Union College will soon have a new strategic plan, The Power of Union (2020-2025). Over the past year, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and administrators with a broad range of expertise and perspectives worked hard to chart a course for Union’s future. The result is a strategic plan draft that will be affirmed by the Board of Trustees in October 2019.
Oversight and Committees
President David Harris led the strategic planning effort in consultation with many members of the Union College community, including an executive committee, a Board of Trustees ad hoc committee, and working groups. A designated project manager, Blair Raymond (x6011), was responsible for ensuring that all aspects of strategic planning proceed on schedule and in a manner that will produce the most successful final plan.
The Strategic Plan executive committee consisted of the existing Planning and Priorities Group (P&P). At least one P&P meeting per month was devoted to strategic planning. This group was responsible for advising on the structure, process, initial focal areas, emerging recommendations, and final substance of the strategic plan.
An ad hoc committee of the Board of Trustees met with President Harris monthly to receive updates and provide guidance on all aspects of the strategic plan. The committee provided a broad range of perspectives and serves as a proxy for the full Board.
Four working groups with broad campus representation were responsible for deep dives on major areas of interest:
- Academic Offerings
- The Student Experience Outside of Classroom
- Brothers and Sisters
The work of all of the aforementioned groups was enhanced by significant engagement with the Union community and others. Engagement happened through small and large group interactions such as town halls and meetings, as well as through written comments, webinars, and surveys. The entire community was encouraged to offer input.
A Prelude document was shared in May to gather input from the campus community on the direction of the college. In June we held a full-day retreat with Keeling & Associates to develop goals. The writing groups gathered in July to further develop goals, and identify objectives and activities. In early September, the campus community saw a draft of the strategic plan and offered feedback at town hall meetings. Their input informed a full strategic plan that will now go before the Board of Trustees in October.