When we began our strategic planning process this time last year, you told us what you thought the strengths are that we should build the College’s future upon, what the problems were that we needed to address, where opportunities existed – both externally and internally – that we could use to our advantage, and where, again both externally and internally, we needed to be wary of threats that would impede our progress. Continue reading
We made good progress on the majority of our strategic priorities for 2011-12. As a year focused on “implementation,” we opened two facilities that were designed to support our core mission, progress continued on faculty and staff salary projects, and our self-study for continuing accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission was well underway.
It remains evident that we have been at work on implementing all of the priorities to support our strategic objectives.
At its October 10, 2009 meeting, The College of Wooster Board of Trustees passed a resolution approving our Strategic Statements in principle, with the understanding that they are likely to undergo further refinement and revision as the planning process moves forward to the next stage: defining the multi-year strategic initiatives to achieve our vision and the resources required to implement them. The Board also provided insightful comments on the statements; the statements, posted on this site, reflects those comments.
“Draft 9.0″ of our Strategic Statements is now posted here. The comments from the conversation sessions are posted as well. The blog pages with the initial draft and comments have been moved to the page “Strategic Statements – Original Draft & Blog Comments.” The College’s Board of Trustees will discuss — and hopefully approve — our strategic statements at its meeting this week (October 10, 2009).
This year we will craft a vision of our future and develop a multi-year plan for how to achieve our most important goals. Our purpose is to not only craft our strategic plan, but more so, to further develop an institutional culture of planning that encourages our strategic thinking and influences all of our decision making, resource allocation, and research and assessment efforts.
This is exciting and significant work for very good purpose. We hope you share our enthusiasm and we welcome your participation in our planning effort. All students, faculty, staff, trustees, and alumni will have an opportunity to participate in the planning process through existing governance and consultative groups and through “all call” opportunities. This blog supports our effort as a place to share with the College community and provide a repository for all of our “documents” relating to contingency and strategic planning and provide one venue for conversation.