Planning at Haverford occurs at various levels.
- Through Senior Staff, each division of the institution develops annual goals and operating plans to provide focus on key issues and assess progress toward objectives. These divisional plans help shape the President's annual Administrative Priorities for the College.
- Units and cross-divisional groups develop longer-range plans for specific focus areas (Campus Master Plan, Library Strategic Plan, Plan for the Arts).
- Strategic planning at the institutional level draws faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the board into broader conversation about the College's vision for itself. It produces a coherent, achievable set of priorities on which to focus institutional energies and resources. Strategic planning is derivative and recursive in that it both draws from the insights and work embedded in divisional and area planning, and it informs the shape of future plans at the operational level.
View a Summary of Institutional Planning, Assessment, and Significant Outcomes. View a visual representation of our planning and assessment structures.
The links below provide access to final reports from a variety of recent planning and assessment exercises, where available:
SEADS–Seamless Administrative Services
Seamless Administrative Services, or SEADS, is a collaborative Bi-College technology initiative beginning implementation in academic year 2012-13. SEADS facilitates joint course registration, advising support, identity management (for access to systems, data, buildings), space scheduling, Human Resources, and Financial Aid. Robust enrollment management and academic advising technology are dramatic aspects of this new initiative.
2010 Middles States Self-Study
In 2010, the College received unqualified reaccreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. As part of the reaccreditation review, the community, led by the self-study steering committee, engaged in a process of deep reflection and aspirational planning. That process produced a self-study document. In addition, ongoing discussions regarding the 21 recommendations arising from the self-study have resulted in an updated status report , submitted to the President and Senior staff in Spring 2012.
Campus Master Plan
The Master Planning process took place between 2007-2009, led by the Philadelphia architectural firm of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates. This collaborative process, involving all campus constituencies, documents near- and long-term plans for the College’s physical spaces.
Academic Strategic Plan: Blueprint for Haverford's Future
In Spring 2008, the Board of Managers approved the academic strategic plan known as the "Blueprint for Haverford’s Future". Subsequent economic and institutional events led the Provost to convene a Task Force on Academic Enrichment. This group will revise and refine the Blueprint in 2012-2013, in preparation from the arrival of Haverford’s new president and our plans going forward.
Arts Planning Process
Working with an outside consultant, the College conducted a thorough review of arts spaces and curricular approaches.
Campaign Planning Report
The College is in the planning stages of a comprehensive fund raising campaign, “The Campaign for Haverford”. We expect a public launch date in the Fall of 2013.
2009 IT Review
In 2009 a comprehensive external review of College Informational Technology Services resulted in the recommendation of a new senior staff position, Chief Information Officer. This position was filled in 2009-2010. Since that time the CIO has redesigned IT at Haverford by creating a reorganized office of Instructional and Informational Technology Services.
Library Strategic Planning and Physical Space Planning Process
Beginning in 2010-2011, with the arrival of the new College Librarian, the Library underwent a major review and strategic planning process. In addition, Marble-Fairbanks, the New York architectural firm, has been engaged to conduct a comprehensive space analysis and planning study, building off of their review of 2009-2010; the library has also benefitted by additional input by Steven Holl Associates through related campus projects. These two planning initiatives—strategic planning and the physical space planning—are focused on library infrastructure and on the evolving features of a first-rate 21st Century college library.