Nov. 6, 2017

Nov. 6, 2017: Strategic Plan to be Presented to Trustees

Creighton University President, the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, SJ

On Nov. 10, our Strategic Plan will be presented for approval at a regular meeting of the Board of Trustees. This dynamic plan represents more than two years of diligent and thoughtful work by the entire Creighton community.

This process has been collaborative and inclusive, and I am grateful for the time, insights, and vision provided by the entire campus community in the development of this plan, including our Goal Stewards, Work Groups, the President’s Planning Committee, and the Steering Committee. 

As Tom Murray, PhD, emphasized in his recent Provost Digest, your ideas and comments have been essential throughout this process. Most recently, input from the Strategic Planning Town Halls and Workshops in September and the fall campus forums have helped refine the plan, adding more clarity and content to existing goals. I encourage you to attend our remaining forums. A complete list of forums and video recordings can be found on the Strategic Planning website. Continued feedback will remain essential as we move into the implementation phase and execute and further develop tactics.

The collection of 33 initiatives, projects, and programs proposed by the Goal Work Groups last spring has been honed to eight goals, focusing on three overarching themes: achieving academic excellence, thriving in our mission, and engaging the world. 

The goals reflect the complexity and comprehensiveness of Creighton, while also offering opportunities for meaningful intersection. For instance, themes and initiatives around interdisciplinary education, research, mission, diversity and inclusion, and sustainability are emphasized throughout the plan. 

Among recent modifications, the Catholic Social Teaching Initiative was renamed Living Our Mission, to more fully recognize our aspirations around mission-related formation of faculty, staff, and students, as well as innovative, mission-centric initiatives in sustainability. Similarly, the initiatives behind Creighton University and CHI: Centers of Excellence and Creighton University Research Exchange (CURE) are more fully reflected in its renaming to Academic Health System Excellence. Finally, the Academic Health Partnerships goal was folded into the Professional and Corporate Partnerships goal to address potential synergies in that area. 

This sharpened focus ensures that our Strategic Plan will move to timely action in the coming months, allowing us to more fully realize opportunities before us.

Also included in the document are general funding sources associated with each goal. As we move forward, more detailed financial plans will allow us to make informed decisions and establish priorities related to the implementation of goal tactics, the efficient management of our resources, and the development of our comprehensive capital campaign.  

As we prepare for the next phase of our plan, I am particularly thankful for the diligent work of our Goal Work Groups and the Steering Committee, and I look forward to the contributions from the Implementation Teams formed around each goal. 

Creighton University, today, is in an excellent position to confidently pursue the wide breadth of goals expressed in this plan, and dramatically shape our bold future. I am encouraged by our progress and excited about what lies ahead. You can read the full Strategic Plan document.


Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson, SJ