Warren Wilson College News

Strategic Plan update from President Pfeiffer

Since the plan was approved in April, the President’s Advisory Council (PAC) has spent many hours mapping out draft plans for each action step scheduled for this academic year. The PAC reviewed these draft plans together during their annual retreat in August. PAC members are now in the process of meeting with its respective constituent groups to further develop the details of the implementation and evaluation processes, including the who, what, when, and how (i.e., necessary resources) for each item.

In preparation for the October 7-9 Board of Trustees’ meeting, the PAC prepared two documents that represent an early update on the plan. The first document lists all 8 priorities, 25 goals, and 116 action steps for the five years of the Plan–including the lead person and start date for each action step. The second lists the 68 action steps we plan to start this year, the first year of the plan. Included with each step are (a) the lead person for the action step, (b) start date, and (c) brief comment on any progress to date. Some of the start dates have been revised since the spring, and revisions will continue to be made as we adjust expectations to the reality of our daily workload.


1) Full plan with start dates

2) Year one with progress notes

3) More information about the Strategic Plan

I want to thank each of you for your ongoing commitment to the mission of Warren Wilson College and our 2010-2015 Strategic Plan. The PAC and I believe we are off to a fine start. Yet we also realize that we’re challenged to take on an ambitious Strategic Plan with limited resources. Much of the plan’s success may depend on financial information not yet available and funding not yet acquired. Nonetheless, we think it’s the right time to be both bold and hopeful as we reach toward our vision:

Warren Wilson College will lead the nation toward a new model for liberal arts education through the innovation of its Triad educational program, the quality of its academic engagement, the fulfillment of its sustainability principles, the depth of its commitment to diversity, the vitality of its community, and its nurturing of individual well-being.


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