On Campus / Summer 2008

Strategic Plan Adopted by Board of Trustees

The strategic planning process that began more than one year ago has produced a final document that was approved by the Board of Trustees in May. This seminal document, which describes Mount Mercy’s strategic themes, goals and key performance indicators, will shepherd the institution as it strives to reach University status, and become a distinguished regional institution in the Catholic intellectual tradition and national leader in Mercy higher education.

Mount Mercy’s leadership team embarked on the strategic planning process in July 2007 with a two-day retreat facilitated by Performa Higher Education at its headquarters in North Carolina. The President’s Cabinet participated in
an environmental scan, working to identify and rank Mount Mercy’s strengths, external threats, internal gaps, and opportunities. Following this session Performa consultants traveled to Mount Mercy in August for the “Campus-wide Strategic Planning Kick-off.” Members of the campus community gathered in Hennessey Recreation Center to share their thoughts and to prioritize campus needs.

As a consultant through the strategic planning process, Performa has counseled Mount Mercy’s leadership to involve community constituents in the strategic planning process. In November the Board of Trustees participated in a planning session that included an introductory overview of the strategic planning process and the Board’s unique role in the process. Similarly, Performa surveyed other groups including alumni, church leaders, students and potential donors. These groups also took part in an environmental scan to determine threats and opportunities for the institution.

As a result of its meetings with various groups, Performa consultants drafted a strategic plan for members of the newly formed Strategic Planning Advisory Committee to discuss and revise. The committee, which includes faculty, staff, administrative leadership and students, was charged with honing Mount Mercy’s strategic plan and ensuring that the institution meets each of its planning objectives. The committee meets monthly and will continue to gather for the
next two years to ensure that the plan’s themes, goals and objectives are being adequately benchmarked and reviewed. Additionally, the committee sought feedback from faculty and staff regarding the strategic plan through an open forum session held in April.

“I have been pleased with the assistance and guidance that Performa and its consultants have given to the campus community as we seek to build upon our mission, vision and values,” says Blake.

“The themes and goals laid out in the plan for Mount Mercy are powerful and challenging reminders that we as a campus community must continue to strive for new heights. I am confident that ‘The Plan for Mount Mercy University’ will enable our institution to offer a vibrant teaching and learning environment that includes rich student experiences with a basis in the Catholic tradition.”

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The Plan for Mount Mercy University

By the year 2012 Mount Mercy College will be known as Mount Mercy University.
It will be a distinguished regional institution in the Catholic intellectual tradition
and a national leader within Mercy higher education. The strategic plan sets out
the steps to that accomplishment, and includes five themes of focus.

Theme #1: A Vibrant Teaching and Learning Environment
Theme #2: Student Experiences
Theme #3: Sustainable Institutional Resources
Theme #4: Visibility, Marketing and Outreach
Theme #5: Catholic Identity and Mercy Mission

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