What is the purpose of the B-CU Re-Imagining effort?

As the nation begins to emerge from a two-year pandemic, we enter a crucial moment in time for colleges and universities to think critically about their future sustainability and impact with respect to education, service, and workforce development. With many facets of the traditional higher education model under stress, there is an urgent imperative for B-CU to respond creatively, strategically, and quickly as we chart our path forward. To prepare, plan, and be intentional about how we embrace this evolving landscape, we are undertaking a strategic planning effort geared toward identifying pathways to continue the strategic and financial betterment of the institution. Our goal is to advance the University’s mission of developing global leaders committed to service, learning, and diversity by creating an aspirational, actionable, and achievable plan for transformation that responds to future students’ needs and external market pressures.

Who will be involved in the development of the new plan?

To assist with this important effort, the B-CU Board and senior leadership team have engaged Huron Consulting Group to facilitate and support the University’s development of an institutional strategic plan. To partner with Huron, Interim President, Dr. Lawrence Drake, and Vice President Anthony Jones have been selected as Project Sponsors. The resulting plan will serve as a blueprint for B-CU’s future. The plan will identify a vision, strategies and goals that will set B-CU up for success in the future. Key project activities include: 

Financial Analysis
Financial Analysis

An in-depth review of B-CU core financial data

Academic Portfolio Review
Academic Portfolio Review

Review of B-CU’s academic program offerings across the four colleges

IT Strategy
IT Strategy

Assessment of B-CU’s technology function focusing on the efficiency and effectiveness

Enrollment Assessment

Evaluation of the size composition, and health of the enrollment pipeline

These key project activities will uncover strategic themes that the community can reflect on to guide the strategic plan development. Huron will be seeking input from a diverse array of stakeholders, including the University’s executive leadership, Administrative, and Academic units, students, alumni, and the community. Huron will gather feedback through a combination of interviews, focus groups, and data analyses. We look to include feedback from numerous stakeholder groups to ensure a truly inclusive effort. Further communications will be distributed to provide details to outline these discussions. If selected, you will be notified if your interview is in relation to the (1) broader strategic planning efforts, (2) academic portfolio review, (3) IT strategy assessment, or (4) enrollment assessment. It will not be necessary to prepare for these conversations in advance. 

When will the plan be complete?

We will be distributing future communications throughout the process to provide status updates to the B-CU community. We anticipate the strategic plan to be developed by the Spring of 2023 at which time we will socialize the finalized plan.

For questions contact project sponsors Interim President, Dr. Lawrence Drake, or Vice President Anthony Jones