College of Science

Mission & Strategic Plan

SEES graduates

Our Vision

Fostering curiosity and a culture of scientific discovery

Our Mission

Educate, mentor, and inspire students through scientific inquiry and hands-on learning

Core Values

Curiosity    Integrity    Collaboration    Inclusivity    Innovation


Strategic Plan

In February 2019, the Strategic Discovery team comprised of faculty and staff from across the college, began a strategic planning process to define a new college-wide vision and identify goals and strategies that will strengthen the value we bring to our students and other stakeholders. 

We are pleased to announce the completion of our plan!

The strategic plan was developed using an inclusive and collaborative process that invited a variety of key stakeholders to participate. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors to gain a thorough understanding of the current situation and desired future outcomes for the college. In total over 2,000 comments were analyzed to develop this plan. Following is our vision, mission and core values that support key focus areas and goals expressed by you, our college members. 

Click the image to download a PDF of the Strategic Plan 2025 booklet:

strategic plan booklet cover


Hard copies of the Strategic Plan 2025 booklet are available at the Dean's Office.


What’s Next?

  • During the summer faculty and staff participated in three ideation sessions to help define the strategies we want to work on together starting in the fall term. There will be one or two more ideation sessions after the fall semester starts. It has been said that the death of strategic planning results from never moving into action.  So, we hope many of you will choose to get involved by volunteering to participate on a strategic doing implementation team. 

  • At the fall faculty and staff conference on August 20 attendees will receive an update on our strategic plan and hear about priorities and opportunities to participate in projects to advance our vision.  We will also discuss the results of our faculty and staff organizational culture assessments. Understanding how our communication and interactions impact our success cannot be underestimated.  Culture is built through shared learning and mutual experience, and it is transmitted in how we behave with one another ( Cooke and E. Schein).

Thank you all for your participation in the strategic planning process.  I encourage everyone to find your passion and lend your talents to help us attain the vision we have imagined and that we know is possible.

Click here to see the complete plan summary.


Why do we need a college strategic plan? As one of the most diverse colleges within the university we have the opportunity to establish a clear and achievable vision, coupled with exciting and motivating goals for the next five to ten years. Doing so will require taking a deep look at what it means to be a member of the College of Science within the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

What is strategic planning? Strategic planning is an organizational activity used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, and to strengthen commitment by members of the organization to work toward common, agreed upon goals. It is a disciplined effort that produces key decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. Effective strategic planning identifies not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how it will know if it is successful.

strategic directioning model

What is a Vision Statement? A vision statement is the clear and inspirational long-term desired condition or change resulting from organizational work and programs. For example, the Vision statement of the Alzheimer’s Association: Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s.

What is the purpose of a Mission Statement? An organization’s mission answers the questions – Who We Are, Who We Serve and What We do.  The mission statement will focus on what the College of Science does for its members and community. For example, the Mission statement for the New York Public Library: To inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.

What is a Strategic Plan? A strategic plan is a document used to communicate to organization members, the agreed upon goals, the actions needed to achieve those goals, how success is measured and all of the other critical elements developed during the planning process. 

How long will the process take? A Strategic Discovery team will work with our strategic plan facilitators, K2OHSolutions, LLC, to analyze quantitative and qualitative data and develop the strategic plan. The team will meet approximately monthly and with an anticipated timeline to completion by end of June 2019.

strategic planning timeline


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