The committee began its work in September 2011 and met frequently to evaluate institutional needs, consider relevant data, consult with working groups, and weigh community input. A high-level draft of a plan, including revised college mission, core values and vision statements was produced by February 2012. At that time, the draft was made available to community members, including the Board of Trustees. A second year of strategic planning allowed various working groups to build on the feedback provided by the Cornell College community and provide recommendations to the Strategic Planning Committee. Regular updates were provided to the college community throughout the planning process, and the strategic plan was endorsed by the faculty and Board of Trustees in May 2013.

Community input

Two strategies for acquiring planning input from the college’s extended community involved surveying segments of the community [for breadth] and engaging focus groups [for depth]. Both techniques were employed with students, staff, faculty, alumni, and trustees, beginning with surveys and following up with focus groups. Survey development and focus group planning were led by Becki Elkins, Registrar and Director of Institutional Research.

Progress updates

Please refer to our secure site for updates on the overall process and well as access to the records of all strategic planning activities.