The University Strategic Planning Initiative, which establishes the priorities for Boston College in the next decade, has been gathering for feedback from the BC community through the “BC Voices” website.
“We launched bc.edu/uspivoices as an additional channel of engagement to ensure that everyone in our community had a means of making their voice heard,” said USPI program director Adam Krueckeberg. “Since that time, we’ve heard from a number of people—mostly alumni—about a wide variety of topics from general thoughts on our mission and our Catholic, Jesuit identity to detailed suggestions about our curriculum, residential halls, and athletic programs.”
The University Strategic Planning Initiative began last December with formation of the Steering Committee led by Executive Vice President Michael Lochhead and Vice Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley.
During the spring semester, 24 assessment committees across the university’s eight schools gathered information regarding progress made since the last strategic plan in 2006 and identified priorities for the next decade. Over the summer, discussions between the USPI Steering Committee and senior university leadership produced seven preliminary themes.
The fall semester has been a period of collecting feedback from the BC community about the preliminary themes, which include the university's commitment to the liberal arts, the provision of formation opportunities to the entire community, the reinforcement of the importance of graduate and professional education, and the use of interdisciplinary approaches to solve complex problems for the common good.
“We started with two faculty/staff town halls, a roundtable discussion with BC undergrads that was organized and led by the UGBC, presentations to the BC Board of Trustees, focused listening sessions on specific themes, and three conversations with groups representing different facets of our alumni community,” said Krueckeberg.
“The most recent of those was a webinar attended by about 200 alumni, which was recorded and which will be posted to the web.”
According to Krueckeberg, the BC community will have the opportunity to submit feedback through the BC Voices site until the end of November.
During the next few months, the Steering Committee will be using the information and feedback that has been gathered to draft a plan that will be presented to the Board of Trustees in March 2017.