Strategic planning is not an event, or even a process with a beginning and an end, but rather an organizational mindset, a way of thinking about Rollins as a college in a perpetual process of change. With the College's mission squarely in focus, this perpetual process is rigorously informed by research, assessment, data collection and analysis, innovation, and decisive action.
Where We’ve Been
August 2016: Mission reaffirmed
September: Mission alignment reports, campus-wide SWOT analyses, and early research analytics
October-November: Strategic questions framed; task forces named and working. Task forces hold open forums for input and ideas in proposed recommendations.
Where We’re Going
December: Task force progress reports, including recommendations, submitted and posted. Chairs and co-chairs collaborate to coordinate overlapping recommendations.
January 2017: Task force recommendations vetted with campus community to create inclusive list of recommendations to advance the College’s mission.
February: Sharing and prioritization of recommendations. Faculty governance review and approval for curricular matters, if required. Recommendations shared with the Board of Trustees.
March: Alignment of proposed initiatives with resources. Learning outcomes or administrative effectiveness assessment plans for proposed initiatives developed.
May: Board of Trustees reviews and approves proposed strategic initiatives.
June: Implementation of approved initiatives.
May 2018: Formal assessment and review of implemented initiatives.
Fall 2019: Renew the process.
Thank you to all members of the College’s 13 Strategic Task Forces for completing thorough and systematic preliminary or final reports in December. There is no question that these efforts will provide substantive guidance in charting the way forward for Rollins. President Cornwell has provided feedback to all Task Force chairs and will meet individually with each group to review the work thus far. Final reports will be posted to the Blackboard Strategic Planning Site as completed and Town Hall meetings for community feedback will be scheduled in February.
After much work and consultation, a methodology and criterion for establishing the College's peer benchmarking group was approved by the College of Liberal Arts faculty in December. To learn more, read the Peer Benchmarking Criterion Whitepaper.
The Strategy Team has completed work to analyze fully the campus strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) exercises completed last fall. Campus results are triangulated to independent research studies completed by Generation in the Final Report of SWOT Exercises now posted to the Blackboard Strategic Planning Community Site.
Discussion boards are in place and open on the Strategic Planning Community Site in Blackboard. Task force chairs and co-chairs will review and reply to comments posted to the discussion boards. Visit Planning Discussion Boards to pose a question, read comments or learn more.
Four strategic planning task forces held open forums to share progress during the first two weeks of November.
Task Force 1: Undergraduate Curriculum: Balancing of Majors and Elaborating the Mission
Specifically seeking input on:
1) What should the distribution of majors be? How should we envision what distribution of majors we would like to steer toward?
2) How might we try to move toward an envisioned distribution of majors?
Weds., Nov. 2, 4:00 p.m., Bush 176
Fri., Nov. 4, 4:00 p.m., Reeves Lodge
Task Force 7: Civic Engagement & Community-Based Learning
Weds. Nov. 9, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Bieberbach-Reed
Mon., Nov. 14, 2:00-3:00 p.m., Bieberbach-Reed
Task Force 8: Post Graduate Direction and Success
Thurs., Nov. 10, 11:00 a.m., Olin 230
Task Force 2: Integration of Global Learning Experiences
Mon., Nov. 14, 4:00-5:00 p.m., Location: SunTrust Auditorium
During October, updates on strategic planning were presented to faculty/staff, the Faculty Executive Council, the President's Extended Staff, the Alumni Board of Directors, and the Board of Trustees. The sessions focused on a planning process update; results of the recent SWOT exercises, external environmental scan, and competitive admissions analysis, as well as a review of the College's 12 Strategic Questions and Task Forces.
Click Here to See the Presentation Slides
Click Here to Visit the Blackboard Community Site and Learn More About the Aggregate SWOT Reports
Each academic and student affairs department has prepared a brief connecting our educational programs to our institutional mission.
Click Here to Visit the Blackboard Community Site and View the Reports
The updated external environmental scan for Rollins now available on the Blackboard Community Site (campus log-in required) along with selected higher education literature intended to inform the planning process.
Click here to View the Report
Twelve strategic questions grounded in the campus SWOT exercises, informed by the external scan and Admissions market position research data were announced by Dr. Cornwell in mid-September 2016. Task forces have been established to explore these questions and report back to the community as we craft a plan for how best to move Rollins forward.
Click Here to See a List of Task Forces and Chairs/Co-Chairs