At the School of Professional and Continuing Studies fall faculty meeting held Friday evening, August 25, Dean Jamelle Wilson announced the release of the School’s Strategic Plan for 2017 to 2022.

The SPCS Strategic Plan identifies four strategic themes permeating five strategic goals. The plan ties into several pillars of the University of Richmond Strategic Plan, Forging our Future, Building Our Strength.

The plan identifies the following strategic themes:

  • Focus: Clarify and strengthen the SPCS programs, identity and brand.
  • Innovation: Explore, create, and evaluate new educational opportunities for degree programs, professional education and lifelong learning.
  • Integration: Create strong synergies within SPCS and across the University community.
  • Community Engagement: Partner intentionally across the greater Richmond community to forge new relationships and to enhance existing ones.

The plan also identifies five strategic goals that will be pursued during the next five years:

  1. Ensure focused, mission-aligned offerings across three student-centered categories: degree programs, professional education and lifelong learning
  2. Align and leverage SPCS and University assets to develop programming that meets the needs of the Richmond community.
  3. Encourage experimentation and innovation in SPCS to enhance students’ learning experience and educational outcomes.
  4. Integrate programs, services, and educational offerings with those of the University and of the other schools at UR to best meet the needs of students and the Richmond community.
  5. Build and strengthen relationships with key strategic partners representing key SPCS focus areas to increase access to SPCS for new students.

Each of these strategic goals includes immediate, short-term, and long-term implementation activities identified by working groups. Updates to strategic plan implementation progress will be announced and posted to the Strategic Plan website at spcs.richmond.edu/strategicplan.

Dean, School of Professional and Continuing Studies
Professor, Continuing Studies