, personal, and professional contexts.

Collaboration and Leadership

Fisher students will partner with others, in roles varying from team member to leader, to identify, address, and solve complex problems in a constructive and positive manner.

Citizenship and Civic Engagement

Fisher students will be prepared to be active participants in a democracy by applying classroom knowledge to community collaborations.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Fisher students will understand the sociocultural, historical, and political underpinnings of inequality and injustice, and they will acquire skills and knowledge that will enable them to work effectively across human difference in their personal and professional lives.


Fisher students will understand and demonstrate effective work habits, and act in the interest of the larger community and their organizations.

Career and Self-Development

Fisher students will proactively develop themselves and their career through continual personal and professional learning, awareness of their strengths and weaknesses, navigation of career opportunities, and networking to build relationships inside and outside of their organizations.