Approaching its 125-year anniversary, the Board of Trustees of a small liberal arts college made the decision to undertake a significant strategic planning and change project. With increased competition for enrollment, unsustainable tuition discounting practices, and the need to maintain investments in key academic programs and infrastructure, the college’s leadership and Board realized this project would be pivotal to the future of the institution.
Development of a comprehensive strategic plan that called for a fundamental transformation of the curriculum, increased investments in student support with an eye on retention, and identification of strategies focused on realigning the college’s cost structure.
Over the course of several months, Cambridge Hill Partners conducted town halls, focus groups, and interviews with members of all constituent groups, gathered and synthesized internal operational data, and documented external trend and best practices information. The results of this phase were compiled into an interim briefing document that was used to drive a two-day strategy session, led by Cambridge Hill, followed by a short series of strategic planning committee follow-up meetings. We worked with the strategic planning committee to develop a roadmap for implementation that included goals, sequenced actions, and metrics.