The 2020 AACRAO strategic planning process is nearing its conclusion. The Strategic Planning Committee of the Board of Directors, chaired by Tim Amyx, took a different approach to strategic planning than in previous years. Consultants Stan Henderson and Tomikia LeGrande from AACRAO Consulting spent the summer gathering feedback via focus groups with various AACRAO stakeholders, including AACRAO staff and leadership, reported their findings to the Board of Directors, and led the Board through a set of exercises to craft draft goals to present to the membership for comment. Please review it and share your thoughts here.
“The strategic framework that AACRAO has been operating under for the last decade has been an excellent guide for the association as we have expanded our collaboration and reach,” commented AACRAO President Jack Miner. “The new goals are aspirational and will move the association forward in exciting ways.”
If you are interested in participating in a live discussion of the strategic plan, check your inbox for an invitation to the November AACRAO Collective Gathering, where, among other topics, a member of the strategic planning committee of the Board of Directors will be available to host a breakout room discussion of the new draft goals.
The comment period will close on December 6th, and member input is a crucial component of this process. After the comment period is complete, the Board of Directors will synthesize the feedback of members and finalize the goals. It will then be the work of the AACRAO staff, under the direction of the Executive Director and and the advice of the Board, to create the strategies and tactics, as well as the metrics for measuring achievement. This process will likely take several months and will include input from the new Executive Director, when hired.
“The timing of this project, when higher education is in a period of rapid transformation and AACRAO is in the midst of hiring a new executive director, will help the association to adapt to the evolving needs of our members in this dynamic environment.” commented Executive Director Mike Reilly, who retires in June 2021. “It will be helpful to give my replacement a fresh roadmap and an association ready to support members and their institutions for years to come.”