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Dr. Robert Neely, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Texas Woman’s University
2013 – 2018:  From Visioning to Integrated Planning
October 3, 2012

During the 2012-2013 academic year, Texas Woman’s University will sequentially and seamlessly transition from the identification of a University Vision through the development of a 5-year strategic plan to support the achievement of that Vision.  The process will: 
  • be conducted in phases;
  • involve the use of cross-cutting committees;
  • be designed to answer four critical questions (described below);
  • involve multiple university stakeholders;
  • result in tangible tactics for consideration of implementation.

The first phase of the Visioning Process will begin with use of a single cross-cutting committee of faculty and staff leaders focused on the question student body size and composition over the next five years.  As illustrated in the timeline below, the hope is for the initial committee to complete their assignment in March, 2013, to be followed by the work of three additional committees addressing questions related to programming, resources, and communication strategies.

Assuming some University agreement about the size and composition of the TWU student body between 2013 - 2018, the visioning conversation will transition to a process that blends both the continued formation of a vision with the strategic plans needed to achieve that vision. This process will involve the use of three additional cross-cutting committees, each focused on a single question (see below).  The composition of all cross-cutting committees must include appropriate campus representatives involving faculty, personnel in student information processing, student recruiting, scheduling, housing, institutional data and improvement, student life, representatives from the three campuses, and others.

Timeline for Visioning/Planning

  • October, 2012:  CX committee launch
  • October, 2012  – March, 2013: committee deliberation
  • March 28, 2013:  Report and recommendations due from CX committee
  • April, 2013 – May, 2013: campus sharing/feedback; identification/appointment of
  • additional CX committees for remaining visioning questions

Visioning Questions

Visioning Question #1

To maximize a distinctive image and to ensure ongoing competitiveness for TWU, what should be the size and composition of the student body by 2018?

Example issues for consideration:

  • quality – quantity
  • transfer – FTIC
  • grad – undergrad
  • distance ed vs F2F

Potential Data for Question #1:  Demographic trends in N.Texas, DFW metroplex, and Gulf Coast region; current TWU metrics, high school demographics, etc.

Visioning Question #2

To respond to external demands (legislature, job market, public constituencies, etc.), what unique programmatic directions will be critical for the university to pursue, particularly to support the identified size and composition of the student body?

Example issues for consideration:

  • $10,000 degree
  • accelerated degree completion (e.g., 3 year, year round programming)
  • dual credit and/or early college partnerships
  • programs of distinction
  • partnerships

Potential Data for Question #2:  State and Federal expectations, reports from foundations and educational think tanks, appropriate productivity metrics, benchmarking, best practices, etc.

Visioning Question #3

What are the resource needs and business imperatives that would sustain the student body, ensure simultaneous programmatic success, as well as financial stability and competitiveness?

Example issues for consideration:

  • affordability
  • facility and service infrastructure
  • size and role of endowment in supporting operations
  • fund raising
  • grantsmanship

Potential Data for Question #3: bench-marking against schools, customized reports, long-term economic projections, review of current budget(s), etc.

Visioning Question #4

How does TWU build a communication architecture to ensure robust planning and a shared, university commitment?

Key issues for consideration:

  • key performance indicators
  • systematic reporting
  • appropriate dashboards
  • assessable IE plans
  • transparent program review

Potential Data for Question #4: bench-marking against schools, TWU accountability report (THECB), national reporting tools, developing technology tools, etc.

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