From President Kleniewski
To All Faculty and Staff
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
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.