WHEREAS, Winthrop has consistently followed a planning process set forth in the Winthrop University 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, it is appropriate and necessary to revisit and review the vision annually to ensure that it remains accurate and that it reflects the way the Winthrop campus community carries out its responsibilities and intentions in an age of shifting expectations, declining public-sector resources and related challenges to organizational and societal capacities; and

WHEREAS, the Vision of Distinction has been updated to ensure that it continues to represent an accurate and carefully articulated plan of action to balance mission and resources with expectations, while fulfilling the South Carolina statutory requirement that Winthrop be a "first-class institution of higher education," offering programs, features and instruction "as the progress of the times may require"; and

WHEREAS, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has reviewed the proposed Vision's goals and finds them to be both appropriate and consistent with the goals and values defined in the Strategic Plan;

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that the Winthrop University Vision of Distinction 2010-11 be adopted as the official planning document for Winthrop University.

November 5, 2010