Over the course of the 2016-2017 academic year, the Whitman College community will be engaged in a comprehensive strategic planning initiative that will determine where Whitman wants and needs to be in the next five years and beyond, and help prepare Whitman for that future.

An important part of this process will include listening sessions and other engagement opportunities with the Whitman community. This work will happen iteratively, with sessions held throughout the year as the committee considers and refines ideas, bringing this work back to the community for further input. As these opportunities are scheduled throughout the year, you will find more information about participation on this website.

The strategic planning process will generate a plan with a relatively small number of strategic priorities, which means that not every program that we love at the College will be called out in the plan. That doesn't mean that we won't continue to love and support each of those programs. It also means that not every new idea will make its way into the strategic plan. Having a small list will allow us to impact Whitman in a focused way that realistically accounts for the resources it will take to implement new things successfully.

Modeling Whitman's philosophy of shared governance, the Strategic Planning Committee is co-chaired by our president, Kathy Murray, the vice-chair of the Board of Trustees, Nancy Serrurier, and the chair of the faculty, Melissa Clearfield. Committee members include faculty, staff, students and members of our governing boards.

The tactics for implementing these priorities will be developed by focused working groups after the plan is finalized; that part of the process will allow for even deeper campus engagement. We look forward to working with you as this process unfolds.