Willamette Launches 2021-2022 Strategic Planning Process

Willamette University will kick off its 2021-2022 strategic planning process with a series of background roundtables during the first two weeks of October.

These moderated discussions, called Compass Conversations, will engage academic leaders and external experts around three themes essential to understanding the environmental landscape of higher education in the 21st century. These discussions will help create a common ground for a second phase of campus-wide collaborative discussions that will bring together students, faculty, staff, and alumni to explore, articulate, and implement a compelling vision for the future. .

These sessions will be streamed live via Zoom and recorded for those unable to attend live. We invite members of the campus community to submit questions and comments before and after sessions (via an online form), as well as during sessions (via Zoom’s Q&A feature).

The program for these Compass Conversations is as follows:

Session I: Our Changing Student Body

Tuesday, October 5, noon – 1 p.m. (https://willametteuniversity.zoom.us/s/97874588426)

Bringing together campus experts around enrollment, student affairs, and institutional data, this session will explore how social and cultural trends are shaping higher education.

Session II: How Can Willamette Meet the Needs of Our Region and the World?

Thursday, October 7, 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. (https://willametteuniversity.zoom.us/s/98564423876)

This second session will bring together academic leaders from each of Willamette’s four colleges to explore how our university can adapt to the needs of our region and the world.

Session III: What makes a great university?

Monday, October 11, time to be determined (https://willametteuniversity.zoom.us/s/95681849467)

We will end the series with a group of panelists who will begin to imagine how Willamette might better respond to the changes and challenges identified over the previous two sessions as we shape the future of our university.

To learn more about Willamette University’s 2021-2022 strategic planning process, visit our Strategic Planning webpage.

Louisa R. Loomis