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Dartmouth Strategic Planning

Committees

The strategic planning leadership structure includes the Board of Trustees, the President, a steering committee, two advisory committees and several working groups.

Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC)

Comprising the Provost (chair); deans of arts and sciences, the College, professional schools, and graduate studies; executive vice president and CFO; senior vice president for advancement; and the President’s chief of staff. The SPSC reports to the President, oversees the process as a whole, and signs off on the final strategic plan.

Committee Charge

  • Establish the structure, process, and timeframe for strategic planning
  • Establish guiding principles and key themes
  • Ensure effective coordination with the President regarding  the strategic planning process
  • Ensure regular communication with the Board of Trustees about the strategic planning process
  • Establish and charge advisory committees as needed
  • Establish clear processes to ensure effective communication and coordination with advisory committees
  • Receive ideas and recommendations from advisory committees; provide guidance and responses as needed 
  • Develop communications plan to promote engagement and information flow to/from internal and external constituencies: trustees, faculty, students, staff, alumni, friends
  • Synthesize products from working groups and circulate draft strategic plan for comment as appropriate
  • Produce final strategic plan
  • Ensure implementation through normal institutional operations and management structure
  • Assess progress of strategic plan implementation

Membership

Faculty Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (F-SPAC)

Comprising 18 junior and senior faculty nominated by deans of each of the schools and chaired by Denise L. Anthony, Associate Professor of Sociology and Chair of the Sociology Department. The F-SPAC identifies academic topics to be addressed and forms working groups to study the topics and to provide reports and recommendations.

Co-chairs of the Senior Executive Strategic Planning Advisory Committee serve as ex officio members of the F-SPAC.

Committee Charge

  • Identify aspirational academic topics to be addressed by the planning process
  • Advise the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) on the most effective ways to encourage the participation of the full faculty in strategic planning and to incorporate their input
  • Consult on a regular basis with the SPSC on strategic planning issues
  • Form, and provide guidance to, groups that will study the topics and prepare reports and recommendations; F-SPAC members will also likely serve on working groups according to individual interest and expertise
  • Receive, review, and advise on process, reports, and recommendations of the working groups
  • Provide general oversight of faculty participation for the duration of the planning process

Membership

Senior Executive Strategic Planning Advisory Committee (SE-SPAC)

Comprising 27 senior administrators and co-chaired by Maria Laskaris, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, and Martin N. Wybourne, Vice Provost and Francis and Mildred Sears Professor of Physics. The SE-SPAC identifies academic support and campus operations topics to be addressed and forms working groups to study the topics and to provide reports and recommendations. The chair of the F-SPAC serves as an ex officio member of the SE-SPAC. 

Committee Charge

  • Identify aspirational academic support and campus operations  topics to be addressed by the planning process
  • Advise the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) on the most effective ways to encourage the participation of the staff, students, and alumni  in strategic planning and to incorporate their input
  • Consult on a regular basis with the SPSC on strategic planning issues
  • Form, and provide guidance to, groups that will study the topics and prepare reports and recommendations; SE-SPAC members will also likely serve on working groups according to individual interest and expertise
  • Receive, review, and advise on process, reports, and recommendations of the working groups

Membership

Strategic Planning Communications Committee (SPLACO)

Comprising 14 faculty, staff and student members and chaired by Professor Paul Argenti. The Strategic Planning Communications Committee develops and oversees execution of the comprehensive strategy for internal and external communications about Dartmouth’s strategic planning process. The committee is responsible to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC).

Committee Charge

  • Develop a statement of the institution’s goals in communicating about strategic planning
  • Establish a detailed plan for accomplishing the stated goals over the entire course of the planning process, and through implementation as appropriate
  • Ensure optimal opportunity for input on strategic planning by all constituencies, and also by the local community if/as appropriate
  • Ensure that communications plans incorporate a variety of means for effective engagement and take into consideration the latest relevant methods and technologies
  • Guide the execution of communications plans
  • Assist the Provost’s Office in overseeing a reputational analysis to be conducted by external consultants
  • Consult on a regular basis with the SPSC to discuss and ensure consensus on communications plans and activities

Membership

 

I think the future consists of people taking responsibility for themselves, and coming up with collective strategies in untraditional settings. Mary Flanagan, Professor