May 06, 2024

Strategic Planning and a Big Ideas Collaboration Tool

Dear Colleagues,

As the semester comes to close, thanks again to all who have been involved in strategic planning over the last eight months. Your feedback has been instrumental in shaping the process.

At the well-attended workshop with Fleming Puckett on April 18, the enthusiasm for Big Ideas was exciting to witness. We were encouraged by the progress already made on proposals, as well as the evidence of collaboration among and within our three schools. (Materials from Fleming’s presentations and proposal templates are available here.)

So, with a month to go before the Big Ideas deadline on May 31, we’ve created a collaboration tool for those who are making headway. We ask that you consider sharing a few simple elements of your proposal so that other faculty and staff may see where there’s overlap and/or opportunities for building something bigger and better. We’re simply looking to foster as much collaboration as possible.

If you’re already working on the proposal template, this shouldn’t require much extra effort: Please follow this link to a Google form that will automatically populate a spreadsheet open to those with an email address. (We’ve also added these links on the Big Ideas page.)

We’re eagerly looking forward to June 1 when we can start poring through proposals. Remember that what you submit on May 31 doesn’t need to be perfect: we expect to provide institutional support in the summer to the most promising ideas and to work together on further proposal development and refinement.

If you’re not working on a proposal, know that we’ll have more to share with you about strategic planning in September. Finishing the strategic plan and turning Big Ideas into reality will be a community-wide effort.

As always, please let your Executive Council representative know if you have any questions, or reach out to us at


Executive Council