Strategic plan committee sets additional public input session

A Western Carolina University committee tasked with revising the university’s “2020 Vision” strategic plan has added one more town hall meeting to solicit input from members of the campus and surrounding communities.

The additional session will be held from 3 until 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in Conference Room A of Blue Ridge Hall, on the Cullowhee campus.

In addition, a session designed specifically for members of the off-campus community will be held from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

Two sessions already have been held in Cullowhee and one at WCU’s instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville.

A 20-member committee chaired by Carol Burton, associate provost for undergraduate studies, 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 the trustees’ meeting in March 2018.

“It is imperative for the campus community to own its collective future, and the best way to do that is through active participation in the town hall meetings that are being hosted by the 2020 Strategic Plan Update Committee,” said WCU Chancellor David O. Belcher. “These meetings provide opportunities for members of our community to share their thoughts and desires about our campus priorities and direction.”

Members of the committee also are holding 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.