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Strategic Plan Timeline

We’re excited about DePauw’s Bold & Gold 2027 Strategic Plan which is an extensive one with many priorities across our four overarching goals. Here, we outline some milestone priorities for the first 18-24 months.

Academic Renewal

Spring 2022

  • Rename the College of Liberal Arts as The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS)
  • Announce a new School of Business and Leadership (SBL) to be launched in Fall 2023
  • Announce initial new programs for SBL upon approval by faculty
  • Announce The Creative School to launch Fall 2024
  • Interim dean for School of Music appointed to help transition to new school

Summer 2022

  • Targeted direct marketing of new SBL and programs begins
  • Dean search for SBL begins
  • Dean search The Creative School begins
  • Course development grants awarded to faculty for courses related to new academic programs

Fall 2022

  • Faculty approval of initial new majors/minors for The Creative School
  • CLAS new general education requirements approved by faculty
  • New faculty searches launch for new programs
  • Identify and create a “maker space” for the new The Creative School

Spring 2023

  • Announcement of new deans for SBL and The Creative School
  • New faculty searches for new programs to conclude

Fall 2023

  • New School of Business and Leadership launches
  • New general education program goes into place, pending faculty approval

Fall 2024

  • Launch of The Creative School centered on creativity, music, media and the arts.

Exemplary Student Experience

Spring 2022

  • Announce new Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Select an outside consultant to assess and begin a comprehensive review of the overall residential experience
  • Begin collecting and inventorying current fraternity and sorority life policies, practices and structures; continue collaboration with the Greek Strategic Initiatives Board in establishing an exemplary Greek life model
  • Gather feedback from alumni and students to help identify aspects of the Greek experience that should be maintained or changed

Fall 2022

  • Complete comprehensive review of residential experience (housing, residential living/learning and student engagement in all university owned and Greek houses, apartments, residence halls)
  • Form committee to identify priorities and values for inclusive, equitable, values-centered fraternity and sorority life model

Spring 2023

  • Submit recommendations from residential experience review
  • Gather and evaluate feedback from students and alumni for establishing new fraternity and sorority life model

Summer 2023

  • Recommend robust and inclusive residential programming model to engage and benefit all students

Institutional Equity

Spring 2022

  • Search under way for new Vice President of Institutional Equity (VPIE)
  • Announce new VPIE
  • Self assessment begins

Summer 2022

  • VPIE onboarded

Fall 2022

  • Program and initiative assessment begins
  • Initial Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) determined for plan priorities
  • Develop framework for support for institutional equity goal

Spring 2023

  • Develop plan for DEI initiatives, assessment and outcomes

Flourishing University

Spring 2022

  • Announce new Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Begin assessment of university compensation and benefits

Summer 2022

  • Launch new Staff Council model 
  • Benchmark “live where you work” programs at peer institutions
  • Develop key performance indicators (KPIs) for plan priorities

Fall 2022

  • Assess DePauw's current workforce to determine gaps
  • Evaluate "live where you work" research to determine viability
  • Determine in-residence or on-campus living space priorities

Spring 2023

  • Recommend equitable and competitive compensation system 
  • Develop employee community engagement recognition programs
  • Fill critical workforce gaps through a training, hiring and outsourcing plan 
  • Create a phased solution for employee in-residence/on-campus housing
  • Evaluate building usage plan to optimize physical facilities

Summer 2023

  • Begin implementation of approved rewards and compensation systems
  • Partner with the Putnam County to create civic pathways for DePauw employees
  • Leverage technology to enhance productivity, eliminate unnecessary work
  • Explore shared services models of campus and peers business processing systems

Fall 2023

  • Identify new training and professional development opportunities for employees
  • Assess current and emerging regional alumni markets to enhance alumni engagement
  • Build a case for support and perform a feasibility study for the next long-range capital campaign

Spring 2023

  • Design a portal to support enhanced volunteer interactions across campus