STRATEGIC AGENDA PRIORITY STATEMENT
Immaculata University will cultivate
a new era of academic excellence, innovation,
and creative risk-taking in the Catholic and IHM tradition.
Immaculata University's Strategic Agenda
Immaculata launched the current strategic planning initiative in the spring of 2013 with the desire to develop a shared new vision and strategic agenda for the future. All areas of the institution – students, faculty, staff, trustees, administration, and alumni – actively contributed input. Through individual and small group interviews, Immaculata collected more than 250 strategic questions to consider in the process of designing the University’s future. The president appointed a broadly representative committee of 25 members of the University community, called the Strategic Agenda Planning Committee (SAPC), to lead the planning process. The SAPC organized the strategic questions into five categories, developed charges for each category, and then divided into five sub-groups to assess the internal and external environment and formulate strategic considerations for the University’s future.
The SAPC sub-groups worked tirelessly from May through September, 2013 to develop strategic white papers, which include their analyses and strategic considerations in the context of their charge. Three times during this period the sub-groups met with the Immaculata community in open campus meetings to test and revise their thinking on the institutional questions they were considering. The sub-groups also met with the Board of Trustees in September, 2013 with the same goals in mind. During the remainder of the fall, with the president’s leadership, the SAPC developed this strategic agenda from the white papers and utilized a financial planning model to test our vision from a financial perspective.
The SAPC assessed the strengths and weaknesses of the institution as well as the opportunities and threats extant in the external environment and, based on an appreciation for and understanding of the complex environment in which Immaculata operates, developed a priority for the future of the University – to cultivate a new era of academic excellence, innovation and creative risk-taking in the Catholic and IHM tradition. The strategies outlined in this strategic agenda are designed to build upon Immaculata’s many strengths and to take advantage of opportunities identified in the marketplace while preparing the institution to overcome internal challenges and respond to external threats.