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Q. What is the ultimate goal of the
A. Well, of course the ultimate goal of the process
is to produce a strategic plan that identifies and prioritizes our efforts
and investments in pursuit of fulfilling our mission. But perhaps a
more compelling answer is the ultimate goal of the plan itself, which
we have stated in these terms: At the end of the first decade of the
twenty-first century, Muhlenberg will be nationally acknowledged as
a distinguished, intellectually rigorous private undergraduate institution
that integrates liberal arts with pre-professional studies in the context
of a close, supportive, diverse community. The Muhlenberg experience
will reinforce the importance of character and ethical decision-making,
the beneficial power of spiritual life within a variety of faith traditions
and the obligation of graduates to lead lives of leadership and service.
Q. Does this mean that Muhlenberg is
going to undergo major changes?
A. The process to date has reaffirmed our traditional
mission and values – so I would say that we are not making fundamental
changes. But I hope the plan will result in major improvements in how
we pursue our mission and in our national reputation for intellectual
rigor, character-based education and supportive community values.
Q. How long will the planning process
take, and when will changes be implemented?
A. So far we are on track to discuss a final draft
of the plan at the Board of Trustees meeting in October 2004 and implementation
will begin as soon as the Trustees approve it. But keep in mind no strategic
plan should ever be viewed as a “final” or static document.
Plans should set priorities, but must retain sufficient flexibility
so that we can respond to unforeseen developments. It will outline strategic
initiatives, but it must allow faculty and staff the ability to develop
operational plans that work toward the goals of the strategic plan.
Q. How can I find out more about the
strategic planning process?
A. You can review our progress by visiting http://www.muhlenberg.edu/mgt/presoff/
and clicking on “strategic planning.” I welcome your feedback,
and encourage you to e-mail me at <email@example.com>.
Depending on the volume of e-mail I receive, I cannot promise an individual
response, but I can promise that your suggestions will be read and considered.