Next steps for the Strategic Planning Initiative
June 05, 2013
The university’s new strategic plan for the next decade is taking shape. The first phase of the planning initiative, gathering public comment and feedback though a variety of forums, came to a close June 1. Work is currently underway to incorporate input from alumni and others in the Tufts community into the plan that will be presented to Tufts’ Board of Trustees this fall.
“I extend my sincere thanks to the many alumni who participated in this process, providing invaluable feedback and ensuring that the alumni voice is heard as we look to the future of Tufts,” says Provost and Senior Vice President David Harris.
As Provost Harris stated when the strategic planning process was initiated in the fall of 2012, this is “an opportunity for all of us, as a community, to rediscover Tufts University and its role in the world and then to develop a blueprint to achieve our shared goals in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, and service to society…. The strategic plan will define both an aspirational future for Tufts and the resources required to take us there.”
Over the course of the first phase, Provost Harris spoke to alumni on numerous occasions, including the Tufts University School of Medicine and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine reunions, meetings with the Tufts Alumni Council, and dinners with smaller groups of alumni. A prelude document, which included surveys, was also sent to alumni, and alumni participated in a webinar, Tufts: The Next Ten Years, outlining the vision for Tufts through the next decade.
Says Susan Zuckerman Williams, J83, “I was just at Tufts in April and I was impressed by the many developments since my time as a student. It is interesting to have the opportunity to see what is being planned for the next decade and to feel that I can be part of the process.” Ann Berger Valente, J79, adds, “I appreciated the openness about the problems Tufts is facing.”
The summer months will be a time of feedback review and drafting of the new strategic plan. Provost Harris says he looks forward to engaging with the community in the fall, draft in hand. “At least once in every generation we must rediscover Tufts,” he says. “That means we must engage with one another to learn about our collective dreams, capacities, and challenges.”