FAQ

  1. Why do this?
  2. Simple answer-- the world has changed. The demographics of our students have changed. Technology has changed. The economic environment has changed. How students learn has changed. The level of state appropriations has changed. Concord needs to plan in a more comprehensive and strategic manner to address the changes in the world.

  3. Why now?
  4. Concord's current strategic plan runs through 2014; so there is a need for a new strategic plan that will cover the next 5 years. Failure to plan will mean we will allow others (Governor, Legislature, HEPC, market, economy, etc.) to make decisions for us. Addressing this now, means we have more control of our own destiny. Moreover, with the decrease in state funding, Concord needs to better understand where our own economic engines are. Finally, since we are in the middle of a search for a new President, now is the time for the University to determine what direction we want to move in so we have a plan in place and a roadmap for a new leader to follow once they are appointed.

  5. What is the timeline for completing this process?
  6. A target date of September 29, 2014 has been set for submission to the Board of Governors and, thereafter, the Higher Education Policy Commission.

  7. How will updates be given?
  8. Updates may occur after Steering Committee meetings, Full Committee meetings, when milestones have been accomplished or when input is needed to assist in decision-making. Updates will be provided periodically via www.concord.edu/concord2020. Updates may also be sent via email to the faculty/staff and the student listservs. Additionally, as Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, Marshall Campbell will be attending BOG, SGA, Classified Staff and Faculty meetings to provide updates throughout the process. The Steering Committee considers transparency essential during this process.

  9. How were committee members chosen?
  10. Committee members were chosen by the administration based on recommendations for employees who would be open-minded, are leaders among their peers, and who represent every constituency within the University.

  11. Where can I view the current strategic plan for the University?
  12. http://www.concord.edu/administration/presidents-office/strategic-plan-2009-2014

  13. What time frame will the new strategic plan cover?
  14. 2015 - 2020

  15. What is the approval process for the strategic plan?
  16. Once the Strategic Planning Committee has an approved draft, the plan will be presented to the Board of Governors for their approval. Both the Board of Governors and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission have to approve the new strategic plan.

  17. How will decisions be made relative to the recommendations/suggestions that come from the strategic planning process?
  18. All input/feedback will be considered by the Strategic Planning Committee and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. All stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide input and are encouraged to do so. You may send your suggestions, recommendations, and feedback via email to planning@concord.edu.

    The Committee and the Steering Committee will use all data, stakeholder input and feedback to make sound decisions that will then also need the approval of the Board of Governors and the Higher Education Policy Commission.

  19. What will be the role of the Board of Governors in this process?
  20. Board members have been invited to participate in the strategic planning process at whatever level they would like. Two board members have been placed on the Strategic Planning Committee. They will participate in the decision-making processes that will guide the future of this University and through the creation of our new shared future vision. The Board of Governors must approve the final plan before it is sent to the HEPC.

  21. Will programs and/or positions be cut as a result of this?
  22. It is not the intent or expectation that programs or positions will be cut as a result of the strategic planning process. However, the process may include a review of various departments, programs or positions to align the University with its future shared vision and strategic plan.

  23. How can I participate in the process in order to ensure that my voice is heard?
  24. We want everyone to have the opportunity for their voice to be heard during this process.
    You can send any comments/questions/feedback to planning@concord.edu. You can also go to your constituent group representatives to share your thoughts with them.

Last updated on Sep 8, 2014. Originally created on Mar 4, 2014. Report incorrect information.