From President Kleniewski
To All Faculty and Staff
                                                   Dr. Kleniewski

September 2, 2009   

Over the next few weeks, we will begin the next stage of our college-wide strategic planning process. As always, your input and engagement in the process will be critical to the success of our efforts.

The most successful planning efforts--which set a strategic direction for the institution, establish meaningful goals, and implement the initiatives that they develop--use a collaborative approach. All stakeholders are actively engaged in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing the plan. I believe that a process that includes the entire campus community will result in the best plan for the College’s future.

To help facilitate strategic planning, Dr. David McFarland--who served as President of Kutztown State University in Pennsylvania, Provost at Central Missouri State University, and co-chair of the National Commission on Teacher Education for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities--will be working with the College. Dr. McFarland is actively involved with colleges and universities throughout the country in their development of effective, successful strategic plans, and he works exclusively with institutions that adopt collaborative planning processes.

Dr. McFarland will be on campus on September 15 and 16 to conduct an environmental scan. Over two days, he will meet with a broad cross-section of people on our campus, including faculty, staff, students, representatives from the College Senate, deans, vice presidents, and union representatives. After the initial visit, Dr. McFarland will return periodically to engage the campus in forums, focus groups, planning conferences, and working groups. The planning effort will continue into the spring with the development of a plan by the end of the spring semester.

I appreciate your engagement in this important process, and I thank you for your continuing commitment to our college.


Nancy Kleniewski


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September 2, 2009