This is an exciting time for our campus. We will build on what we are—a place that deeply cares about teaching, students, and diversity. We will build upon who we are—a scholarly community focused on serving students and improving society.

At the September 2018 retreat, the Board of Trustees for Fort Lewis College established five high-level goals to guide the strategic planning process. At the February 2019 meeting, the Trustees approved our Strategic Plan. This strategic planning process map outlines the timeline in greater detail.

Based upon the Board’s direction and my conversations with the campus community, I established four major areas of work (or bins) to guide our strategic planning. Teams of faculty, staff, and students led a process for getting input from campus constituents for laying the foundation of our new plan, and to inform the strategy that will guide us as we serve our wonderfully diverse students, deepen the impact we have on the communities within the Four Corners and beyond, and build a financially sustainable college. In addition to our internal input gathering, we also developed a process for soliciting feedback from key community constituents (e.g., school boards, surrounding communities, tribal nations). This input has helped us build upon past work, like the Summit Project, as we explore new opportunities to serve our diverse student body.

The following people were appointed to lead each team:

  • Students at the Center: Anne McCarthy and Julie Love 
  • Community Responsiveness: Melissa Knight-Maloney and Kris Greer
  • Scholars in Action, Grounded in Place: Paul Booth, Laurie Williams, Becky Clausen, Michael Valdez
  • Systems to Facilitate Success: Kim Hannula and Steve Schwartz
Visit the Strategic Plan page to read the plan and initiatives we are currently implementing.