K in Five: What We Heard
Kalamazoo College is in the process of writing a strategic plan setting forth thoughtful and intentional priorities to guide the College through the next five years.
Listening to College stakeholders was the first step in a yearlong process that incorporates input from students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, family and friends, and the Board of Trustees. The strength of the plan depends highly on both the quantity and quality of the input received.
In September, the Strategic Planning Committee met to synthesize the information gathered from constituencies and to create a strategic map to be used in developing and writing the new plan. In October, the strategic planning committee solicited stakeholder feedback to the draft map. In November and December, a sub-group of the strategic planning committee met to, based on feedback, revise the map and create a strategic plan profile.
In January and February 2018, the Strategic Planning Committee will seek constituent feedback on the revised map and strategic plan profile.
The map is based on information constituents provided in the spring during 12 information gathering sessions; plus students, staff and alumni, family and friends responded to electronic surveys. Participants were encouraged to view the College through a broad lens in their responses and discussions.
Constituents consistently identified the strengths of Kalamazoo College as academic rigor, preparation for graduate/professional school, quality of the faculty, and study abroad and international education.
Two priorities resonated with groups of stakeholders – career preparation for students and creating an inclusive and supportive campus.
In March 2018, the Strategic Plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.
The Strategic Planning Process, facilitated by Tim Fallon, is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Plan for Kalamazoo College’s Future, the College’s previous strategic plan, has guided K for the past 10 years.