Trustees endorse new McDaniel Strategic Plan through 2014

April 20, 2009

Trustees at McDaniel College unanimously endorsed a five-year strategic plan that provides a blueprint for achieving the college’s essential priorities and goals through 2014. The planning process began in 2008 and involved faculty, staff, and students as well as key administrators and three appointed trustees.

President Joan Develin Coley led the planning process, one that is familiar to her at McDaniel having administered and implemented the last two strategic plans.

“Our next Strategic Plan will help us sharpen our focus,” Coley said. “By the end of the next strategic plan, we will articulate—and be recognized—for three areas of distinction, which together serve as the foundation of our McDaniel educational experience.”

Recommendations resulting from the work of the Commission on Student Life and Retention Task Force are included as strategic goals to further strengthen and extend student learning and leadership opportunities outside the classroom.

A fourth area of the Plan addresses stewardship of the college’s resources that address critical decisions for human resources, fiscal allocations, campus improvements and measures to be more carbon-neutral.

The Board also voted to approve a $55.5-million operating budget for FY10. This represents a 2 percent reduction for FY09.