Strategic Planning at Holy Family

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Message from the President

S. Maureen McGarrity, Holy Family University President

Dear Members of the Holy Family University Community:
At its October 2020 meeting, the Board of Trustees approved the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan: Advancing Knowledge ~Transforming Lives. This document is the result of the hard work and dedication of our Strategic Planning Steering Committee, along with the insights, feedback, and participation of the broader University community.

Our next step is to organize the framework and timeline for implementation of this aspirational plan. We will keep you updated with significant developments related to our ongoing efforts, and many of you will be asked to take part in bringing these strategic initiatives to fruition.

Thank you for your continued good will and support as we embark upon the implementation phase of this plan.



Sister Maureen McGarrity, CSFN, PhD
President, Holy Family University



Lifelong Responsibilities Towards God, Society, and Self.
Holy Family University, a ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, offers education in the liberal arts and professions through graduate, undergraduate, and non-degree programs. As a Catholic University, Holy Family seeks direction and inspiration from the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, affirms the values of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and witnesses to the dignity of each person and the oneness of the human family. Holy Family University educates students to assume lifelong responsibilities towards God, society, and self.

Strategic Planning Steering Committee Charge

The Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) is charged with working throughout the 2019-20 academic year to develop the strategic plan which will guide and inform the University’s decision-making for the next three to five years.

In its work, the SPSC will be guided by the Mission of the University as it responds to the challenges confronting higher education at all levels – nationally, regionally, and locally. The process for identifying priorities should be inclusive and transparent, engaging both internal and external stakeholders in dialogue and research. Special attention should be given to establishing and maintaining an evidence-based approach in drawing conclusions and making recommendations.

The final planning document will be presented to the University’s Board in May 2020. Its foundation will be an aspirational vision that closely aligns the University’s Mission with its long-range, strategic opportunities - particularly in the areas of student, academic, facility, and financial needs. It will establish 4 to 6 high-level priorities and related key initiatives which will serve as the foundation for the implementation of the plan, as well as identifying the focus of responsibility for executing these initiatives.

The work of the Committee will be facilitated by consultants from MPK&D and it is expected that regular progress reports will be provided to the President throughout the planning process. Similarly, regular updates will be communicated to the campus community. The SPSC may, as it sees fit, invite additional members of our community to participate in the work of the Committee on an ad hoc or project-specific basis.

Strategic Planning Timeline

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