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To the William Paterson University Community
We started this project on April 1, 2011, working with strategic planning consultants Anthony Knerr and John Braunstein of Anthony Knerr and Associates. As they have constantly reminded us, there cannot be too much feedback in the Strategic Planning Process. Mindful of this admonition, we engaged in discussions with many campus constituent groups over the spring term. Four dinners with faculty and staff in April and May on institutional visibility, resource planning, academic focus, and enrollment management were attended by over 100 people and garnered much valuable feedback and good ideas. I met with the Directors’ Council in May with 40 people in attendance. We discussed a SWOT Analysis of the University (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats) and had a long discussion about how to improve the University. In June, the William Paterson University Foundation Board and the Alumni Executive Council met to discuss the strategic planning process. [Notes from all these meetings are available for review on the Strategic Planning website, click here to view (requires login)].
Immediately after Commencement in May, the Board of Trustees held a retreat on strategic planning, led by our consultants. Our Board has taken a concerted interest in the planning process, and has offered their advice and guidance to the process. We are fortunate to have such an engaged and supportive Board which ultimately is the body that must endorse and approve the Strategic Plan.
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee has now met four times throughout the summer months and will meet again on August 23rd. Committee members of faculty, staff, and students have engaged in frank and honest dialogue with the consultants, and the upcoming draft framework reflects the collective thinking of the group. The planning process is an iterative process; many items have been redrafted, re-conceptualized, or in some cases, dropped. The Steering Committee has driven this process, and I want to thank the members for their diligence, thoughtfulness, and willingness to think on a larger global scale.
The draft framework will be available to the University Community for review in early September. I will focus my remarks at the Opening Day luncheon on the planning process and how we have arrived at this draft framework. The Opening Day luncheon will be held on the first day of the Fall 2011 semester, Thursday, September 1, 2011, 12:30-1:45 p.m. in the University Commons Ballroom. Please make every effort to attend and be part of the discussion.
There will be multiple opportunities for all members of the University community to review and provide comments on the draft framework in September and October 2011.
The first months of the Spring 2012 semester will be devoted to finalizing the Strategic Plan, which will eventually go before the Board of Trustees for their approval, hopefully in February or March 2012.
The University has established several electronic mechanisms to provide feedback and comments on the Strategic Plan:
Strategic Planning Steering Committee Members
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