Vision 2012 imperatives shouldn't be rushedOct. 28, 2005
Even the best-laid plans need tweaking sometimes.
The administration recently said Vision 2012, Baylor's blueprint to achieving top tier university status, might have been a bit too ambitious -- in the timetable department.
This admission comes as a relief to many who felt the university was speeding full steam ahead without regard to financial burdens.
Taking a few extra years to attain the vision's imperatives will give us time to increase the university's endowment and re-evalute expenditures.
Many of the vision's imperatives, such as improving the quality of the study body, raising the bar for faculty members and establishing top-notch athletic teams are well on their way to achievement.
SAT averages for 2005 freshmen were the highest in Baylor history. External faculty research funding is also at an all-time high. Baylor athletics have taken major strides forward, with NCAA team national championships coming from the men's tennis and women's basketball teams.
Other imperatives, like making the university a truly residential campus, could require more time. The North Village Residential Community was a giant step in the right direction, and the additions to Brooks Residential Hall planned for the future will further that goal.
Vision 2012 is clear: To make Baylor the greatest university it can be. But accomplishing all of these goals may take longer than the 11-year frame the developers placed on the vision when the regents and Faculty Senate first endorsed it back in 2001.
Taking a few more years to reach the vision apex will greatly relieve financial pressure and planning strains.
Extending the schedule isn't a sign of weakness or failure. It's just a realistic look at what's best for the university as a whole.
Vision 2012 has molded our school for the last four years, but Vision 2015 doesn't sound too bad. Actually, 2020 Vision has sort of a ring to it.