During the 2017–18 academic year, the University invited the campus community to a number of open forums on broad topics pertinent to Bucknell's strategic positioning. They included admissions, advancement, academic and student affairs and the University's overall finances.
The plan was developed during the 2018–19 academic year with extensive input from faculty, staff and students, including through a number of open houses, digital platforms and individual college, department, small-group and one-on-one meetings.
After wide circulation of several drafts, the faculty endorsed and Board of Trustees formally approved The Plan for Bucknell 2025: A Thriving, Inclusive and Sustainable Future in April 2019.
Four Strategic Commitments
The 2025 plan includes four overarching commitments. Each has been refined into priorities (broad directions to help the University to achieve each commitment) and strategic initiatives (specific efforts to advance the priority by a specific date).