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Drafting the Plan

Develop a Preliminary Architecture of the Strategic Plan

It’s helpful to have a picture of what the eventual strategic plan will look like and how it will be organized.

A sample outline might look like this:

  1. Your current mission statement, if one exists, or just space for a new/revised mission statement that will be developed later.
  2. A very preliminary vision statement—perhaps nothing more than a few bullet points—that begin to sketch a picture of what the unit will look like when it successfully achieves its strategic goals.
  3. A set of values or principles that attempt to capture your unit’s culture—its ethos and the way in which it likes to “do business.” Often, these values capture ways of working that are not goals themselves but pervade everything the unit does.
  4. Four to six overarching strategic goals that address your priorities over the next three to five years.

Draft, Discuss, Revise

Jump-start the development of your strategic plan by placing relevant ideas that have come out of your discussions under each goal. These ideas might be as specific as potential strategies and initiatives for achieving the goal or as general as observations and findings that might have an impact on it.

Fairly distribute the responsibility of drafting the report by breaking your committee into subcommittees assigned to particular sections or specific goals. Each iterative draft should be discussed with the wider committee and return to the subcommittee for revision. Through iterations of drafting, discussion, and revision, you can create a full strategic plan without getting bogged down in wordsmithing.

The goal is to reach consensus on a “penultimate” draft of the strategic plan that can be shared widely among the Fordham community for feedback.

Seek Community Feedback

All members of the community should have an opportunity to review the draft plan and provide feedback if they choose to which can be posted online or distributed via email. Allow for both public feedback (via online comments or a unit-wide town-hall discussion) and private feedback (via email or online form).

To encourage cross-college/department communication and collaboration, you may also want to share the draft with other units as well as with the University’s senior leadership and possibly selected stakeholders outside of Fordham.

Also seek input from the CUSP committee and PAC on the draft plan, in particular, for its alignment with the University Strategic Framework.


Once there has been sufficient discussion, the strategic planning committee (SPC) should meet to discuss summaries of the feedback and identify final revisions to the strategic plan.