Under the leadership of President Gempesaw, strategic planning at St. John's University is action-oriented and university community-driven. During his first 100 days in office, Dr. Gempesaw embarked upon a listening tour across the University to identify our four strategic priorities to:
In November, 2014, Dr. Gempesaw formed the Strategic Priorities Working Group (SPWG), a diverse, 13-member committee of faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and trustees. The SPWG was charged with engaging the St. John’s community broadly to develop a University-wide action plan with specific action items addressing each of our four strategic priorities. During an intensive, 11-month process, the SPWG worked with key University leaders and over a thousand individual members of the community to draft a University-wide Strategic Priorities Action Plan (PDF). Through the summer of 2015, all academic and administrative units developed their own action plans aligned with the Strategic Priorities Action Plan. In October, 2015, the Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the Strategic Priorities Action Plan.
In January, 2016, Dr. Gempesaw formed a new representative group called the Strategic Priorities Review Team (SPRT), and charged the members with monitoring University-wide implementation of the Strategic Priorities Action Plan. Currently, the SPRT consist of nearly 50 members of the faculty, staff, administration, and student body. During the summer of 2016, SPRT completed its first review cycle and prepared a summary report on institutional actions and progress in achieving our strategic priorities since 2015. The 2016 SPRT Summary Report has been shared with the university leadership and will serve as a both the baseline for assessing progress during the 2016-2017 academic year, as well as a guide for areas in need of future action. The SPRT will also work with University leaders to recommend changes to the Strategic Priorities Action Plan for the 2016-2017 academic year.
In August, 2016, Dr. Gempesaw convened his third annual President’s Retreat, where over 100 of the key University leaders met to discuss the 2016 SPRT summary report, as well as to identify the top actions necessary to advance our strategic priorities in the 2016-2017 academic year. At the retreat, members of the President’s Advisory Council, the Academic and Administrative Assembly, the SPRT, and other key leaders identified ten specific areas for action and Dr. Gempesaw has subsequently tasked the President's Advisory Council with generating actionable recommendations on each.
To date, our action-oriented approach to strategic planning and implementation has led to a number of successes:
Our unique university community-based approach to action-oriented planning, implementation, and monitoring of institutional effectiveness has led to an increased awareness of our strategic priorities and is advancing these priorities through our culture of shared ownership of and accountability for student success.
Repositioning the Strategic Plan 2011-2014
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The University’s Strategic Plan has resulted from the collaborative efforts of all segments of the St. John’s Community who have given careful and thoughtful attention to shaping the future of our University.
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The University’s Strategic Plan has resulted from the collaborative efforts of all segments of the St. John’s Community – faculty, administrators, staff, students and alumni – who have given careful and thoughtful attention to shaping the future of our University.
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