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