The Ithaca College Board of Trustees and President Tom Rochon announce the full details of a strategic visioning process that will be carried out during the 2008-9 academic year. Its purpose is to identify a short list of areas on which we need to focus in order to become stronger as a community of learners.

In an action passed unanimously on October 23, the board resolved that the process will begin with in-depth listening to the ideas and goals of the Ithaca College community. The resolution further stated that a proposed plan identifying specific priorities and programs in support of academic excellence will be presented to the board at its May 2009 meeting.

Unlike an institutional plan, strategic visioning does not attempt to map the entire College by specifying goals for each school, program, office, and division. Instead, the strategic visioning process will lead to identification of several areas of action in which an additional investment of energy, money, or perhaps just focused attention will enable us to better embody "the standard of excellence for residential comprehensive colleges, fostering intellect, creativity, and character in an active student-centered learning community."