Strategic Planning

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We have begun work on the development of a five-year strategic plan and long-term vision for Wellesley.

Strategic planning will allow us to consider all of our strengths and how they intersect to create a stronger Wellesley. Decisions made by one division within the College either impact or are impacted by other departments, not to mention the larger world. Through more comprehensive planning, we will set an overall vision and coordinate strategies that allow us to make better-informed decisions regarding our future, enabling the allocation of precious resources in ways that will have the greatest impact.

We look to address the following questions, which will be will be refined through community engagement:

  • How do we fully realize our mission to provide an excellent liberal arts education to women who will make a difference in the world?
  • How do we create an experience for students that instills a greater sense of belonging and connection and prepares them for a rapidly changing world?
  • How do we elevate our role as a leader and advocate for women’s education and empowerment in the U.S. and globally?
  • How does our organization, culture and governance need to evolve to achieve the “Wellesley of the future” we envision?


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Steering Committee




  • July–August 2019

    Introduce process and establish Steering Committee

  • September–October 2019

    Steering Committee will engage community to develop strategic priorities and establish working groups* for each

  • October–December 2019

    Working groups convene to discuss priority areas, gather data, and engage the community. At the end of December working groups share initial findings

  • January–April 2020

    Working groups begin to develop recommendations to test with the community. Working groups share draft recommendations with Steering Committee in March

  • April 2020

    Working groups deliver reports and final recommendations to the Steering Committee, which then integrates the reports into a draft plan

  • May 2020

    Steering Committee shares draft plan with the board and the community

  • June–July 2020

    Steering Committee further develops draft Strategic Plan based on feedback from the Board; shares draft plan with the community for feedback

  • August–September 2020

    Steering Committee incorporates feedback from community into revised Strategic Plan

*Working groups will include faculty, staff and students