STRATEGIC PLANNING

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STRATEGIC PLANNING

Peirce College has begun a collaborative strategic planning process to set the direction of the new Peirce era.

Involving all aspects and constituents of the College, Peirce is embarking on the development of a three-to-five-year strategic plan. With the support of the Board of Trustees and President James J. Mergiotti, the strategic planning process will create the new era of Peirce. Stevens Strategy, a consulting firm specializing in managing the process of strategic change at educational institutions, will facilitate this process that will integrate with the College's current Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self-study.

The planning process will occur in five phases, with approval by the Board of Trustees anticipated in Spring 2010. Implementation will extend into the Fall 2010.

To learn more about the five phases and Stevens Strategy, click here »

To read the approved strategic plan, click here »

Peirce College is a private, four-year, specialized institution providing practical, high-quality degree programs to primarily working adult learners.

  Begin End
Phase 1 July 6, 2009 October 5, 2009
Phase 2 October 8, 2009 January 27, 2010
Phase 3 January 29, 2010 April 9, 2010
Phase 4 April, 2010 May/June, 2010
Phase 5 June/July, 2010 Next three to five years

Please check back regularly for strategic planning process updates.

4/9/2010
Process Update:V

2/05/2010
Process Update: IV

12/09/2009
Process Update: III

9/23/2009
Process Update: II

9/4/2009
Process Update: I

As previously reported, we began a collaborative strategic planning process on July 6th to set the direction for the new era at Peirce. Stevens Strategy, a consulting firm, is facilitating the development of the plan which involves all aspects of the College Community including employees, students, alumni, and trustees. External constituencies, such as employers, feeder schools, and key vendors are also participating. The working group structure currently in place for the Middle States (MSA) Self Study is being used to analyze the strategic issues in preparation for the plan's development. The MSA Self Study Steering Committee, along with other members of the extended community, is providing oversight for strategic planning. Amy Caliendo is the institution's Strategic Planning Coordinator.

The planning process will occur in five phases. It is anticipated that the plan will be approved by the Board of Trustees this coming spring. Implementation planning will extend into the fall 2010.

The process has reached the final stages of Phase I and, to date, has proceeded very smoothly. The consultants report that there is a very high level of positive energy on campus and enthusiasm about both the present situation and prospects for the future of Peirce College. During the month of July, Stevens Strategy consultants completed interviews with approximately 85 members of the college community. Interviewees included trustees, college leadership and staff, full-time and adjunct faculty, students, alumni, and external stakeholders. During these interviews, 198 strategic issues were collected, which will be the foundation for discussion at the upcoming Stakeholders Conference (see details below).

Work Group Training
On Thursday, August 20th, a half day training session was held on campus with all members of the MSA/Strategic Planning working groups. This training was designed to ready the work groups to organize and prepare for the research, reporting and writing needs that will be required during Phase 2 (October - January). The training, originally scheduled for October, was moved to August to accommodate the work that is being done during the summer on the MSA Self Study.

Fact Book
With the assistance of many knowledgeable managers on campus, a Fact Book is being developed for use as a resource at the Stakeholder's Conference and as a tool for the working groups during Phase 2. It will include historical information about Peirce College; an external environmental scan of the economy, higher education, social and legal trends; and an internal scan of institutional characteristics and strategic indicators.

Stakeholder's Conference
The Stakeholder's Conference will be held on campus September 21st. 53 attendees are expected, who will represent all areas of the College Community and external constituencies. The primary outcome of the conference will be to gain consensus on the major strategic issue categories (the big institutional issues) that will be crafted into charges for work groups to address during Phase 2.

Market Survey
Stevens Strategy is working with the College to develop a market survey, which is intended to provide useful market data for decision-making throughout the planning process. Survey development is well under way; the survey instrument, which will be administered via email, is nearly complete; lists of potential respondents are being finalized; and the administration of the survey will begin this month. Survey distribution will begin September 21. Results with analysis will be available the last week of October.

Process Timeframe Overview

  Begin End
Phase 1 July 6, 2009 October 5, 2009
Phase 2 October 8, 2009 January 27, 2010
Phase 3 January 29, 2010 April 9, 2010
Phase 4 April, 2010 May/June, 2010
Phase 5 June/July, 2010 Next three to five years

7/16/09

On July 6th we began a collaborative strategic planning process to set the direction for the new era at Peirce. Stevens Strategy, a consulting firm, has been employed to facilitate the development of the plan which will involve all aspects of the College community including employees, students, alumni and trustees. External constituencies, such as employers, feeder schools and regulators, will also be invited to participate. The working group structure currently in place for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Self Study will be used to analyze the strategic issues in preparation for the plan's development. The Middle States Self Study Steering Committee, along with other members of the extended community, will provide oversight for strategic planning. Amy Caliendo will be the institution's Strategic Planning Coordinator.

The planning process will occur in five phases. It is anticipated that the plan will be approved by the Board of Trustees this coming spring. Implementation planning will extend into Fall 2010.

This webpage has been developed to keep interested parties informed throughout the process. There will also be four open campus meetings, which will provide opportunities for face-to-face discussion on the issues during the plan's development.

Your feedback is essential to the strategic planning process. Please email any comments, questions or ideas to James J. Mergiotti, president and chief executive officer, at president@peirce.edu.