In the fall of 2017 we launched our strategic planning initiative: Lesley 2030. Lesley 2030 is a community-wide process of envisioning what Lesley might look like ten years from now, defining a set of aspirational goals, and using those goals to develop a series of strategic plans, along with accompanying plans for implementation and assessment for the years ahead.
Stage 1: Community-Wide Envisioning (Fall and Winter 2017)
Town hall sessions held in October 2017 highlighted accomplishments from our last strategic plan, provided relevant information about Lesley and the broader higher education landscape, described the process for this planning initiative, and set the stage for our envisioning work.
The envisioning sessions that followed in November 2017 focused on imagining what the world might look like in 2030, what the needs might be, and how Lesley can best meet those needs as well as the needs of our future students.
Conversations that took place throughout the fall 2017 semester formed the foundation for our work in the winter of 2017 and spring of 2018, as we moved into strategy development. Community-wide meetings beginning in December 2017 offered an opportunity to hear about and discuss the ideas shared during the envisioning sessions, and served as a springboard for conversations about future needs that Lesley might meet and what Lesley might look like in 2030. Throughout the spring semester, the community engaged in conversations around the themes that emerged during the fall envisioning sessions.
Stage 2: Defining a Set of Aspirational Goals (Fall 2018)
In September 2018, we released a draft Futures Document intended to set a high-level vision for the university for the coming decade. This draft evolved from the Emerging Themes that were discussed with the community in the spring. Our focus in late September and early October was on the Futures Document. We have now begun to develop and refine the Strategic Plan Document which will flow from the Futures Document and outline specific strategies that will enable us to realize our 2030 vision.
Stage 3: Strategic Planning (Fall and Winter 2018)
Once we have a finalized our goals for the University, we will launch a series of working groups made up of members of our campus community and tasked with developing strategies to help us achieve our goals. This work will inform the first 3-year strategic plan under Lesley 2030.
About the Office of Strategy and Implementation
The Office of Strategy and Implementation at Lesley University launched in January 2017, though the university has been committed to strategic planning for many years. With a focus on all elements of strategy, including analysis, planning, aligning, choice making, implementation plans, measuring, learning, and adapting, we are responsible for Lesley’s multi-year strategic vision and plan as well as the annual plans that support it. Working closely with the president and collaboratively with the Senior Leadership Team and Cabinet, we seek to engage all members of the university community, including faculty, staff, students, board members, partners, and friends of Lesley, in strategic planning activities.
We offer resources to support the university’s capacity to identify strategic priorities and growth opportunities and seek to make available and synthesize data from internal and external sources and elevate its use to inform planning and decision-making. We provide partnership, analysis and advice to Lesley’s academic and administrative leaders as we strive to realize Lesley’s mission and prepare our students to effect positive change in the world.