Our Strategic Planning Process

During the winter term, nearly 300 students, faculty, and staff participated in strategic planning discussions. 

This work began when over 40 individuals from our community joined the board of trustees for their meetings in Midland in February.The work of this group, feedback from campus meetings and open forums, the previous good work of groups like the taskforce on institutional distinctions, and cabinet leadership led to the development of the themes shared at fall conference.

We are reengaging in the conversation as we prepare to finish the plan in advance of our next board meeting in mid-October.

We will review and renew the plan on a regular basis, and our planning process will be dynamic and on-going. This approach to strategic planning is called an evergreen planning process.

Strategic Plan Themes

The following themes were collaboratively developed by a broad range of participants from our campus community and represent our highest goals for the future of Alma College.

Purpose and Place – As citizens of this place, we must deepen our efforts to model citizenship for our students by committing to improving Alma and Gratiot County.

Experiential Learning – Experiential learning opportunities, along with our career development programming, must become a statement of excellence for Alma College.

New Programs and Innovation – While staying true to its liberal arts core, the college must develop new programs, offer new avenues for learning, and serve new markets.

Financial Vitality – The College cannot thrive on the edge of financial viability. We need to be creating a budget surplus that can be reinvested into our core liberal arts curriculum.

Creating a Just and Inclusive Community – We must become a more diverse and inclusive campus community. We must also invest in our faculty and staff, value and support the good work that they do to help students, and hold each other accountable for any actions that do not support our community expectations.

Upcoming Events

We will hold virtual meetings for students, faculty and staff to ask questions and provide additional thoughts and insights on each theme or focus area of the strategic plan. These events will be held via teams and the appropriate link will be provided by email.

Monday, September 21 at 4 p.m. – New Programs and Innovation

Wednesday, September 23 at 7:30 a.m. – Financial Vitality

Monday, September 28 at 4 p.m. – Creating a Just and Inclusive Community

Wednesday, September 30 – Midland Group Meeting

Friday, October 9 – Revised plan put forward for approval at Board Meeting