Baylor University

Strategic Input Report

A committee of 23 faculty, staff and students of Baylor University worked through a process of coding, analyzing, and synthesizing all input submitted from individuals through the online Strategic Planning input form, community members through group discussions held around the country, and faculty, staff, and students through group documents submitted via the Strategic Planning website during the Community Input period (December 2010-April 2011). The resulting report was submitted to President Ken Starr and the Executive Council on June 24, 2011 and will serve to inform the development of the Strategic Plan.

Introduction and Summary

A vast number of diverse voices is represented by the Strategic Input Report. Faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members, and friends of the University have provided thoughtful contributions to envisioning what Baylor could be in the future. The rich input from each source is presented in a synopsis that reflects the data in theme-based executive summaries. A number of exemplar comments follows each theme summary in an effort to represent the spirit and nature of the varied data and to provide a powerful and vivid glimpse into the many insightful and passionate comments offered as input.

Section 1: Synopsis of Group Documents Input

Among the 165 group documents submitted, about 48 percent were from faculty groups of various kinds, about 47 percent were from staff and supporting groups, and about 5 percent were from student groups. Each group document represented the combined input of multiple participants. For example, student group documents were submitted by representatives of large student organizations who compiled comments based on the results of surveys and extended consultations with the student body.

Section 2: Synopsis of Community Input Sessions

The community input synopsis is drawn from comments recorded in 19 Community Input Sessions hosted in 10 different Texas cities (Waco, San Antonio, Houston, Amarillo, Lubbock, Longview, Tyler, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin) and in six other cities across the country (Marietta, GA; Nashville, TN; Los Angeles, CA; Chicago, IL; Washington, DC, and New York, NY). A total of 725 people attended these sessions. Many participants were Baylor alumni, although parents and other friends of the University participated as well.

Section 3: Synopsis of Individual Input

A total of 299 individuals submitted input to the Strategic Planning process via website or e-mail between November 29, 2010, and May 1, 2011. Individuals responding via the website were asked to identify themselves as part of a stakeholder group. Alumni made up the largest group, accounting for more than half (53 percent) of the 299 contributors. Participants could also self-identify as Baptist, and 67 respondents (22 percent) did so.