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Strategic Planning


Posted on August 5, 2014 by Roy Ortman, strategic plan coordinator.

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Someone recently asked me, “You have something to do with the strategic plan, right? What is the strategic plan and why is it important?” Here’s my answer.

A strategic plan defines where an organization is going and why. It’s really important, because if you don’t know your destination, you’ll never get there. It also helps everyone understand how they fit into the common goals of the organization.

Delaware Valley College developed a strategic plan in 2009-10, and we’ve been using it as a guide ever since. The plan contains the Mission which is a statement of purpose, the Core Values that define what drives our community behavior, and the Vision that describes how we will accomplish our purpose. It also outlines 10 big strategic goals, such as Goal No.1 ensure academic standards of quality and excellence, and Goal No. 5 value and demonstrate inclusion and diversity. Finally, it outlines various supporting strategies and initiatives to reach the goals.

We’ve made great progress implementing the strategic plan since 2010, through a lot of hard work by faculty, staff, administrators and students. In fact, there have been more than 200 accomplishments and improvements, both big and small. Some major examples include:

·      A new experiential learning program, Experience360, which is positioned to be one of the Country’s leading programs

·      A new Life Sciences Building dedicated to teaching and learning

·      A dramatic improvement in the beauty and maintenance of the campus

·      Four new graduate programs bringing the total number to seven

·      An application to become a university 

·      A $50 million fundraising campaign that is anticipated to exceed its goal

The strategic plan is also a living document, the implementation priorities of which continuously adapt to changing times.

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Hi Saleana! Thank you for your questions. Our application for university status has been submitted and is currently being evaluated. As of right now, we do not have plans to build additional residence halls and we are planning to remain a Division III school.

Posted by Annmarie Ely on August 28, 2014.


I have a few questions.

1. What is the status on your application to become a university?

2. Is there a plan to build more dorms?

3. Are you planning on becoming Division II for football?

Posted by Saleana on August 25, 2014.

I agree with Roy Ortman, without planning we won’t be able to achieve our goals as individuals as well as organizations. For any type of work, one should have a strategy and by that he can complete his task. Thank you sharing your views!

Posted by xzeal global solutions on August 8, 2014.

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