Strategic Plan

K in Five: What We Heard

Economics Professor Patrik Hultberg teaches students from a blackboard

The open Kalamazoo Curriculum offers students the flexibility to take academically challenging courses across the liberal arts and sciences.

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. The first draft of the map includes a central challenge, followed by six priorities (each with a varied number of objectives) and one cross-cutting priority. In October and November, the strategic planning committee will solicit stakeholder feedback to the draft map (scroll down for meeting dates and times).

Study Abroad in Germany Strategic Plan

Most K students study abroad during their junior year immersing themselves in the local culture and language and delving deeply into the international experience.

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.

Here are some of the key touch points moving forward:

October 2017: Planning committee meets with constituents to receive feedback on the strategic map

Career Summit Strategic Plan

In 2017, the inaugural Career Summit brought executives and venture capitalists to campus for two days of practical career advice, networking and inspirational talks.

November 2017 through January 2018: Continued development of the strategic map and writing of the Strategic Plan including opportunities for key stakeholders to provide further input

March 2018: Strategic Plan 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.

Feedback Sessions for the Strategic Plan

Students
Thursday, Oct. 12
4 to 5 p.m., Banquet Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center

Tuesday, Oct. 17
7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Banquet Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center

Tuesday, Oct. 24
7:30 to 8:30 p.m., Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall

Faculty
Monday, Oct. 16
Sixth Week Faculty Meeting, 4:10 p.m., Olmsted Room, Mandelle Hall

Staff
Wednesday, Oct. 11
2 to 3:30 p.m., Banquet Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center

Tuesday, Oct. 17
10 to 11:30 a.m., Banquet Room, Weimer K. Hicks Center

Alumni Association Executive Board
At its fall meeting

Board of Trustees
At its fall meeting