Tulane Community Invited To Strategic Intent Forums

September 1, 1997

Nick Marinello

The ongoing process to draft a strategic intent for Tulane, entitled "Designing for the Future," will be coming to a community forum near you. Throughout the week of Oct. 6, a series of sessions will be held on the uptown campus to involve faculty and staff in developing plans that will guide the course of Tulane.

"The forums will be conducted in order for people to provide their ideas on how we can achieve further preeminence at Tulane," said Martha Gilliland, provost and leader of the Strategic Intent Design Group. "We had a series of forums in March and June, and we used that input and took our best shot at what key themes should be emphasized to make Tulane a model institution for higher education in the 21st century."

Those themes are outlined in the latest version of the strategic intent statement: "Tulane University is the model for higher education through the full integration of international, national and local research, learning and practice."

1) Tulane is a learning community. Students who graduate from Tulane and the people who work here are intellectually alive people who continue to excel in life. They make an important contribution to their families, their communities, their work and society. They provide bold leadership that brings about new levels of accomplishment in their chosen arenas."

2) Tulane provides extraordinary international opportunities. Tulane students, faculty and staff practice global thinking, are engaged in cross-cultural experiences and are competent in international issues."

3) The Tulane community is committed to urban citizenship. Tulane students, faculty and staff practice urban citizenship as a partner with the New Orleans community for the health and vitality of the region and as a model for other communities."

4) Tulane generates and supports interdisciplinary activity. Tulane provides exemplary interdisciplinary environments for faculty, students and staff in which to learn and create. "We create the context for these accomplishments by living our core values of community, excellence, academic freedom, integrity, mutual respect and social responsibility."

According to Gilliland, each two-hour forum will include a briefing on background information related to the planning process but largely will be devoted to hearing faculty and staff comments and suggestions.

"The forums will be focused on how people can see themselves in the kind of future that is being planned for Tulane," said Gilliland. "We will ask questions like, 'What will Tulane be like if we do these things?' 'How is this consistent with your vision?' and 'What needs to be changed to make this happen?'"

Faculty and staff will receive information on the strategic intent process, as well as invitations to the forums, through campus mail in late September. Plans are also under way to create a "Designing for the Future" Web site. Gilliland expects the forums to continue on a daily basis for approximately five weeks.

"This will be an intensive period of dialogue," she said. During that period, the Strategic Intent Design Group will seek out faculty and staff who want to participate further in additional forums. "We want the forums to generate volunteers who will receive training and then be involved in subsequent forums," said Gilliland.

At the same time, the university will launch a first round of "breakthrough projects." While the specific projects were not announced at press time, Gilliland said that a project that probably would be implemented is one to renovate a number of classrooms around campus. According to Gilliland, future breakthrough projects will be largely generated by suggestions received during the forums.

Gilliland said the plan coordinates well with the existing strategic direction for the downtown campus and that "this overall university direction will further influence that downtown strategic plan."

Members of the Strategic Intent Design Group include: Ann Anderson, senior associate dean, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine Paul Barron, professor of law William Bertrand, vice president of institutional planning, research and innovation Anthony Cummings, dean, Tulane College Elaine Dares, executive assistant to the provost Suzanne England, dean, School of Social Work Carla Fishman, director of technology development Edward Foulks, associate dean, School of Medicine Don Gatzke, dean, School of Architecture Martha Gilliland, provost Valerie Greenberg, acting dean, Newcomb College Yvette Jones, vice president, finance and operations Amy Koritz, professor of English Philip Leinbach, university librarian Hugh Lester, professor of theater and dance Anthony Lorino, senior vice president, finance and operations Richard Marksbury, dean, University College Ronald Mason, senior vice president and general counsel Julie Nice, associate vice president, institutional advancement Kay Orrill, assistant dean, Graduate School Robert Robins, deputy provost Teresa Soufas, acting dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences Martha Sullivan, vice president of student affairs William Van Buskirk, dean, School of Engineering Keith Werhan, professor of law (representing Edward Sherman, dean, School of Law) Julie Walker, vice president, institutional advancement Richard Whiteside, dean, undergraduate admission and enrollment management

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