More than 170 people with an interest in Meredith’s future participated in a visioning conference on January 27. The event brought together faculty, staff, student leaders, alumnae and community leaders to focus on what Meredith is doing well, what it could do more of and what new opportunities the College should explore.
President Jo Allen opened the event with an overview about Meredith. Then consultant Sarah Halley, senior associate with The Napier Group, led participants through several exercises meant to gather ideas about what Meredith should aspire to be, and how to build on the College’s strengths.
One exercise was asking each person to rate his or her level of agreeing with statements about directions Meredith’s future could take, such as an expanded offering of graduate programs, a continued emphasis on liberal arts and professional studies, or an increased focus on women’s leadership. Another asked groups to discuss more in depth questions about academics, student life, marketing and more.
Allen concluded the conference by summarizing the next steps in Meredith’s strategic planning process. These included soliciting more opinions from campus constituents, holding a visioning conference for students and announcing Goals and Objectives (GO) Teams that will help lead specific areas of strategic focus.
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