Whitman College began a comprehensive strategic planning initiative in 2016-2017 to determine where Whitman wants and needs to be in the next five years and beyond — and to prepare Whitman for that future.

The strategic planning process generated five strategic priorities, which were approved by Whitman’s Board of Trustees in August, 2017. Read the strategic priorities document  (requires a Whitman login).

In June 2018, that plan took a step closer to full implementation when the board approved a list of tactics developed to move the college forward to its goals.

This process included listening sessions and other engagement opportunities with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends of Whitman. This work was iterative, with sessions held throughout the year as the committee considered and refined ideas, bringing this work back to the community for further input.

Having a small list of priorities allows us to impact Whitman in a focused way that realistically accounts for the resources it will take to implement new things successfully. But a relatively small number also means that not every program that we love at the college has been called out among the priorities. 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 could make its way into these priorities.

The tactics for implementing these priorities will be further developed by focused working groups in the next year, a process that will allow for even deeper campus engagement.

We look forward to continuing our work together.