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SJU Community Invited to Participate in Phase 1 of Strategic Planning Process

SJU Community Invited to Participate in Phase 1 of Strategic Planning Process

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2021

St. Jerome’s University (SJU) is about to embark on another significant turning point in its history. As part of its governance responsibilities, every five years the university goes through a strategic planning process to review and define its mission, values and goals; establish priorities as an institution; and map out how they will be achieved. As part of Phase 1’s consultative process, key stakeholders in the community are invited to register and participate in online focus group conversations taking place in the upcoming weeks.

The four phase Strategic Plan process is being overseen by a Steering Committee, comprised of stakeholders in the SJU community, including staff, faculty, contract academic staff, the Board of Governors, senior administration, and a facilitator from Sage Solutions. Phase 1 of the process focuses on an environmental scan and stakeholder engagement, gathering content that will help guide the creation of the university’s Strategic Plan goals and objectives.

Stakeholders, including the Board of Governors, Senate Council, the Students’ Union, students, alumni, faculty, and staff, are asked to register for one of the following dates to contribute to the conversation online:

                        Thursday, March 25, 2:30-4:30 p.m. - Register HERE
                        Monday, March 29, 10 a.m.-12 Noon - Register HERE
                        Thursday, April 1, 2-4 p.m. - Register HERE

A confirmation email will be sent to all registrants with the Zoom meeting details for their specific date/time. Additional materials will also be available for review in advance of the meeting to support participation in discussions.

“It is an exciting time to launch this process,” stated SJU’s President and Vice Chancellor, Peter Meehan. “We are in a time of disruption, uncertainty, and the need for enhanced flexibility to respond to a changing world, and more specifically, to a changing postsecondary environment. It is also a time to have confidence that the foundation of our university, the strength of our community, and the capacity of our collective knowledge and creative talent, will help us through this process of self-assessment and equip us to face the future and remain a leader in Catholic education. I know we are up to the challenge and encourage our community to join us as part of this important Phase 1 work.”   


Updates on the work of the St. Jerome's University Strategic Plan Steering Committee as it proceeds through the four-phase strategy to prepare the Strategic Plan (Phase 1 —Environmental Scan and Stakeholder Engagement; Phase 2 — Creating the Plan; Phase 3 — Strategy Validation and Refinement; culminating in a Phase 4 roll-out) will be available on the university’s website.  


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