Everyone is involved in the success and life of the university. That's why 225 Ambrose faculty members, staff, students, board members and alumni provided feedback via online survey, email, and focus groups, and almost 250 participated in workshops to develop the university's vision statement. This focused, cohesive statement is essential to setting strategic priorities-those actionable steps that move Ambrose toward fulfilling both its mission and vision.
Once the strategic priorities were identified, the strategic planning committee switched to a more tactical frame of mind. Using data collected at the two previous planning workshops as well as input from selected constituents, the strategic planning committee developed plans — the ways to meet the University's vision.
Twelve strategic initiatives were developed, focusing on institutional priorities in the areas of: transparency and accountability; branding; diocesan heritage; Catholic intellectual tradition; faculty and staff; graduate education; academic and co-curricular collaboration; student persistence; general education; the liberal arts; social justice; and, service and community engagement.
From there, a subcommittee of the strategic planning committee, under the direction of Mike Poster, vice president for finance, developed a budget and a timeline for implementation based on that budget. Concurrently, a subcommittee for evaluation, led by Dr. Paul Koch, vice president for academic affairs, was developed for the purpose of working with individuals who will be responsible for implementing the tactics of this plan to develop and implement evaluation measures.
The strategic planning committee will review the results of those evaluations bi-annually to assure that the process and tactics that emerged from this process continue to move the University forward toward its vision.