Pitt-Bradford Launches Strategic Planning Process and Seeks Public Input | Way of life

BRADFORD — The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has begun the planning process for its next strategic plan, which will be a comprehensive, collaborative project involving members of the campus community as well as neighbors in the area and beyond.

“We are excited to move forward with our strategic planning process,” said Dr. Catherine Koverola, President of Pitt-Bradford, “which will build on the successes of the previous plan and set us on our course.” for the future.

One of the first steps in the strategic planning process is to gather input from key stakeholders, including community members.

“At Pitt-Bradford, we value our long-standing relationships with our alumni, donors, and friends in the community and beyond who have staunchly supported our campus for nearly 60 years,” Koverola said. “Their contributions to this planning process are an important part of our plan.”

To collect these contributions, the university has developed a form, available on its website at www.upb.pitt.edu, which gives people the opportunity to share their thoughts, observations and experiences which can be incorporated into the plan. . The form will be available until December 1st.

Last fall, faculty, staff and administrators began the process of developing a new strategic plan that would build on the previous plan, Pathways to Excellence and Distinction, which covered the period 2015 to 2020. However, planning was temporarily halted in early spring. when the university had to change direction to develop new protocols and practices to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Once these pandemic-related changes were made and implemented and students successfully returned to campus in the fall, Pitt-Bradford officials were eager to resume the planning process and move on. forward with his “plan for Pitt-Bradford”.

Five goals are at the heart of the “Plan for Pitt-Bradford”: academic and global careers; Whole person learning; inclusion, equity, justice and access; Community impact and beyond; and Building Core Strength.

“These are the important areas that we will focus on,” said Koverola, “which will help us establish and achieve new levels of excellence on our campus, in our local community, in our region and beyond. .”

“As well as having clear goals, we will develop specific, measurable results to ensure accountability is built into our overall plan as well as into each goal, so we can measure our progress and success,” he said. -she adds.

To guide the planning process, a Steering Committee has been formed, which includes 20 people from across the University community, including all senior leaders, Academic Division Chairs, Chairs of the Faculty Senate, the Association of Staff and Student Government Association, Advisory Council President and Alumni. President of the association. The Steering Committee is co-chaired by Dr. David Fitz, Vice President for Institutional Integration and Community Engagement, and Christy Clark, Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Philanthropic and Alumni Engagement.

Goal committees were created to develop strategies and tactics to achieve each goal. In addition, two support committees have been formed: one will gather and analyze all planning data, and the other will review and update the university’s current mission, vision and values ​​statements.

While the various committees carry out their work, several focus groups comprised of key stakeholders – faculty, staff, students, advisory board members, alumni, community leaders and donors – will meet later this fall.

Planning will be complete by the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

Louisa R. Loomis