The Working Strategic Plan – Approval Phase
The Working Strategic Plan is now available for Otis Community review. Community members are invited to submit any proposals for amendment no later than November 26, 2014, via a Community Forum (public) site, an e-mail (private), or an Interactive Form (anonymous).
The WSP has been endorsed by the Educational Planning Committee of the Board of Trustees and received its First Reading by the Academic Assembly. The final approval steps are review by the Board of Trustees on November 20, a Second Reading and Vote by Academic Assembly on December 3, and a Vote by the Board of Trustees December 4-5.
2014-19 Strategic Planning
In 2018, Otis will celebrate 100 years of excellence in art and design education. During the 2013-14 academic year, the College embarked on a year-long, highly participatory process to create a new Strategic Plan, which will guide the College through the Otis Centennial Celebration and beyond, from Fall 2014 through Spring 2019.
The Strategic Plan for 2014-19 will serve as a follow-up to the successful 2010-13 Strategic Bridge Plan (SBP), which was designed to focus attention on a group of top College priorities within a brief three-year timeframe. The 2014-19 Strategic Plan will include ongoing objectives launched from the SBP—including faculty and student workload, multi-year faculty and staff compensation plans, assessment of the new Institutional Learning Outcomes, and others—as well as new areas of strategic importance, to be developed by the entire Otis Community.
The strategic planning process has already engaged a wide range of Otis stakeholders, including internal constituencies (faculty, staff, and students) and external constituencies (Otis trustees and governors, alumni, key industry leaders). Most planning work has been, and will continue to be, incorporated into existing committees and working groups so that campus members can be engaged widely and organically.
The strategic planning effort was launched in early Fall 2013 and then continued through early Spring 2014, when it was temporarily put on hold while the College attended to the departure of the president. The planning effort was renewed in Summer 2014, with the goal of completing a five-year Working Strategic Plan by the end of Fall 2014, in accordance with the original timeline. Once a new president is on board, he or she will have the opportunity to continue the planning process and develop a finalized Strategic Plan, to be submitted for Board approval sometime in 2015-16. This solution will allow the College to be guided by a plan during the interim leadership period, while giving the new president a chance to shape the final result. It will also enable Otis to satisfy accreditation requirements.
The strategic planning process has five phases:
Phase 1: Setting the Stage
President Samuel Hoi set the stage for the strategic planning process in a State of the College Address on August 21, 2013, at a convening of all faculty and staff. He provided a holistic definition of Otis success and laid out seven Strategic Pathways for Otis’ next phase of development. The seven Strategic Pathways are interrelated and interdependent. Each one drives the others, and together they lead to the mission-centric, externally recognized, and sustainable college that we envision.
A Guide for Strategic Planning
To help the campus community prepare for meaningful participation in the strategic planning process, a planning guide entitled "Mapping the Future: The Otis Centennial and Beyond" has been developed and widely distributed. It provides succinct descriptions of the seven Strategic Pathways.
Phase 2: Kick-Off
Faculty and staff convened on November 14th and 20th, 2013, to launch planning efforts through open discussion of the strategic pathways and brainstorming exercises that provided input for the plan.