Phase 1- Evaluate and Define
Teams will be responsible for identifying improvements and opportunities surrounding the Six Key Initiatives. Teams will collect existing data and information about the University and its environment, obtain additional benchmark data, conduct surveys and focus groups with various stakeholders, discover issues which need to be addressed, identify opportunities, and analyze our competitive market. They will also develop operating plans, including metrics by which to measure our progress.
Phase 2- Integrate
The second phase will bring together the work of the teams by merging the six strategic areas. At this point, we will be able to make decisions about:
- How to position ourselves to succeed going forward
- How to operationalize plans associated with the strategic areas
We will also revisit and refine our vision and mission for the University, making sure they are consonant with the conclusions we are reaching. There will be numerous conversations and reviews during this phase.
Phase 3- Publish
The final phase involves publishing the strategic plan to communicate the strategic direction of the University and to serve as the basis for our actions going forward. The Steering Committee, led by Provost Christine Riordan, is responsible for consolidating the plan into a unified document that reflects the best work and thinking of the contributors.
Phase 4- Implement
“see tomorrow” doesn’t stop with the ratification of the plan. It just begins. Scorecards for each initiative will be developed to measure our progress – short-term and long-term. Three years into the plan, a mid-course evaluation will take place to mark progress and gaps. Throughout implementation, a speaker series and other communications will be ongoing to continue focus on the plan.