President Donald R. Eastman III

Memo to Proposed Members

Memo to Proposed Members of Strategic Plan Advisory Committees, September 2004

TO: Proposed Members of Strategic Plan Advisory Committees
FROM: Donald R. Eastman, President
DATE: September 17, 2004
SUBJECT: Implementing the Strategic Plan

The Strategic Plan approved unanimously last May by both the faculty and trustees provides an exciting blueprint for the College’s future. The next important step is to develop operational plans to implement its various components.

In order to accomplish this next step in a way that divides the overall task into more manageable segments and, at the same time, involves broad participation, I will very much appreciate your serving on an advisory committee that addresses a specific initiative contained in the plan. The proposed committees are keyed to Section II, Liberal Arts Education for the 21st Century, and Section III, Special Programs and Lifelong Learning of the Strategic Plan (attachment).

Each committee will be expected to develop a concise operational plan of no more than two or three pages in length. Each plan should specify in bullet form the sequence of steps or measures required to accomplish the particular initiative identified in the plan and the resources that will be needed. The underlying sequence of thought would be: "In order to accomplish (the initiative), the College will need to do x, then y, then z. To support or finance those measures the College will need ..." Your group is also free to propose where those resources might come from.

An initial startup meeting for the committees has been scheduled for Thursday, September 30, in the Flamingo Room of the Continuing Education Center at 4:00 p.m. I hope you will be able to attend.

Each committee will be expected to submit a progress report by December 1, 2004, and a final draft by April 1, 2005. Those reports will be reviewed and refined by an Implementation Coordinating Committee that I will chair. As was the case with the development of the Strategic Plan, this process will also involve opportunities over the course of the year for consultation and feedback. The goal is to have a comprehensive set of implementation plans by May 2005 that has the support of both the faculty and trustees.

Involvement will be intellectually challenging and time consuming, but I hope it will also be rewarding. Developing a sound basis for implementing the Strategic Plan is essential for our future.