Charting a Course for Lenoir-Rhyne University
Our Strategic Plan
One of the most important means by which the goals of Lenoir-Rhyne University are attained is through strategic institutional planning on five-year intervals.
In fall 2012, under the leadership of President Wayne Powell, Lenoir-Rhyne University begins anew its strategic planning process. Attuned always to our University’s mission, vision, and values, this work is designed to engage and collect feedback from the campus’s many internal and external stakeholders, to examine institutional performance data and current best practices in higher education, and to formulate our institution’s next five-year strategic plan.
The Strategic Planning Leadership Committee, co-chaired by President Powell and Board of Trustee member Margaret H. Jackson (’69), is comprised of a broad spectrum of faculty, staff, administrators, students, trustees, alumni, and community members. The Committee’s work is central to the achievement of our next strategic plan: it shapes the ongoing design of the planning process and updates the community of its progress; it furnishes information designed to inform the contributions of stakeholders; it coordinates the collection of constituent feedback; it synthesizes the many forms of data and information that encompasses its tasks and keeps constituents apprised on its findings; and it serves as the conduit between the many stakeholders and University leadership’s ultimate development of our strategic plan.
Over the course of the next several months, the Leadership Committee will coordinate a thorough process designed to produce Lenoir-Rhyne University’s next strategic plan. The purpose of the plan is to develop a series of general goals—translatable into action items across the many academic and/or administrative units of the campus--designed to direct and to prioritize institutional decision-making regarding the allocation of financial and human resources. Through the plan, we create a document to guide, while not limiting, future opportunities to ensure continual programmatic and institutional improvement.
Our planning process embraces the operational values of Lenoir-Rhyne University. It will enable meaningful participation and contribution from all our campus’ stakeholders while ensuring the appropriate decision-making role of University leadership. It will listen to feedback and its findings will be transparent to all our constituencies. It will seek through ongoing engagement and feedback widespread ownership of the plan itself. And it will culminate in the development of a coherent and ambitious plan applied throughout our campus to move us to ever greater heights as a University.
Opportunities for Providing Feedback
Stakeholders will have multiple opportunities to provide feedback. During the early stages of the planning process, during the latter part of the fall semester, the Committee will solicit observations, viewpoints, and opinions through a series of small focus groups designed to collect information from the many constituency groups. Simultaneously, stakeholders will have access to a web-based questionnaire that allows them to comment on significant institutional opportunities, challenges, strengths, and/or barriers as we enter our next planning phase.
Later stages of the plan’s development will begin to hone more specific goals and priorities, and it will include further engagement with Lenoir-Rhyne’s faculty, staff, and administrators. Ultimately, we anticipate patterns emerging that will direct University leadership toward the development of a strategic plan with substantial ownership across the campus that is a coherent guide for prioritizing institutional goals and actions over the next several years.
Our goal is to be a nationally recognized liberal arts university of choice – known for our excellence in building leaders for tomorrow, developing patterns of lifelong learning, positioning our graduates for success in their professional, personal and spiritual lives and providing an unparalleled quality of caring within our university community.