Goal: Share expectations for the next strategic plan and listen for ideas/feedback on the process and areas of focus.
- Planning by community vs. committee seems like a reasonable process.
- Work the process into structures that already exist—Division and department meetings. Not interested in adding one more thing to do and incorporating it into the existing structure would be a preferred process. Dedicate time in faculty meetings.
- Listening tour by the president to collect broad-based feedback would be a process to consider. The campus’ minds can’t always be on strategic planning so listening and pulling together the ideas will be important.
- Annual Strategic Memo similar to the “no frills” assessment would be a process to consider.
- Student input will be important.
- Alumni input by allowing them to share experiences and learn more about the college is recommended.
- Town Hall meetings give an opportunity for broad-based input.
- Information in the form of scholarly articles, research and best practices shared with the campus related to issues in higher education. Sharing this information will help give our work context.
- Ideas related to the strategic plan could also be submitted via an electronic portal.
- Share IPEDS based (annual) Longitudinal Key Performance Indicators on MC as well as aspirants—in addition sort through how aspirants achieved success.
- Analyze programs at other schools and how our similar programs match up.
- Cross-disciplinary discussion around the areas of focus will be important as others make valuable observations.
Areas of Focus: Growth, Entrepreneurial Faculty, Endowment and Facilities
- Growth models need to be developed—limit student debt; future of residential campus; balancing liberal arts with professional studies while meeting the needs of students.
- Balance identity and growth.
- Balance faculty need for “free space” during growth phase.
- Address faculty compensation and ability to attract faculty who are serious about our mission.
- Finding ways to incorporate experiential learning and external partners to meet student and market needs will be important.
- Global perspective is important—international experiences and students will add richness to the campus.
- Common community theme across all disciplines—Examples included sustainability and social entrepreneurship.
- Need to focus on retention and the increasing number of first-generation students.
- Focus on endowment is important.
- Evaluate and discuss the Facility Space Study done by Chip Parker in 2009.
- Benchmarks and performance indicators will be important to track progress.