Strategic Planning Process of Saint Louis University
Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,
In August, 2014, Saint Louis University embarked on an ambitious effort to chart its future course in a rapidly changing higher education environment both in this country and globally. I asked that all members of our community join in identifying a series of broad initiatives that will define the direction SLU should follow as it moves toward its Bicentennial in 2018 and into its third century providing a distinctive education based on Jesuit values and principles.
The response to the open and participative process designed for developing a new strategic plan was gratifying. Literally hundreds of community members participated in Open Forums, Town Halls and surveys, expressing their commitment to the University and its mission, and their hopes for its future. Scores more devoted hours to translating what was learned in the information gathering phase into actionable Initiatives, Goals and Objectives, all captured in Magis: Saint Louis University's Plan for the Future.
Approved by the University Trustees in September 2015, Magis is serving as a guide to development of plans and policies that will achieve its ambitious Goals and Objectives--advancing the SLU Mission--pursuit of truth for the greater glory of God and for the service of humanity.
This website served as a principal means of informing the community during the year that Magis was developed. It is being maintained as a record of the process and the work of the many participants which brought it to completion. You can view Magis in its entirety online at Magis: Saint Louis University's Plan for the Future.
We now move to the challenges of achieving the Objectives in the plan. The elements of the Action Planning process and its progress are available to the entire SLU community under Strategic Planning Progress Reports. That site again provides transparency to the process as well as an opportunity to contribute to developing the actions that will allow us to advance the Magis Initiatives.
Fred P. Pestello, Ph.D.