Nearly 19 months have passed since the process of creating the university's next strategic plan kicked off. During that time, thousands of alumni, faculty, students and friends in the Baylor community have engaged in the discussion of the university's direction. As the deadline for feedback on the draft strategic plan came to a close on March 31, the job of integrating feedback and creating the document that will guide Baylor through the next decade began for Baylor President Ken Starr and the Executive Council. An updated draft of the plan will be presented to the Board of Regents at their May meeting, and once approved, it will be implemented beginning June 1.
A group of faculty and staff from across campus met weekly from January through March of this year to discuss comments and suggestions received on the draft strategic plan that was released in December. In early April, the group will make specific recommendations on the language of the draft document to Dr. Elizabeth Davis, BBA '84, Baylor's executive vice president and provost.
The planning process began in August 2010 with a review of the university's foundational assumptions, core convictions, unifying academic themes and mission statement and an assessment of the current and projected educational landscape in our country. From November 2010 to April 2011, community input was solicited both online and through in-person listening sessions across the U.S., providing alumni and friends with opportunities to share insights and ideas.
A strategic themes committee spent the next two months boiling down the hundreds of suggestions received into a handful of recurring themes and priorities. From there, Judge Starr and the Executive Council shaped a draft strategic plan; that document was shared for community feedback between December 2011 and March 2012.