In December 2012, members of the College’s Planning and Budget Committee (P&BC) reviewed and affirmed the College’s vision and mission statements. Strategic issues arising from discussions in a variety of campus settings during the prior 18 months were compiled by staff, thematically clustered, and presented to the P&BC for discussion. These themes were rank-ordered by P&BC members to develop four strategic priorities for the College, which were affirmed by the President’s Cabinet. The four priorities identified are in bold below and are followed by examples of the types of topics that were expected to emerge in individual planning work groups.
In early spring 2012, committee chair appointments were made and work group leaders worked through faculty, student, and staff governance bodies, academic deans, and the President's Cabinet to determine committee membership for each area of focus. Group membership was broadly-based and comprised of faculty, staff, students, and other individuals or alumni who could lend expertise to the process.
Work groups met throughout spring 2012 to examine each of the four strategic priorities in more depth, complete internal and external scanning, engage key stakeholders, and establish priorities, action plans, and timelines for three to five major goals in each area. These work groups were also asked to determine key performance indicators (KPIs) that will be used to measure the progress of all initiatives.
Reports from the work groups to the P&BC, governance groups, and the campus community were made throughout the spring and summer of 2012. Final reports noting priority order of recommendations were submitted by all planning groups in mid-summer 2012. The recommendations made were then reviewed and clustered by thematic intent for further discussion with College stakeholders.
In fall 2012, it is anticipated that the final recommendations and thematic clusters will be affirmed by the P&BC, broadly reviewed, and discussed with campus constituencies and major College stakeholders. Presentation of final plans to the College’s Board of Trustees is planned for mid-October 2012. It is anticipated that priorities will begin to inform budget processes and institutional advancement efforts with the 2014-2015 academic year.
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