Message from President Mary J.C. Hendrix
Welcome to Shepherd University’s webpage dedicated to providing timely updates on our strategic planning process. As the current strategic plan, Currents: Navigating with Purpose 2014-2017, comes to a close, work on the new strategic plan is nearing completion. We are in an era of historic change in higher education and with that change comes unparalleled opportunities. Our number one goal is to attain financial stability to provide a world-class liberal arts education for the next generation of professional leaders and model citizens, and to serve as an educational resource for the community.
My charge to the Strategic Planning Committee was to create a five-year strategic plan that will inform campus decision-making and fundraising priorities, resulting in a strong financial position. The plan will also serve as a strategic roadmap with implementation guidelines. Throughout the fall 2017 semester, there were several opportunities for campus and community stakeholders to provide feedback as the planning process moved forward, and I appreciate all of you who engaged in the process when the opportunity arose. Thank you for being part of Shepherd and believing in the possibilities that will shape our future. Together, we can address our challenges and maybe have a little fun along the way!
With best wishes and great expectations,
Mary J.C. Hendrix
The Office of the President charged the Strategic Planning Committee to create a five-year (2018-2023) strategic plan that will inform campus decision-making and fundraising priorities and define strategic priorities resulting in a strong financial position. The plan will also serve as a strategic roadmap with implementation guidelines.
The strategic planning committee served as a forward-thinking, solutions-oriented group charged with developing and delivering a draft strategic plan to the Office of the President. The committee began meeting in November 2016, focusing on wrapping-up the former strategic plan and starting work on the new plan. The committee and work concluded with delivery of a draft strategic plan to the President in December 2017. A final draft will be submitted to the Board of Governors for review and final approval in March 2018.
Milestones and Deliverables
|Strategic Priorities Draft||October 2017|
|Campus Community Feedback Survey #1||November 2017|
|Strategic Plan Draft #1||November 2017|
|Campus Community Feedback Survey #2||December 2017|
|Strategic Plan Draft #2||December 2017|
|Draft Plan Delivered to President||December 2017|
|Draft Plan Delivered to Board of Governors||March 2018|
Shepherd University’s strategic plan is just the starting point. Reaching and exceeding our strategic goals will hinge on full participation from stakeholders across the campus community and our strategic partners. The next three steps, as we move from the planning phase to the action phase, are implementation, measures and metrics, and outcome assessment:
- Implementation teams, aligned with the strategic goals, will be formed and include stakeholders from all divisions at all levels across the university. Strategic goals and implementation strategies will be aligned with current operations in order to make timely forward progress.
- Existing and new measures and metrics will need to be defined and documented.
- An implementation timeline and schedule of annual assessment will be developed to serve as a guide for staying on-course as we collectively move through the lifecycle of the strategic plan.
Information will be shared publicly throughout the lifecycle with the campus community and may be tracked via this website.