Strategic Planning

O'Neill School Strategic Plan

Finalized plan

The Strategic Planning Committee finalized our long-awaited strategic plan, Stewarding Social Betterment and Environmental Sustainability, in 2021. Almost a year in the making, this document will guide the O’Neill School over the next five years as we continue to pursue excellence in our work.

Our goal was to examine where we are as a school and where we want to go through 2027, as we lean into the changing face of higher education, a changing workplace, and changing demands for our students—ensuring that we have robust roadmap to remain a top school. A separate implementation plan will be developed early in 2022 to help us make day to day changes to achieve the plan goals over the next five years.

The final strategic plan includes five key pillars that will support the initiatives of our faculty, staff, and students alike. These five areas—comprising research, education, diversity, community, and investment—are the waypoints we’ll use as we enter the school’s sixth decade.

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Why strategic planning? Why now?

A note from Dean Mooney

We began our strategic planning in the fall of 2020 with the help of an outside consultant, AKA|Strategy. Although we all had a lot going on, it’s vitally important to define our priorities for the future. Higher education is in transition and many schools are looking for new opportunities and new ways to bring relevance to their work. Strategic planning will give us the opportunity to be deliberate in our own thinking about new opportunities and if necessary a re-imagining of our operations.  A new strategic plan will help us to prioritize investments so we emerge from this pandemic with purpose and forward momentum—as a thought leader and not a follower—leading from a position of strength.

Remember that a strategic plan is a living document—if there are unforeseen external or internal forces that significantly change the landscape in which we operate, we have the opportunity to revisit and adjust our approach or goals.

Why use a consulting firm?

  1. Frees intellect: It allows all of us to focus on ideas, rather than running the process. 
  2. Brings new perspective: An experienced third party has been involved in many plans and I hope they will help to push us as well as guide us.
  3. Time: Colleagues that ran aspects of the last plan strongly recommended using a consultant when they remembered the commitment of time and organization that was needed for the last plan. We are all feeling stretched at this time and this arrangement will help to alleviate stress.

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If you have any additional comments you’d like to share with the consultants, please email one of the co-chairs, a member of the committee, or the consultants directly.

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