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Since 2018, President Deanne H. Emilio, JD, the Steering Committee, and University faculty and staff have been hard at work brainstorming, planning, and executing Gwynedd Mercy University’s new Strategic Plan.
The Strategic Plan serves as a five-year roadmap for the University, detailing how it will adapt to the constantly shifting higher education landscape. Amidst exciting projects and opportunities, such as the purchase of the new East Campus, the plan will also keep the University’s goals and growth in line with our mission and values.
Planning kicked off in March 2018 with a GMercyU Community Day, an afternoon that brought the campus community together to submit their thoughts and ideas of where they saw the University heading in five years. The activity was led by CREDO, an organization that specializes in strategic planning for higher education institutions. CREDO will be our partner through the Strategic Planning process and implementation. Using the feedback, ideas, and views gathered from the University community, CREDO helped us develop a Strategy Map — a visual representation of our institution’s strategy to achieve our goals:
The map details the four themes at the core of the Strategic Plan: Distinctive Teaching and Learning; Transformative Student Experience; Empowered Community; and Compelling Brand. Each pillar houses various objectives and initiatives specific to that theme:
VISION STATEMENT: “A university of first choice that unleashes your potential to meet the next great need.”
In August 2018, volunteers from across campus began working on Theme Teams, created to start developing individual initiatives within each of the four themes. All four Theme Teams consisted of approximately 60 members of the University community who gathered during the months of August and September for a total of four two-hour meetings. Based on the work of the Theme Teams, the Strategic Plan draft was completed in October 2018.
Once the draft of the plan was in place, President D’Emilio hosted a Community Affirmation of the Strategic Plan that November where faculty and staff could offer their feedback before it was submitted to the Board of Trustees for approval. On December 5, 2018, the Strategic Plan was enthusiastically approved by our Board of Trustees, and we excitedly prepared for its implementation in January 2019.
For GMercyU, 2019 was a year of forward momentum. New Implementation Teams were assigned to tackle many of the initiatives in the Strategic Plan. For example, one of the initiatives, “More Engaging Website” was tasked with redesigning the GMercyU homepage to be more user-friendly and responsive. In September 2019, the new homepage went live at gmercyu.edu, featuring new video content, updates on news and events, and offering a whole new experience for users. There are so many more exciting and innovative updates on the way, thanks to the work of other Implementation Teams.
As the implementation of the Strategic Plan continues throughout 2020 and beyond, we remain enthusiastic and optimistic about the future of Gwynedd Mercy University and are excited to continue sharing additional updates as they happen.
Download a copy of the Strategic Plan (PDF).