Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona is beginning its strategic planning process under the direction of Nancy Pollock-Ellwand, Ph.D., the new dean of the college. The process intends to be inclusive, asking for stakeholders at all levels to participate in a number of different activities. 

The process officially began with a "Dean's Breakfast Meeting" held on Tuesday, November 7 for all faculty and staff of the college. A copy of the presentation from the meeting can be found here. One initiative that came out of the meeting will be the formation of an ad hoc advisory group, Strategic Planning and Operations Advisory Committee (SPOAC). The goal of SPOAC will be to develop active and healthy shared governance processes at CAPLA during and after strategic planning. The draft charger of the committee can be found here

The week of November 13 the third party firm assisting the college with the strategic plan, Strategic Focus Associates, will be on campus to guide focus groups for student, faculty and staff constituencies; help with the deployment of a Conversation Gallery and lead student volunteers through the collection of random responses through electronic media. Additionally, electronic surveys to students, faculty, staff, alumni, practitioners, community leaders and UA campus leadership will be distributed. Strategic Focus Associates will then analyze the data and provide a Data Reflection Document in mid-December.

CAPLA faculty and staff will begin the Spring 2018 semester with a Workshop and Strategic Planning Framing Meeting on January 8, 2018. The SPOAC will then begin its meetings with the framework for the strategic plan in place. 

Two strategic plan update meetings are scheduled for the Spring 2018 semester, one in mid-March as an update to CAPLA constituents on how the process is progressing and one at the beginning of May at the final stages of the process. It is at that meeting that the SPOAC will ask for final comments before the final publication of the plan during summer 2018.

Please find a draft process and timeline below. Note, this is the draft process and timeline as of the Dean's Breakfast Meeting on November 7, 2017.

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