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. 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, the strategic planning committee solicited stakeholder feedback to the draft map. In November and December, a sub-group of the strategic planning committee will meet to, based on feedback, revise the map and create a strategic plan profile.
Those documents will be shared with stakeholders in the new year.
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:
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.