What kind of ideas are being sought?
At this point, there are very few guidelines for ideas that can be submitted. It could be a new program, service or initiative, or it could be an enhancement to something that already exists at FLC. It could be academic, co-curricular or extra-curricular in nature, meaning it could be an idea for anything from a new major to a new athletic team, or improvements to a campus organization or facility, to name just a few possibilities. It may be something that Fort Lewis College does or has done before, or it could be something entirely new.
Are there requirements the ideas must meet?
The only requirement for ideas to be submitted is that they must have a realistic chance to increase FLC’s enrollment by 35-70+ (minimum of 35) students within four years of the idea’s start date. That could be new students or an increase in retention of existing students. The expense of the idea should also be estimated as much as possible, but expense will be researched more deeply in future strategic planning steps. These expenses could include new staffing, equipment, operating expenses, facility needs, etc.
How do I figure out my idea’s enrollment impact?
At this point, we only ask for an educated estimate of your idea’s enrollment impact. Ideas for how to reach that estimate include looking at similar programs at other schools to see their enrollment, checking employment forecasts to see if a particular job sector is growing or shrinking, even conducting surveys on your own to gauge interest. Please share the method for obtaining your estimate.
What happens after I submit my idea?
The deadline to submit your idea is Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Once all the ideas have been submitted, enrollment management experts at Ruffalo Noel Levitz will assist in researching each idea. The goal will be to find data to support the enrollment estimates (35-70+ students in four years) and estimate the idea’s financial impacts.
Those ideas that meet the enrollment estimates and that will provide a significant positive financial impact will then be given to teams that may be comprised of faculty, staff and students to further consider and formulate business plans around the ideas. These business plans will be brought forward in fall 2017 for possible inclusion in Fort Lewis College’s next strategic plan.