2015-2016 Strategic Planning

Letter from the Dean of Emory College

December 17, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

As we close out fall semester, I want to provide a brief update on the status of the strategic planning process thus far. I should also note how much I appreciate the time, attention and engagement of the members of the strategic planning working groups, along with the many other members of the College faculty who have participated in this vital planning process. I am strongly encouraged that we will deliver a final strategic plan by the end of the year that will articulate a clear, ambitious path forward for the College.

The four faculty working groups delivered their reports on guiding principles and goals earlier this month to the Faculty Senate. These reports have now been revised in response to the feedback they received through the Faculty Senate and from colleagues via email. The most recent versions of each have been posted to the Strategic Planning website. (Note that you will need to provide your username and passcode to access the reports).

Our strategic plan, as I’ve stated before, should be a forceful statement of our ambitions for the College, along with a clear sense of what we will need to do to achieve our aspirations. As we all take a much-needed break the next few weeks, I encourage you all to take some time to reflect on these stated principles and goals as well as next steps.

When we return in January, the next significant phase of the strategic planning process will begin in earnest as we work to identify and prioritize the tactics and actions we need to take to fulfill our stated goals and principles. While there will be many opportunities to provide feedback in the spring, you are encouraged to email the working group co-chairs via the website at any time with your ideas for actions steps.

We will be seeking input both in person and in online forums across the Emory College community, including students, staff and alumni throughout spring semester. I look forward to this continued collaboration, and I wish you all the best for a peaceful and restful break.



Robin Forman
Dean of Emory College of Arts and Sciences
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics