Anyone who participated in workshops, followed our updates, or contributed to the major source materials we consulted, will likely recognize common ideas recurring throughout the goals and objectives. A strength of this process—and your engagement with it—was the manner in which we were able to identify strategically aligned opportunities not only in the truly new ideas, but also in those efforts that the community has already begun pursuing.
As a reminder, each goal and objective was designed to:
- Move us toward our vision
- Reflect our mission and values
- Identify opportunities for growth, redesign, or innovation
- Demonstrate the necessity of financial sustainability, through new or increased revenue, reduced costs, or expense management
Across the development of goals and objectives, the following concepts recurred and grew more pronounced with each iteration from work groups or community members:
- The need to become a fully student-ready institution
- The power of experiential learning
- The importance of partnerships
- The imperative to serve a public good
- The importance of sustainability in all forms (financial, environment, human, etc.)
- The necessity of using data analytics to make informed decisions and manage change
- The imperative to generate non-tuition revenue streams and develop a strong culture of philanthropy
We will be working to further refine these goals and objectives in the coming weeks, and also develop a more detailed five-year timeline for these efforts. In addition, in some cases, the specific numerical value associated with an objective has been left blank, pending more specific analyses to come. We know, too, that our additional efforts to analyze feasibility, prioritize optimal timing, identify needed resources, etc. may result in a shorter list of objectives or some refinement to what they seek to accomplish.