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Strategic Planning Update

August 27, 2012

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

After spending my first year listening to alumni, staff, faculty, parents, students, trustees, and other friends of Colorado College, I have gained a clearer picture of the goals and aspirations of the Colorado College community. Now, moving forward it is imperative that we create a plan to achieve these aspirations. At the recent Board of Trustees Retreat in July, the Board charged me to lead a strategic planning process to establish a prioritized series of action items. This process is designed to propel the institution’s capabilities in several respects:

1. strengthening the academic program with an emphasis on engaged teaching and learning;
2. exploring how our unique location, character and community can be leveraged to support the academic venture and promote a collective sense of place;
3. elevating the college's identity as a highly-selective liberal arts institution;
4. evaluating and enhancing institutional effectiveness and efficiency to better position the institution for evolving changes in higher education.

Knowing that a successful strategic planning process must involve committed participation and significant input from the Colorado College community, last May I invited you to nominate individuals to serve on the strategic planning committees. Using these nominations, and in consultation with the FEC Priorities Sub-committee, Staff Council, CCSGA, and committee chairs, I have appointed faculty, staff, students, and community members to the committees. You can find the membership of the committees as well as the committee charges on our website at

The strategic planning process began on August 23 with a retreat for all committee members. The success of our planning will depend on receiving input from the entire CC community and, therefore, each committee’s charge includes extensive consultation. To this end, there will be a half-block community retreat on January 17 -18 and many other opportunities to meet with committee representatives throughout the year. By May 15, 2013, the strategic planning committees will submit their final recommendations to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will then draft the final document that will be presented to the Board of Trustees for their approval in July 2013.

I look forward to working with all of you during the coming year!

Warm regards,