Strategic Plan 2012-2017
Ursinus 150 was adopted as the college’s new strategic plan on May 13, 2017.
Transformative Education: A Strategic Plan for Ursinus College
In 2011, the then newly-appointed president, Bobby Fong shared with the college community his vision of the future and challenged us to join with him in developing a strategic plan for the college.
That plan, Transformative Education: A Strategic Plan for Ursinus College was completed the following year. It specifies what Ursinus is and what we want to become, while continuing to reaffirm the college’s mission and values.
Sadly, Dr. Fong unexpectedly and suddenly died in September 2014. While he wasn’t able to see his strategic plan come to full completion, he was able to see it embraced by the college community and major strides being made across campus.
Transformative Education: A Strategic Plan for Ursinus College outlines eight priorities of the college, with 33 specific recommendations, that chart a course for Ursinus over five-to-seven years, which will culminate at the college’s sesquicentennial in 2019.
We believe that parents and students will respond to this promise of transformation that occurs through the student’s own hard work, with the support of faculty and staff to guide them in that work, and through an educational program that develops the intellect and character they need for successful, purposeful and useful lives.
History: Meeting the Challenge
August 2011 to January 2012
In President Fong’s first State of the College address in August 2011, he offered eight propositions to the Ursinus community and asked everyone to come together with him in defining the strategic direction of the College. The college’s Campus Planning and Priorities Committee (CPPC) formed a workgroup for each of these eight propositions, which included faculty, staff and students, as well as trustees, alumni and representatives from the local community.
Each workgroup evaluated its assigned proposition and, together, they converted them into eight strategic priorities, each with its own set of recommendations. The eight priorities address academics — including our core curriculum and the first-year experience; applied learning; retention and growth; campus diversity; Ursinus as a workplace; town-gown relations; fundraising; and alumni engagement. The 33 recommendations assigned to these priorities were specific enough to measure progress over the duration of the plan.
During the fall semester of that year, members of these workgroups engaged the college community in discussions over these priorities and completed questionnaires to gather measurable data on responses. They then submitted their final reports in January.
Spring Semester 2012
During the following semester, a draft of the plan was compiled by President Fong and reviewed with the CPPC. Faculty, staff, students and the Board of Trustees all provided feedback, as well, until the project was completed.
In May, Transformative Education: A Strategic Plan for Ursinus College was unveiled and, in June, it was ratified by the Board.