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Strategic Planning Process: Timeline and Progress To-date

The College of Education’s strategic planning process began in Spring 2022 after NC State finalized the Wolfpack 2030 strategic plan. The college anticipates finalizing its plan in Spring 2023 following numerous opportunities for faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders to have input and provide feedback.

Progress To-date

Below are details about the steps the College of Education has taken to develop a new strategic plan aligned with Wolfpack 2030: Powering the Extraordinary. The information is updated through Nov. 17, 2022. 

The College of Education’s strategic planning process began in Spring 2022 after NC State released Wolfpack 2030: Powering the Extraordinary. Units across the college completed Strategic Self-assessments to identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats related to their work and the university’s strategic goals. The Strategic Self-assessments were consolidated into a document that the Deans’ Cabinet presented and shared during an All-College Meeting in April 2022. At that time, in small groups, faculty and staff reviewed the self-assessments generated within college units and identified the top five priority strengths and top five priority opportunities for each university strategic goal. Following the meeting, all faculty and staff had the chance to provide additional comments and feedback on the top five strengths and opportunities identified. 

The College of Education hired Emergent Method, a consultant, to assist the college with its next phase of the strategic planning process. The consultant was given the materials related to the Strategic Self-Assessments and held a kickoff meeting with the College of Education’s Leadership Team to finalize the scope of their work and outline the process.  

In Summer 2022, the college formed a Strategic Planning Steering Committee made up of representatives from across the College of Education. This group meets with Emergent Method on a biweekly basis to review progress to date and provide feedback.

Throughout Fall 2022, Emergent Method completed an in-depth desk research review of documents provided by the College of Education, including, but not limited to: 

  • Detailed organization charts for college faculty and staff 
  • Personnel allocation across relevant departments and offices, including recent staff attrition and workforce succession planning data 
  • Annual budgets (last three fiscal years, if available) 
  • Recent research-related data for the college, including grants submitted, grants funded, grants not funded, and or relevant research-related datapoints 
  • Recent partnership data for the college, including list of previous and current partnerships 
  • Recent trends in student enrollment and relevant demographic data 
  • Example research studies or reports produced by college research centers and/or faculty 
  • Current college and department or program-specific curricula 
  • Peer or aspirant universities and/or colleges to further investigate via benchmarking research 
  • Recent staff and faculty surveys and any other survey reports such as those reflecting the results of climate surveys, graduating senior surveys, alumni surveys, and employee engagement surveys 
  • The instrument and feedback gathered through the self-assessment

Throughout Fall 2022, Emergent Method has conducted surveys and interviews with faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders to receive direct feedback.

WhatResponses/Attendees
Student Survey214
Faculty/staff Survey105
Internal and external interviews31
Graduate student focus group14
Undergraduate student focus group2
Faculty focus group1
Staff focus group4

In January 2023, Emergent Method will hold a strategic planning retreat with the college’s  Strategic Planning Steering Committee and members of the College of Education’s Leadership Team. Following the strategic planning retreat, Emergent Method and members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will provide an update and engage all faculty and staff during the College of Education All-College Meeting on Jan. 27, 2023. Afterward, Emergent Method will develop a draft strategic plan for the college that aligns with the Wolfpack 2030 strategic plan and presents a cohesive framework with corresponding priorities, goals, strategies, resource needs, and success metrics. The Strategic Planning Steering Committee will review the draft. Emergent Method will modify the strategic plan based on the feedback. The revised draft will be shared with the college community, and Emergent Method will hold listening sessions to receive feedback from the broader community. Based on that feedback, Emergent Method will develop a revised plan for review and approval in late Spring 2023.

Strategic Planning Timeline

WhenWhat
Spring 2022College of Education units complete strategic self-assessments, identifying strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats related to NC State’s strategic goals
April 1, 2022College of Education faculty and staff review strategic self-assessments and identify top five strengths and opportunities of each
Summer 2022College of Education hires Emergent Method to assist in strategic planning process
July 2022Emergent Method works with College of Education Leadership Team to identify Strategic Planning Steering Committee and scope of project
July-August 2022Emergent Method collects data from College of Education and begins meeting with Strategic Planning Steering Committee on biweekly basis
August-October 2022Emergent Method conducts surveys and interviews with College of Education faculty, staff, students and external stakeholders
November-December 2022Emergent Method conducts focus groups with College of Education faculty, staff, and students
January 2023Strategic Planning Steering Committee and members of the College of Education’s Leadership Team participate in a Strategic Planning Retreat
January 27, 2023Emergent Method provides a progress update, including broad themes from research and the Strategic Planning Retreat, at an All-College Meeting
February-March 2023Emergent Method develops a draft 10-year strategic plan that aligns with Wolfpack 2030, presents the draft for the Strategic Planning Steering Committee for review and feedback, and holds listening sessions with faculty, staff, and students to solicit feedback
March-April 2023Emergent Method revises the draft strategic plan based on feedback and develops a revised plan for review and approval
April-May 2023Strategic plan finalized