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urges a new "discipline" of planning
job is to make sure that the academic focus of the institution is
always front and center.
Lewis, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
we’re going to be rigid, operating in the nineteenth century
and resisting change, then we’ll go the way of the Light Brigade.
Thorpe, Woodruff Professor of Health Policy and Management
Planning Steering Committee
Or, Sipping champagne from a fire hydrant
Knauft, Samuel C. Dobbs Professor of Anthropology
and Executive Director,
The Institute for Comparative and International Studies
the Bible Green?
Israelite and early Christian perspectives
on the natural world
A. Newsom, Professor of Old Testament
Mind and the Machine
Review of Digital People by Sidney Perkowitz
Neill, Professor of Psychology
strategic planning process, co-chaired by Executive Vice President
for Health Affairs Michael Johns and Executive Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Provost Earl Lewis, began in March 2004 and
is expected to conclude in May 2005.
Phase I of the process ended in September. President
Jim Wagner first appointed a steering committee of faculty and senior
administrators. Phase I involved much information gathering, including
a series of “opportunity groups,” one-time gatherings
of faculty, chaired by the deans, for brainstorming and identifying
unique opportunities and priorities. Each school and unit was asked
to complete an “environmental assessment,” a thorough
analysis of internal and external context and position based on
“strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.”
Each school and unit also developed a list of “priority strategic
issues” affecting it over the next five years. Finally, a
number of task forces, composed primarily of faculty, began to take
shape to examine issues and initiatives that cut across the entire
university. The first of these was formed in the summer around internationalization,
chaired by Tom Robertson, dean of the Goizueta Business School.
Others are expected to convene soon in areas of focus such as public
policy, community and diversity, and information technology.
Phase II of the process began in September and
is expected to wind up in February 2005. It involves the formulation
of major, university-wide initiatives (the work of the cross-university
task forces) and strategic plans for each of the schools, as well
as the identification of required resources.
Phase III, projected to begin in March 2005 and
last about three months, will result in a final consolidation of
the university’s goals, strategic initiatives (both university-wide
and within each school and unit), and a plan for investing in these
goals and initiatives. The final plan will be presented to the Board
of Trustees in June. From there, the plan will become the platform
for a comprehensive capital campaign.