The strategic planning process encouraged collaboration at every phase. From preparation to implementation, hundreds of faculty, staff, students, alumni, board members, and other stakeholders provided valuable input along the way that has helped in shaping Calvin 2019: Strengthen. Support. Secure.


Phase 1: Preparing

October – December 2012

During the fall of 2012, the board of trustees (BOT) commissioned the president, Cabinet, and PPC to initiate the strategic planning process. The Cabinet and PPC engaged in a financial, organizational, personnel, and technology review. The president also commissioned an independent task force to review the university’s administration and governance in the area of finance

Phase 2: Assessing

January – March 2013

During this phase, the PPC led a process by which the university took an honest look at itself and its environment. More than 400 members of the Calvin community participated in SWOT sessions, identifying the university’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. This resulted in a SWOT report produced in mid-May. Faculty/staff at the university also worked to separate fact from opinion through doing research and writing situational analysis papers.

Phase 3: Brainstorming

March – July 2013

This phase was used to align the university’s vision with its capacity. More than 300 community members participated in brainstorming sessions envisioning and dreaming about the future of Calvin University—looking closely at opportunities and challenges on the horizon. Eight fact papers helped in framing and informing the discussions, which resulted in a brainstorming summary produced in late July.

Phase 4: Articulating and Reviewing

August – October 2013

In fall 2013, the university spent time affirming and refining its vision, mission and values. The plan started to take form during this phase and feedback was gathered on initial drafts of the plan, beginning with the university’s fall faculty conference in late August. A summary of the fall conference feedback was available to the community by early September.

Phase 5: Shaping

October – December 2013

The plan took on its final shape during this phase. PPC considered feedback from the October BOT meetings, fall faculty dinners, and faculty senate meetings and worked with a number of faculty and staff members on putting together a final draft. The Faculty Senate reviewed and approved all changes and provided the president with the final plan to send to the BOT for approval.

Phase 6: Finalizing

January – May 2014

In late January, the BOT approved the university’s proposed five-year strategic plan, which includes six themes centered on strengthening the mission of the university. During the balance of this phase, the Cabinet and PPC will set specific implementation objectives outlining how the university fulfills its mission in each theme.

Phase 7: Implementing

May 2014 –

During this phase the university will be identifying initiatives and projects and working hard to help the entire organization develop a strategic mindset. The paths toward implementation will be clearer and more detailed by May, and changes to align with the strategic plan will start on July 1, the beginning of the 2014–2015 fiscal year.

Phase 8: Evaluating

May 2014 –

During this phase, PPC will be tracking the university’s progress for each of the specific objectives in the plan, assessing how the university is doing using a scorecard and feedback. PPC will also suggest revisions to the plan as deemed appropriate. The BOT will also regularly review the implementation at each of its meetings.