The Plan for Bucknell 2025

A Thriving, Sustainable and Inclusive Future

Exterior of Bertrand Library in the summer

Since benefactor William Bucknell saved the University at Lewisburg from financial ruin in 1881, our faculty, staff and trustees have worked to ensure that Bucknell not only stands the test of time but also prospers and thrives amid new challenges and opportunities. 

The Bucknell community has again taken up that charge by creating a new strategic plan that positions the University to flourish in the coming decade: The Plan for Bucknell 2025: A Thriving, Inclusive and Sustainable Future. 

The new plan establishes a pathway for Bucknell to further distinguish itself among its peer and aspirant institutions and ensure a sustainable and vibrant future amid numerous challenges confronting higher education.

The Process

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. 

Mission Statement

Bucknell is a unique national university where liberal arts and professional programs complement each other. Bucknell educates students for a lifetime of critical thinking and strong leadership characterized by continued intellectual exploration, creativity and imagination. A Bucknell education enables students to interact daily with faculty who exemplify a passion for learning and a dedication to teaching and scholarship. Bucknell fosters a residential, co-curricular environment in which students develop intellectual maturity, personal conviction and strength of character, informed by a deep understanding of different cultures and diverse perspectives. Bucknell seeks to educate our students to serve the common good and to promote justice in ways sensitive to the moral and ethical dimensions of life.

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). In 2019–20, the University will turn to developing specific tactics to advance each of these initiatives and priorities.

Four Strategic Commitments

Strategic Planning Team

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