Strategic Plan

Pitt-Bradford has been well-served by decades of clear strategic planning that guided the growth of the campus, the development of academic programs, the advancement of technology, the enhancement of the image and reputation, and an increase in public and private support for the university. 

The most recent plans include the Plan for the Fifth Decade (2004 - 2009) and the plan for 2009-2014.

The Planning and Budgeting Committee (PBC) meets regularly to discuss and prioritize strategic initiatives and adheres to a timeline.  

Faculty and staff are invited to submit initiatives consistent with the overall strategic directions of Pitt-Bradford to the Planning and Budgeting Committee for consideration. The Planning and Budgeting Committee will consider the initiative and upon a majority vote, recommend the initiative to the President who has discretion for any new initiatives added to the strategic plan.


The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford strives to promote collaborative, interdisciplinary, experiential learning to prepare students for leadership in a world whose geographical, intellectual, and cultural boundaries are giving way to global interdependence. Pitt-Bradford’s student-centered academic environment fosters the skills and habits of mind that lead to life-long learning, rewarding careers, and fulfilling lives. Pitt-Bradford invests in the surrounding communities and is enriched by partnerships which enhance the quality of life in the region and beyond. 


  1. New Levels of Academic Excellence – Establish standards of excellence in academic programs that distinguish Pitt-Bradford as an outstanding provider of higher education.

  2. Student Enrollment and Academic Success – Recruit qualified students to meet enrollment goals and promote high standards of performance in scholarship, innovation, and service, while creating a supportive campus environment to enable the success of all students. 

  3. Human Resources and Diversity – Create a mutually respectful, enterprising, and intellectually curious community of students, faculty, and staff reflective of the diversity of demographics in the Commonwealth.

  4. Rural Engagement and Outreach – Enhance the quality of life in our six-county service region by contributing to the educational, economic, and cultural development of Northwest and North Central Pennsylvania. UPDATE_8.1.12 

  5. Reputation and Identity – Communicate an image that blends the prestige of a world renowned university with the distinctive qualities and attributes of a student-focused undergraduate institution. 

  6. Financial and Material Resources – Enhance and leverage financial and material resources in order to appropriately serve a population of 1,500 full-time equivalent students. 

  7. Campus Ambience and Sustainability – Enhance the beauty and functionality of the campus through architecturally consistent design, construction, and landscaping and environmentally sustainable operational practices