An Academic Strategic Planning Readiness Group is appointed to guide the next steps in the planning process

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Gretchen Ritter, Vice Chancellor, Provost, and Director of Academics, has appointed an Academic Strategic Planning Readiness Group (ASPP) to develop a timeline, scope, and design for a refresh of Syracuse University’s academic strategic plan. .

The group will review the 2015 “Trajectory to Excellence” academic strategic planning process, assessing the methods and steps that led to the University’s Academic Strategic Plan. They will also assess the effectiveness, transparency, and integration of subsequent planning processes at the college, school, and unit level. The group will review academic planning best practices used by peer institutions and use those findings to develop a roadmap for Syracuse University’s academic strategic plan refresh next year.

In his charge of the ASPP, Ritter asks the group to consider how to develop a process that fully integrates the goals and values ​​of the University and current market dynamics. These include diversity, equity, inclusion and access goals, graduate and undergraduate enrollment goals, the effect of the pandemic on higher education, outcomes post-graduation for students and distinctive areas of academic excellence.

Members of the ASPP group include:

  • Lois Agnew, Associate Dean of Curriculum Innovation and Pedagogy, Acting Chair of African American Studies, and Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Steve Bennett, Co-Chair, Senior Vice President for International Programs and Academic Operations and Chief of Staff, Academic Affairs
  • Rick Burton, David B. Falk Endowed Professor of Sports Management at the Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics and the university’s faculty athletic representative to the NCAA and Atlantic Coast Conference
  • Elisa Dekaney, Associate Dean for Research, Graduate Studies and Internationalization at the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) and Professor of Music Education at the VPA and the School of Education
  • Jerry Edmonds, Senior Deputy Provost, Institutional Effectiveness and Evaluation, Academic Affairs
  • Amy Falkner, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Advertising, Newhouse School of Public Communications
  • Lauryn Gouldin, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law and Director of the Syracuse Civics Initiative, College of Law
  • Julie Hasenwinkel, Professor and Chair of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Kira Reed, Associate Professor at the Whitman School of Management and Provost Faculty Fellow
  • David Van Slyke, Dean and Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
  • Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Professor and Senior Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs, School of Information Studies
  • Ryan C. Williams, Vice President of Registration Services
  • Ryan O. Williams, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Practice, College of Professional Studies
  • Amanda Eubanks Winkler, professor of music history and cultures and chair of art and music histories at the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Jamie Winders, co-chair, associate vice provost for faculty affairs and professor of geography and environment at the Maxwell School

Amy Fulford from illuminate Counselors will facilitate the process and provide professional development for ASPP members and other participants.

The ASPP will establish a planning process based on the findings of their review, advice from on- and off-campus subject matter experts, the study of higher education strategic planning, and relevant facts and circumstances for a plan. contemporary strategy. Based on this analysis, the ASPP will issue a specific set of recommendations to Ritter by the end of May. These guidelines will outline the design of pre-planning workshops for academic leadership and stakeholders and clearly outline the design and execution of strategic planning at the university, school or college and institutional levels. ‘unity.

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