11742pre_6a7f225e45c6d15Fast Forward Syracuse is a roadmap for the future and a guide to help ensure the success of the University in the context of a changing and challenging higher education environment.

It’s a way to increase the value of the institution and the degree students earn. It’s about making choices to position and strengthen the University as a whole. Since its June 2014 launch, Fast Forward Syracuse has examined how we create academic excellence, invest in our priorities and establish a strong financial footing—while limiting the impact on student tuition and enhancing the student experience. Included in this campus-wide effort are three interrelated components that allow the University to build on its widely recognized strengths, yet identify areas for improvement.

  • A Strategic Plan, focused on academics, that lays out a shared vision for the University and identifies clear priorities needed to achieve that vision
  • A Campus Master Plan  as a framework to guide decisions about the University’s strategic infrastructure needs
  • An Operational Excellence Program  helping the University be more effective, achieve efficiencies, and create opportunities to fund investment in the Strategic Plan and the Campus Master Plan

Fast Forward Syracuse was named to capture the vision and energy of the student competition held as part of Chancellor’s Syverud’s inauguration in April 2014. The competition challenged students to create ideas and action plans for how Syracuse University can positively impact the world. The student entrants—and the eventual 13 winners—epitomized the collaboration and innovation that has always been a part of Syracuse’s history. This mindset underlies the overall Fast Forward Syracuse initiative.