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Thinking Forward

The Thinking Forward group was charged with a range of related pre-planning efforts designed to position to begin the next strategic planning process, including:

Environmental Scan

The higher education landscape is changing rapidly. What does “thinking forward” in some key areas tell us about where we are and where we want to go?

  • Demographic shifts
  • AI and the future of work
  • Leveraging educational technology
  • Future role of online
  • Mergers

Sharpening our topical focus

  • Identifying key areas for the strategic plan consistent with our understanding of where we are in the current environment
  • Prioritizing / integrating strategic goals

Plan structure and process

The Thinking Forward committee began its work with a review of the previous strategic plan and will recommend approaches for the next full strategic plan, based on a thoughtful consideration of key questions:

  • How should we organize the 2020 plan?
  • How should strategy be funded?
  • Design principles for the next plan.
  • How support planning with data / evidence?