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Community Memo 1.27.2017

February 06, 2017

Members of the MMC Community:

As the spring semester begins, we want to update you on the progress of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC). First, we have a number of new committee members who joined the group this January. Given the critical relationship between Institutional Strategic Planning and Enrollment Planning, it seemed wise to invite key members of the College involved in enrollment planning to join the committee. We were very happy that Maria DeInnocentiis (Assistant Vice President of Financial & Registration Services, and Executive Director of Center for Student Services), Jim Rogers (Dean of Admission), and Michael Salmon (Dean of Academic Advisement & Student Retention) accepted our invitation. They jumped right into the work this January and we are very happy to have their expertise at the table.

In addition, we have one new student member: Angela Lanaris (MMC class of 2018). Unfortunately, due to spring class conflicts Taylor Harris-Butler had to step off the committee. We thank her for all the work she did this fall and January, and welcome Angela to the committee.

This January the SPSC worked rigorously to review and synthesize all of your feedback on the emerging priorities list we circulated in December. We had two half-day retreats in early January, after which members were tasked with developing action plans around key items in order to assess their impact on budget, campus climate, student satisfaction, and enrollment. This week we reconvened to review those action plans, prioritize initiatives, and determine our next steps in drafting the plan. We made a great deal of progress this month and we want to thank every member of the committee for their tireless dedication and effort.

We are currently writing the first draft of the 2017-2021 Strategic Plan and will circulate that document to the entire community no later than Monday, February 6th. This will be a preliminary draft and we invite your feedback at this critical stage. To facilitate that, we are holding two community conversations to give you opportunities to share your feedback and hear from others. These community conversations are scheduled for Tuesday, February 7th from 1:00-2:20pm and Thursday, February 9th from 5:00-6:00pm. Both will be held in the Regina Peruggi Room. Full-time faculty members will also have the chance to discuss the draft and offer the committee feedback at the Faculty Council meeting scheduled for Monday, February 13th. We will provide anonymous ways to offer feedback at each of these meetings. You should also feel free to email your comments to any member of the SPSC. The full committee membership is listed below.

As always, we look forward to hearing your feedback and integrating it into the next draft of the plan, which we will circulate in early March. We will then circulate the final plan in early April. You can always look at the SPSC webpage to review this timeline and see other information related to our work (including pictures): https://www.mmm.edu/strategic-planning/

We hope you each have a good start to the spring semester. All our best.

Katie and Jill

Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC)

Katie LeBesco, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs/Dean of the Faculty (Co-Chair)

Jill Stevenson, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and President of the Faculty Council (Co-Chair)

Ann Aguanno, Professor of Biology

Jennifer Brown, Associate Professor of English and World Literatures and Chair of the English and World Literatures Department

Maria DeInnocentiis, Assistant Vice President of Financial & Registration Services, and Executive Director of Center for Student Services

Alexis Garcia, MMC class of 2018

Christine Gregory, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives, Diversity, and Title IX

Taylor Harris-Butler, MMC class of 2018

Andreas Hernandez, Assistant Professor and Chair, Department of International Studies

Ann Jablon, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Carol Jackson, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Angela Lanaris, MMC class of 2018

Nancy Lushington, Assistant Professor of Dance

Jim Rogers, Dean of Admission

Michael G. Salmon, Dean of Academic Advisement & Student Retention

Richard Sheldon, Assistant Vice President for Academic Administration

Erica Stein, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Arts

Diana Zambrotta, Director of Auxiliary and Real Estate Services

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