How we created our plan
This strategic plan has been built through the words and wisdom of those who work and learn at the School of Arts & Sciences.
The creation of this plan began in spring 2021 and engaged the entire A&S community—faculty, staff, students, alumni and external community members—through a series of focus groups, surveys, town hall meetings, and individual stakeholder interviews.
Leadership included a 12-person steering committee and four working groups composed of Arts & Sciences faculty and staff.
A 2020 survey of faculty, "Evaluating Faculty Excellence," produced a detailed report on research capabilities, and this served as a basis for the work of the steering committee. Departmental SWOT analyses and strategic plans were reviewed when available. In addition, an extensive landscape analysis and data assessment were conducted An external partner, the Huron Consulting Group, assisted in outlining our five-phased approach as well as in research and analysis.
After launch, the implementation of the strategic plan will include opportunities for ongoing engagement, feedback, and submission of proposals for new initiatives. This is a living document, and as we navigate the next decade together, the strategic plan will continue to integrate, reflect, and respond to the needs and desires of the entire Arts & Sciences community at Washington University in St. Louis.