Strategic Plan update

August of 2011 marked the one-year point for the planning process of Hampden-Sydney’s next strategic plan. The process began last fall at the pre-term faculty workshop with a presentation from Charlie Bryan and Dan Jordan of Bryan & Jordan Consulting.

The 2010-2011 academic year was spent gathering research data and evaluating feedback from various constituencies of the College. These findings resulted in a draft strategic plan which was presented to and approved by the Board of Trustees at the Spring 2011 meeting. The vision statement for the plan is “To become a model liberal arts college recognized for excellence in educating men for the twenty-first century.”

This summer the 41 members of the Strategic Planning Feasibility Study Team have been evaluating what it will take to make the five large goals presented in the plan a reality over the course of the next five years. That research will inform the final stages of the planning process, and will be condensed into the final strategic plan and presented for approval to the Board of Trustees at their November 2011 board meeting.

The five large goals of the plan each include from five to 26 sub-goals to explain how these larger goals will be achieved:

  1. Graduate capable, confident men who are committed to serving with honor and character—Good Men and Good Citizens
  2. Achieve an environment for the education of men that is recognized for excellence in learning, teaching, living, and working
  3. Build and retain a more diverse, civil, and engaged College community
  4. Market the College to select national and international audiences for awareness,
    student recruiting, and fund raising
  5. Assure the financial sustainability of the College.

The new strategic plan will primarily guide the College for the next five years but will also consider where Hampden-Sydney College should position itself as it approaches its 250th Anniversary in 2025-26.

This effort is being underwritten by a $55,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.