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, the Board of Trustees adopted the Strategic Plan in April, 1999 which set forth the University's enduring Strategic Values, three-to-five-year Strategic Directions, and annual Strategic Initiatives; and

WHEREAS, it is appropriate and necessary to revisit and review such a document to ensure that it is remains accurate and that it properly reflects the progress made to date on its pronounced goals;

WHEREAS, the Executive Officers of the University have reviewed the Strategic Directions in order to update it and ensure that it continues to represent an accurate and 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

WHEREAS, the Executive Officers of the University have recommended revisions to the Strategic Directions consistent with this review process; and

WHEREAS, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees have reviewed the proposed changes and find them to be both appropriate and consistent with the goals and values defined in the original Strategic Plan adopted in April, 1999;

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

November 2, 2001