The College of New Rochelle recently celebrated, once again, the positive affirmation of its mission, academic programs, and financial health through its accreditation body Middle States. With the strength of this accomplishment firmly in place, the College, believing this the right moment in its history, has developed a Strategic Planning Task Force that has been charged to take a fresh look at the future of higher education and the College’s role therein.
Phase One: August 2012- September 2012
- To view the members of the Strategic Planning Task Force, click here.
- To view the Strategic Planning town meeting presentation, click here.
- To view the Planning Assumptions, click here.
The Strategic Planning Task Force initiative is announced by President Huntington; co-chairs and members of the SPTF are identified and appointed. A two-day training session with strategic planning consultant Patrick Sanaghan is held. Working groups are developed, stakeholders are identified, and the SPTF work gets underway.
Phase Two: September 2012-November 2012
The SPTF begins to connect with the defined internal and external stakeholders of the College community. Engaging the stakeholders in interactive and collaborative activities, the SPTF working groups begin to gather data and information that reflects their ideas, thoughts and views regarding the role of the College in the future of higher education.
Phase Three: November 2012
Phase Three is a two-pronged phase that begins with a day-long meeting of the SPTF members and ends with the creation of concept papers. In a daylong meeting November 15, 2012, the SPTF begins to process the data and information gathered between the working groups and the internal and external stakeholders. The members of the SPTF will consider and sort through the data to identify dominant strategic themes. Once this process of identification of major trends and issues is made, the SPTF members will enter into the second prong of Phase Three, which is to write the concept papers regarding each of the major trends and issues identified; the SPTF members will have about one month to distill the data into these comprehensive, understandable products. These concept papers will aim to meet the following requirements: will be manageable in language, will be conceptually straightforward, and will be agenda-free.
Phase Four: March 22, 2013
Phase Four kicks off with the Vision Conference event that includes not only the SPTF members, but also selected internal and external stakeholders. Through an interactive and engaging workshop series throughout the day, this Vision Conference is a powerful and meaningful exchange and a historical moment for The College of New Rochelle. This phase reveals compelling insights into the College's relationships both with internal and external stakeholders. In a thorough review of the concept papers, participants become educated on how the major and relative trends and issues can be seen understood concurrently. These exercises create a cohesive understanding of how the varied trends and issues will become cogent and meaningful strategic viewpoints.
Phase Five: April 2013
Phase Five is the Goals Conference and is the true culmination of the entire yearlong process of the SPTF. The President of the College and the SPTF members join together to recommend those actions necessary to begin to implement the plan. The SPTF defines those broad goals as outcomes for each strategic theme. This broad, action-oriented process informs how the College will implement the four or so strategic themes that the entire College community, both internally and externally, have defined as crucial to the future of the College. From this work, an Implementation Plan is the definitive outcome of this yearlong collaborative planning process.