During the October 2015 Board of Trustees meeting, President Clements provided an update on the 2020Forward Strategic plan and the administration presented the plan for college reorganization. The strategic plan was well-received, and official approval for reorganization was given.
The new colleges are:
In the coming weeks, we will ask for more feedback on the strategic plan and initiate many activities essential for reorganization. Every college on campus will be impacted by reorganization, even if the college name hasn’t changed. Reorganization teams are already in place and are diligently working and creating committees that will focus on the many details associated with such an important move.
The ultimate vision of Clemson’s 2020 Road Map was achieved in October 2014, when U.S.News & World Report ranked Clemson a Top 20 Public University as part of its annual guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” This is an especially impressive achievement in light of precipitous declines in state funding the past several years. Clemson reached this goal through its dynamic leadership, excellent faculty and staff, a strong central focus on undergraduate learning, and an internal “divest to invest” strategy that prioritized undergraduate learning and made small but highly strategic investments in attracting, retaining and rewarding talent. However, the limited availability of resources allowed for only modest investments in research, graduate studies and outreach.
President Clements has charged the institution to refocus the priorities within the 2020 Road Map, and as a reflection of this shift, the planning process will be called 2020Forward.
The initial 2020Forward comment period lasted two weeks, from Feb. 9-20, and was just the first of many opportunities to offer feedback on the direction of 2020Forward.
All three implementation reports — undergraduate learning, graduate learning and research — have been posted to this website (Clemson login required). Each lists the proposed vision, major implementation strategies and examples of potential metrics. In addition, your peers identified a small set of “overarching strategies” that are relevant to all three areas, and these are also available.
Provost Bob Jones and 2020Forward Co-Chairs Ellen Granberg and Brett Dalton answered questions and gave an update on where 2020Forward is headed during a March 24 Town Hall meeting. If you were unable to attend, you can watch a recording on ClemsonTV.
During Phase 2, the focus will be on deepening and developing the Phase I recommendations and producing an initial draft of the strategic plan. Feedback from Phase I as well as other data will be used to inform this process. In selected implementation areas, small taskforces comprising faculty, students and staff will provide additional guidance regarding implementation. Some of these Phase 2 committees have been announced and are beginning their work, and the final committees will be announced soon.
Provost Bob Jones and 2020Forward Co-Chairs Ellen Granberg and Brett Dalton took questions and gave an update on where 2020Forward is headed during a Town Hall meeting on June 16. Specifically, they discussed college re-organization and the 2020Forward Phase 2 reports. If you were unable to attend, you can view a recording of the event on ClemsonTV.
On July 18, 2015, the administration presented Clemson’s draft 2020Forward plan and the most strongly supported college organization model to the Clemson University Board of Trustees. The Board appreciated the logic of the strategic and college reorganization plans and offered tentative approval for both pending some further refinements. The Board understands that college reorganization can be quite challenging, and they encouraged continued work on determining a reorganization plan that will not only provide optimal academic structures, but also minimal impact on administrative costs.
As a next step, the Provost will appoint some small leadership teams to refine the plans for board review in October. With their final approval, we anticipate launch of the 2020Forward strategic plan January 1, 2016, and college reorganization July 1, 2016.
Ellen Granberg, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Sociology & Anthropology
Brett Dalton, Vice President, Finance and Operations
Provost Jones outlined Phase I of the 2020Forward plan at a town hall held in November 2014.
Three teams have been created to define three aspirational goals to supplement the existing 2020 Road Map goals:
Note: To view committee updates (as they are available), please visit the links above.
Phase I Milestones
State of the University and Town Hall: November 19, 2014
Committees Receive Charge: December 9, 2014
Phase I Deadline: February 1, 2015
In the second phase, different teams will be established to create an implementation plan, which include:
To successfully implement 2020Forward, Clemson’s leadership is seeking input from faculty, staff and students. All members of the university community are invited to read the provost’s charge and to offer feedback. You can post your comments below or email email@example.com. All comments and questions are welcome, but as you read the charge consider providing feedback on the following areas in particular: