Committee sets meetings on ‘2020’ strategic plan revisions

The first town hall meeting for campus and surrounding communities to provide input in revising the “2020 Vision” strategic plan will be held in WCU’s Health and Human Sciences Building.

A Western Carolina University committee tasked with revising the university’s “2020 Vision” strategic plan will hold a series of town hall meetings to allow members of the campus and surrounding communities to provide input into the process.

Sessions are scheduled for:

* Wednesday, Sept. 20, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in Room 204 of the Health and Human Sciences Building on WCU’s West Campus, in Cullowhee.

* Thursday, Sept. 21, 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 345 of WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville.

* Tuesday, Oct. 10, 9:30-10:30 a.m. in Conference Room A of Blue Ridge Hall, on the Cullowhee campus.

* Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

A 20-member committee is conducting a holistic review and revision of WCU’s “2020 Vision” plan, tweaking the plan to address changes that have occurred since the document was approved by the Board of Trustees five years ago. The committee is expected to complete its work in time for WCU’s Board of Trustees meeting in March 2018.

“Our committee has been hard at work since last spring combing through the strategic plan to assess the university’s progress toward meeting the goals and initiatives of that plan,” said Carol Burton, chair of the Strategic Plan Committee and associate provost for undergraduate studies. “It now is time to share our work with the larger campus community and solicit ideas from all stakeholders – students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members – on the future of the university.”

Members of the committee also will be scheduling meetings with various groups – including the Alumni Board, Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Student Government Association and WCU Foundation Board – to receive their targeted input, Burton said.

In addition, committee members have established a website ( to gather input from interested individuals.