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Furman University launches 5-year strategic plan — here’s the focus

GSA Biz Wire //May 14, 2024//

Furman University has launched a strategic plan with focus on innovation, community, sustainability. “FUture Focused” strategic plan will guide Furman, faculty and staff through 2029. (Photo/Furman University)

Furman University has launched a strategic plan with focus on innovation, community, sustainability. “FUture Focused” strategic plan will guide Furman, faculty and staff through 2029. (Photo/Furman University)

Furman University has launched a strategic plan with focus on innovation, community, sustainability. “FUture Focused” strategic plan will guide Furman, faculty and staff through 2029. (Photo/Furman University)

Furman University has launched a strategic plan with focus on innovation, community, sustainability. “FUture Focused” strategic plan will guide Furman, faculty and staff through 2029. (Photo/Furman University)

Furman University launches 5-year strategic plan — here’s the focus

GSA Biz Wire //May 14, 2024//

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Furman University has launched a five-year strategic plan to strengthen its position as a university of innovation and impact, foster a thriving community and ensure a sustainable future, President Elizabeth Davis recently announced.

The “FUture Focused” strategic plan will guide Furman and its faculty and staff through 2029, according to a news release. Recognized nationally for The Furman Advantage and other academic programs, the liberal arts and sciences university will expand and enhance its focus on providing world-class opportunities to every student, strengthen its dedication to a student-focused academic experience and deepen its community impact, the release stated.

“Our strategic plan is our commitment to elevating excellence, innovation, and the holistic development of our students and our community,” Davis said said in the release. “From pioneering engaged learning to inventing The Furman Advantage to creating four community-focused institutes, our efforts have placed Furman among the finest liberal arts and sciences universities in America.

“Our faculty and staff continually demonstrate an ethos of innovation and a commitment to improving society. This dedication is clearly apparent in the success of our students and alumni.”

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The “FUture Focused” strategic plan outlines a roadmap for continued excellence, innovation and community impact, prioritizing individualized and innovative learning, a thriving community, and a sustainable future through three pillars, according to the release:

Priority One: University of Innovation and Impact

Position Furman as a premier liberal arts and sciences university recognized for delivering a high-value, individualized learning experience through the teacher-scholar model, a culture of innovation, and thought leadership.

Priority Two: Thriving Community

Cultivate a vibrant, interconnected community where students, faculty, and staff flourish, engagement thrives, and wellbeing is prioritized.

Priority Three: Sustainable Future

Foster a dynamic and sustainable future as we enter our third century (which begins in 2026).

The Furman Board of Trustees unanimously approved the “FUture Focused” strategic plan during its spring meeting, the release stated. The Furman faculty endorsed the plan in April.

The planning process started in February 2023 with a “Community Day” workshop that brought faculty and staff together to share ideas and establish priorities for the plan, according to the release. A Strategic Planning Team, co-led by Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Beth Pontari and Vice President for Student Life Connie Carson, included a cross-section of faculty and staff who created the plan between October and December 2023. The team incorporated additional feedback in February and March from trustees and the campus community.

Working groups will convene and begin to operationalize the plan this summer.

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