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Block 1 Strategic Planning Update

October 1, 2012

Dear Campus Community,

As all of you know, my highest priority this year will be leading our institution through a year of strategic planning. In an effort to keep the campus community informed of our progress, at the beginning of each block, I will send an update detailing both what we have accomplished during the most recent block and our immediate next steps. I hope this will serve not only as a tool for information sharing, but also a method for engagement and input.

During the last block, the five strategic planning committees spent most of their time and energy focused on organizing plans for outreach. It was ultimately decided that the steering committee would lead information sessions, which would educate various constituencies about:

  • the need for a strategic plan
  • how we arrived to this stage of planning
  • the four strategies for the future and charges for each committee
  • the process timeline
  • how to participate

The four strategy-driven committees have organized outreach plans that will involve groups and/or individuals that may best help with their areas of focus. I hope when asked, you will participate often and fully, as this strategic plan will be best with the full engagement of the community.

At the most recent Board of Trustees meeting, I gave the board a progress report. Through the leadership of Trustee Heather Carroll, one of two trustees on the steering committee, we are collecting board members’ input. Their comments will be listed on the website.

The next steps in our process will focus on completing outreach, which will allow the committees to begin forming goals that are due to the steering committee by Nov. 15, 2012. It is important to remember that the goals are high-level items under each strategy, rather than the initiatives that are specific ways to help us accomplish our goals. During homecoming (Oct.11-14), I will lead parents and alumni through a session that will update them on strategic planning and seek their input.

As always, if you have questions, please let me know. You may also send your questions or concerns through our strategic planning website,  

Warm regards,