Building a strategic road map...
In January of 2021, the President’s Cabinet and Strategic Plan Committee met three different times – twice virtually for a total of four hours, and a third time face-to-face for four hours – to review the data gathered from the Board of Trustees and the faculty/staff in order to prepare for the next steps in the planning process.
Through those meetings, the Strategic Plan Committee developed three Theme Teams that would go on to meet in February four times for a combined total of eight hours each. A portion of those Theme Team meetings were held virtually, while others were held face-to-face.
As agreed upon during the Theme Team Launch meeting with the President’s Cabinet and Strategic Plan Committee on January 22, 2021, the three Theme Teams were Co-Chaired by Mike Cerino/Stacey Mason, Monica Baloga/K.C. Barnhill, and Michael Scharff/Charles Wyatt. During that January 22 meeting, the Executive Committee did in-person training with Credo to practice suggested activities with the respective Theme Teams.
. Also, as part of the training on January 22, the President’s Cabinet and Strategic Plan Committee did training that would be used during the four February meetings with the Theme Teams. That training included reviewing/organizing data from the campus community (to create “file folders” for each drawer), determining what might have been missed that needs to be added to the file folder and shaping up some of the identified initiatives, identifying paths to success by giving each initiative a time-frame for completion, and prioritizing each initiative.
Following the four meetings of the Theme Teams in February, the co-chairs of each team then summarized its findings and presented those to Dr. Parker for his review and consideration.
The Theme Team co-chairs submitted reports to Dr. Parker that identified objectives (drawer title), initiatives (folders in each drawer), initiative descriptions, a success matrix for year one, a success plan for years 2-5, an Ultimate Success Metric to identify the aspirational/full goal for each initiative, and a prioritized list of initiatives.
On March 18, 2021, the President, the President’s Cabinet, and the Strategic Plan Committee met virtually for six hours to provide feedback and recommend prioritization of the Theme Team summaries. From there, Dr. Parker edited the recommendations to formulate the Strategic Plan to be presented to the Board of Trustees on April 16, 2021.