Winthrop University: Board of Trustees - 1999_04_16 Adopt Strategic Plan


WHEREAS, Winthrop University, unique in the combination of its values, accomplishments, 
and historic character, has since 1886 attracted a high-achieving and socially responsible student 
body through offering a national caliber curriculum and an educational experience rooted in service, 
excellence, diversity and community; and

WHEREAS, Winthrop has consistently followed a planning process in the Vision of Distinction 
that sets forth its long-term goals, consistent with the values of the University, to direct the 
allocation of resources into annual initiatives; and

WHEREAS, in 1996, the Board of Trustees reviewed the impact of higher education reform 
legislation on Winthrop's mission and goals, and authorized the President to initiate a comprehensive 
review of the mission and to develop an updated strategic planning process that would continue to 
move the University forward while meeting the requirements of the new statewide performance 
funding model; and

WHEREAS, four campuswide planning teams were formed which included members from 
throughout the University community, who were charged to study the areas of academics, 
enrollment, facilities/ support services, and community relations; to gather information via public 
forums, surveys, discussions and other means in order to design recommendations for strategic 
directions over the next three to five years; and to report their findings to a broader Coordinating 
Committee which represented every division of the University; and

WHEREAS, the first stage of these efforts resulted in a revision of the mission statement for 
Winthrop University, to reflect the requirements of performance funding, which was adopted 
by the Board of Trustees in June of 1998; and

WHEREAS, after including goals from the Board of Trustees' Distinctive Directions initiative 
begun in spring 1998, the Coordinating Committee designed a plan which sets forth the University's 
enduring strategic values, three-to-five-year strategic directions, and annual strategic initiatives; and

WHEREAS the Coordinating Committee shared multiple drafts of the complete strategic plan 
with the campus community for comment; the final draft was then endorsed unanimously by the 
Faculty Conference in the spring of 1999; and the president then endorsed the strategic plan 
and forwarded it to the Executive Committee with his positive recommendation; and

WHEREAS the Executive Committee has reviewed the strategic plan and finds that it represents 
a carefully articulated plan of action to maintain and enhance the program array, faculty and staff 
development, and technological infrastructure that will best serve Winthrop's needs; and 
furthermore commends the administration for a process characterized by extensive 
communication and widespread involvement;

THEREFORE LET IT BE RESOLVED THAT the Executive Committee recommends to the full Board of Trustees that the Winthrop University Strategic Plan be adopted as the formal planning document for the University.

April 16, 1999

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