This section contains the outline of the process followed in the development of the 2020-25 College of Arts and Sciences Strategic Plan.
Our thanks to all of the faculty and staff who participated
Strategic Planning Committee
Thank you for your enthusiastic participation at the College of Arts & Sciences Convocation last month. We received a great deal of feedback through the heat map exercise and the individual index cards. The attached memo includes all comments offered, organized by the original themes. We will use this input and any additional input we receive this quarter to add to, reword and restructure the themes, which will then inform our conversations about vision and initiatives.
Access the feedback and presentation here, in our password protected area.
From the Strategic Planning Committee
Since last year, the CAS Strategic Planning Committee has convened conversations and sought feedback from our community in order to elaborate our College´s Strategic Plan for the next five years. Based on your responses, questions, and ideas we have elaborated a draft of a Vision statement, a list of Initiatives, and a series of Strategy Screen Questions to guide decision-making in our College.
We are currently seeking your feedback on this document, even as we are concerned and aware of the very challenging budget situation we find ourselves in at this particular moment. We are being asked to make significant cuts that will likely affect members of our community before our Strategic Plan is finalized. We present this draft to you with the hope that the values that come through in this document, values that were expressed by our community, will inform the decisions that are currently being made or will soon be made. We will revise this draft based on your responses and taking into account any budgeting decisions in the coming months.
Please add your feedback on the document to this online survey.
Throughout the month of February the Committee will be seeking our College’s input in the following ways:
Please do not hesitate to reach out to any members of the committee.
CAS STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
English professor Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt, PhD, laments the downsizing of liberal arts and humanities programs and departments by college administrators bent on promoting more "job-oriented" disciplines. Read the Inside Higher Ed article.
Valerie Strauss shares a new piece on the humanities — what they are and why they are important — by Gerald Greenberg, senior associate dean of academic affairs; humanities; and curriculum, instruction and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University. Greenberg is a linguistics expert who teaches courses in Russian and whose interests include Russian and Slavic linguistics as well as syntactic theory. He has published many articles and essays on a variety of topics, including areas such as stress placement, the syntax of various non-finite constructions, case marking and language change. Read the Washington Post article
A broad swath of private colleges across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions are expected to miss their enrollment goals for the fall semester. That growing trend now includes some institutions that have rarely, if ever, had to worry about filling classes. Read Eric Kelderman’s article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
This paper, by Catharine B. Hill and Elizabeth Davidson Pisacreta, reviews the existing research on the economic benefits and costs of a liberal arts education to individuals and society more broadly, summarizing what we know and what we would like to know as we think about the future. Read the article, published by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The number of students choosing liberal arts majors is dipping. At the same time, more STEM employers are hiring workers with humanities backgrounds, according to a new report by researchers at Strada Education Network and Emsi, a labor market analytics firm. Read Sydney Johnson’s article on EdSurge.
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We will offer opportunities to provide feedback and input during the planning process. Each time, we will provide a form for gathering that information here.
At any time during the process, please contact Maureen Emerson Feit and María Bullón-Fernández with questions and information.