In Phase III, Cabinet and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will apply a set of framing assumptions to guide strategy development. These assumptions reflect the results of Phase I and Phase II of planning. Phase III anticipates the rollout of William & Mary's strategic plan in August 2020.
Framing Assumptions for Strategy Development
Refined by the W&M Community in Phases I and II, applied during Phase III
- A boundary-transcending education grounded in the liberal arts and sciences best prepares our graduates to flourish as citizens and professionals in a rapidly changing world (VMV, T&L, R&I, F&E).
- Deep human connections are a hallmark of William & Mary, created via applied student learning, mentored research and alumni engagement (VMV, T&L, R&I, F&E).
- Fulfilling William & Mary's mission requires greater focus on sustainability – a flourishing planet and people – as perhaps the most pressing need of our time (VMV, T&L, R&I, F&E).
- In order to cultivate creative thinkers, principled leaders and compassionate global citizens, William & Mary must reach far beyond its current locales (VMV, T&L, R&I).
- More than ever before, William & Mary students, faculty, staff and alumni reflect our multifaceted and pluralistic democracy. The diversity advanced via demographic change in our nation and communities is a source of strength and vitality (VMV, T&L, F&E).
- Human beings learn throughout their lifetimes, in traditional classrooms as well as through innovative technologies and practical experiences (T&L, F&E).
- Demonstrating and effectively communicating the value of a William & Mary education – to internal and external audiences – will be a key success factor in everything we do (T&L, F&E).
- Leading universities claim distinctive identities. Signature areas of excellence drive market awareness (T&L, R&I).
- Across every industry, thriving organizations focus on wellness within their community (VMV, F&E).
- William & Mary's organizational infrastructure should enhance our ability to transcend boundaries, facilitate efficient decision-making and incentivize collaboration and innovation (T&L, R&I).
- Organizational flexibility, coordinated collaboration and transparent communication characterize successful universities in the 21st century (T&L, R&I).
- The decreasing population of high school graduates will intensify competition for traditional-aged undergraduate enrollment and increase the price sensitivity of prospective students (T&L, F&E).
- Our most valuable resource is human effort. Optimally applied, our efforts focus on William & Mary's core mission (R&I).