Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Binghamton University is asking its faculty and staff to go on a road trip. Outlined in the first council meeting of the year is a new planning project called the University Road Map.
Binghamton University is following the University Road Map, to help reach some of the overall goals and objectives for the 2012-2013 school year.
The Road Map outlines future plans and projects to be implemented by different programs throughout the year.
Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger is starting his first full academic year leading the school.
Planning began last fall for the Road Map and focuses on nine different areas, with about 50 volunteers in each area.
"with 400 volunteers and the organization of nine different teams and the extra meetings that are required, you can't do that every year. We're hoping the outcome from this will last us for four or five years into the future," said Stenger
The areas include diversity and inclusiveness, community engagement, and infrastructure.
The groups will report back in mid-October with a five year and a 20 year growth plan.
"Growth is exciting, it's challenging you have to do it in a way that is sustainable with high-quality people, but it is really exciting to be thinking about growing and all of the different programs that we have as opposed to the past," said Stenger.
Everything from scientific research ambitions to athletic rankings was discussed.
But the main three goals outlined by the division of academic affairs are enrollment, faculty recruitment, and student success.
Binghamton University is hoping for overall enrollment to increase by 500 students each year, with an emphasis on graduate enrollment with the Graduate Growth Initiative, which is in its first year.