Community Participation Opportunities
Community members are encouraged to submit questions and comments to be shared with the Steering Committee. Submissions via the web will be shared "without attribution" with the Steering Committee. These comments will inform regular “Community Forum” updates on issues of particular interest and FAQs on the site.
The Steering Committee, invited by President Donahue, is providing leadership for the project. Their first meeting was February 10, and additional spring meetings are scheduled for March 19, April 16 and June 10. View the list of members and notes from meetings.
Individual feedback provided to Steering Committee members representing your constituent group (e.g., Academic Senate, Staff Council, Christian Brothers’ Communities, staff council) will be brought back to the Steering Committee discussions.
Listening sessions, facilitated by the Napa Group, provide a venue for faculty, staff and students perspectives on the key opportunities and challenges facing Saint Mary’s. These perspectives will be used by the Steering Committee, along with existing foundational elements, such as the Academic Blueprint, and analysis of the market forces effecting to Saint Mary’s, as it drafts the priority strategic directions for the College. View dates and locations of upcoming listening sessions.
Initiative Task Forces will be invited by the Steering Committee to develop initiatives supporting the priority themes developed by the committee based on review of community input and relevant data about the College and higher education landscape. These task forces will be made up of faculty, staff, students, alumni or external community members (depending on the subject); they will meet from late March until approximately mid-May and report their recommendations to the Steering Committee prior to its June meeting. View the list of task forces and their members.
Electronic surveys with faculty, staff, students and advisory groups will be conducted in early May. Along with the Task Force recommendations, these findings will be influential as the Steering Committee begins to draft the strategic plan.
Town halls and other forums will be held in Fall 2014 to review and comment on the draft strategic plan, which will be finalized by December 2014.
The President presented an overview of the strategic plan, "Distinctive Excellence: Defining the Future of Saint Mary’s College," to the community during sessions on May 6 and 7, 2015. View the presentation.