K in Five: What Comes Next
Kalamazoo College is in the process of writing a strategic plan creating a framework of thoughtful and intentional priorities to guide the College through the next five years.
The strength of the plan depends highly on both the quantity and quality of the input received. The feedback sessions confirmed K’s model for a liberal arts education works, and it makes Kalamazoo College distinctive. In addition, constituents consistently identified K’s strengths as academic rigor, preparation for graduate/professional school, quality of the faculty, study abroad and experiential education.
The strategic plan contains five-year strategies, developed from the College’s mission and an articulated vision of the future. The plan also contains an implementation roadmap for the first year with specific action items including the responsible departments/persons, sources of funding and measurable outcomes. A new set of action items will be added to the strategic plan at the start of each academic year.
In March 2018, the strategic plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees.
Listening to College stakeholders was the first step in the yearlong strategic planning process that incorporated input from students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, family, friends, the Alumni Association Executive Board, and the Board of Trustees.
Information constituents provided in the spring of 2017 during 12 information gathering sessions in addition to electronic surveys sent to students, staff and alumni, family and friends formed the basis of the strategic plan. Participants were encouraged to view the College through a broad lens in their responses and discussions. In addition to providing initial input, constituents reviewed and offered feedback about the strategic map and narrative portions of the plan.
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.
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.