Frequently Asked Questions
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Project 50 Forward focuses on every facet of University operations—streamlining procedures,
reining in costs, creating new revenue streams, and taking advantage of every opportunity
to strengthen our faculty and support our students by providing them with the resources
they need to excel. The result will be a more efficient, more effective Stony Brook
Specifically, Project 50 Forward focuses on three critical missions:
Operational Excellence seeks ways to optimize support for students and faculty to advance the educational and research mission of the University.
Academic Greatness will be achieved through a significant review of the academic structure, systems, and programs to identify areas where efficiencies may be implemented. At its core is the goal to provide an academic structure that is responsive, accountable and committed to our students, providing them with the most effective tools possible so they can reach their educational and research goals in a timely manner.
Building for the Future will be advanced through the development of a Facilities Master Plan (FMP). An advisory committee is charged with the review, analysis, and formulation of a best-use model for new and existing buildings and infrastructure for all Stony Brook University campuses, including Main Campus, Medical Center, Research and Development Park, Manhattan, and Southampton.
Every administrative area will be reviewed to identify efficiencies and savings opportunities. We have an outstanding student body and faculty—this initiative will help them excel.
This Operational Excellence review and the Project 50 Forward initiative are unique concepts at Stony Brook University, and atypical in the higher education industry. Three institutions that have pioneered the process are University of California at Berkeley, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Cornell University, and we have seen how it has helped them in their goal to become more effective and efficient. That is why there is a very strong commitment from senior leadership and others who are dedicated to implementing the tasks and initiatives needed to make the Operational Excellence review successful.