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September 30, 2020: Seton Hall University Board of Regents Update
Chairman Kevin Marino, Esq. and President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community,

On Thursday and Friday, September 24 and 25, the Seton Hall University Board of Regents met virtually for its annual retreat. The Board received updates on the strategic planning process, offering feedback and support. Additionally, the Board endorsed several action items that will guide our work this academic year.

As you know, we began our strategic planning process in fall 2019 to assess and establish the University’s priorities, strengthen the dedication to its Catholic mission, focus its resources, and align operational functions to achieve its goals. Embracing shared governance, we formed the Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) composed of a cross-section of members of the University community, including faculty, priests, administrators, and students. The SPC led the planning process throughout the 2019-2020 academic year. Though the COVID-19 pandemic briefly decelerated the planning process, over 140 members of the University community met in smaller groups throughout the pandemic to advise on short-term reopening objectives and longer-term strategy and related decisions. All of these efforts were linked to the draft strategic framework.

We are pleased to report that, during the retreat, the Board applauded the University community for its collective leadership, action, and dedication to the strategic planning process, especially in the midst of the multiple health, social, and economic challenges our nation is facing. The Board reviewed the draft Academic Vision Statement, along with the Guiding Principles, Goals, and Sample Objectives developed and set forth in the draft Strategic Plan. Impressed by the work already completed, the Board formally voted to support the direction of the strategic planning process while providing additions to, and guidance for, the Strategic Plan.

The Board also recognized the role of faculty research in the draft Academic Vision Statement by encouraging the University to regularly review its Carnegie research classification for strategic and sustainability purposes. The Board recognizes faculty scholarship and teaching as mutually synergistic endeavors, sustained and promoted through actively recruiting, supporting, and rewarding faculty engaged in research.

Finally, the Board recognized that the University must seek to implement certain critical, strategic priority actions in the 2020-2021 academic year in connection with achieving the goals developed and set forth in the Strategic Plan and as further developed above by the Board. Accordingly, the Board endorsed the allocation of resources associated with priority actions this academic year, which include:

  • Advancing key objectives in Goal 3: Student Success, which includes, but is not limited to, the Affordability and Accessibility agenda, previously presented to the Board at the February 26, 2020 meeting, all of which are designed to strengthen recruitment and retention;
  • Taking meaningful action to advance student engagement, retention, and persistence during and after the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • Advancing key objectives in Goal 4: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which includes, but is not limited to, initially inventorying and assessing key DEI work across the University;
  • Conducting critical Accelerated Program Sustainability Assessment in support of the University’s Academic Vision and Goals 1, 2, and 5;
  • Evaluating and recommending changes to the University structure to promote the University’s sustainability and Goals, 1, 2, and 5; and
  • Launching the University’s Capital Campaign(s) in support of Goal 5.

The Strategic Planning Process will conclude once the Implementation Plan is developed. The Board anticipates receiving, reviewing, and taking appropriate action on a completed Implementation Plan aligned with the Academic Vision Statement, along with the Guiding Principles, Goals, and Objectives as set forth in the Strategic Plan and as expanded and broadened above, at its December 2020 meeting.

We are incredibly grateful for the work by the collective community in developing the three-year draft strategic plan, and we are eager to advance the initiatives in that plan, especially those noted as priority actions for this year.

Sincerely,

Chairman Kevin Marino, Esq. and President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.


December 18, 2019: Strategic Planning Update 
Dr. Andrew Simon, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee
Dr. Alyssa McCloud, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community, 

This message is to provide you with an update regarding the creation of Seton Hall's next strategic plan. Our intent is to keep everyone informed of the Strategic Planning Committee's (SPC) progress and ensure that the University community has opportunities to contribute to the process.  

Over the past few months, the SPC has been working under the guidance of Keeling & Associates. The focus of our efforts has been to prepare for and organize the information that's come from the Town Hall meetings, group discussions, and University-wide survey led by Keeling & Associates. We are now at a point in which primary themes, relevant to the University as a whole, have been identified. The core of the strategic plan will be based on how these themes get addressed. The themes are (in no particular order): 

  • Academic vision – co-chairs, Andrew Simon & Kurt Rotthoff
  • Student success – co-chairs, Yolanda Jackson & Shawna Cooper-Gibson
  • Catholic mission/identity – co-chairs, John Chadwick & John Ranieri
  • Institutional culture – co-chairs, Bryan Felt & Joan Guetti
  • Attract, retain and ensure satisfaction of faculty and staff – co-chairs, Vanessa May & Mayra Colon
  • Strategic direction and sustainability – co-chairs, Sona Patel, Stefan Ferreira & Stephen Graham

Our next step will be to form strategic working groups (SWG) that will chart a strategic direction for each theme. The SWGs will conduct their work from Mid-January through Mid-March. Each SWG will be co-chaired by members of the SPC, as indicated above. The SWGs will be composed of faculty, students, priests, administrators, etc. SWG membership will be chosen following the appropriate University by-laws or guide regulations; for example, the SGA will recommend the students, the Faculty Senate will recommend the faculty, etc. In the case where no appropriate governing body or by-law exists, the co-chairs of the SWG will make the appointments.

The SWGs have been commissioned at the request of the SPC. They are charged with the following, as it relates to each specific theme:

  1. Proactively engage all campus community members and seek as much input from multiple constituents as possible to inform the formulation of strategic priorities.
  2. Ensures tasks, community input and feedback are accomplished within specified time-lines.
  3. Identify big picture priorities, strategic objectives and supporting ideas.
  4. Provide the SPC with a final list of recommendations in the form of a written report not to exceed 5 pages.

We also anticipate, during the week of February 24, we will hold Town Hall meetings on all three Seton Hall campuses. The purpose of the meetings will be to provide updates and seek additional input. The SPC will then use this feedback to change or refine the strategic statements.  

Our plan is to have the statements ready for an SPC strategic planning retreat on March 18-19. Keeling & Associates will direct the SPC during the retreat so the core elements of the plan can be finalized. We intend to have a draft of the full strategic plan completed by the end of April 2020 and submitted to the Board of Regents for review in early June. At that point the work of the SPC will come to a close and the process will move on to the implementation phase.

We hope this information provides you with an understanding of the process to date. We wish you and your family a blessed holiday season and a happy new year.

Dr. Andrew Simon, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee
Dr. Alyssa McCloud, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee


November 22, 2019: FINAL REMINDER: Strategic Planning Survey
Dr. Andrew Simon, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee
Dr. Alyssa McCloud, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee

Dear Seton Hall Faculty, Staff & Priest Community,

Seton Hall is engaged in a strategic planning process this year to define our key priorities and goals, and guide decision making for the coming three to five years. We are writing to ask you to complete this online survey because your input—your ideas, opinions, and recommendations—are important!

Completing the survey should take approximately 15 minutes, but your input will influence the University’s direction for much longer. We sincerely appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas. Please make completing the survey a priority. The survey will close on November 27, 2019.

If you have already taken the survey, thank you! If not, please click here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SetonHallStrategicPlanningSurvey

The responses you give on this survey are strictly confidential. The survey is being administered by our consultants, Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A). K&A, and not Seton Hall will receive and have access to your individual responses to the survey questions. No member of the faculty, staff, or administration at the University, including the Strategic Planning Committee, will see individual responses. The report of survey results will contain aggregated data only, without any identification of individual respondents or responses. Summary results of the survey and other information-gathering efforts to date will be shared with the University community next semester.

Thank you very much for your time and input.

Dr. Andrew Simon, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee
Dr. Alyssa McCloud, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee


November 11, 2019: Strategic Planning Survey
Dr. Andrew Simon, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee
Dr. Alyssa McCloud, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee

Dear Seton Hall Faculty, Staff & Priest Community,

Seton Hall is engaged in a strategic planning process this year to define our key priorities and goals, and guide decision making for the coming three to five years. We are writing to ask you to complete this online survey because your input—your ideas, opinions, and recommendations—are important!

Completing the survey should take approximately 15 minutes, but your input will influence the University’s direction for much longer. We sincerely appreciate your taking the time to share your thoughts and ideas. Please make completing the survey a priority. The survey will close on November 27, 2019.

To complete the survey, please use the link below. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SetonHallStrategicPlanningSurvey

The responses you give on this survey are strictly confidential. The survey is being administered by our consultants, Keeling & Associates, LLC (K&A). K&A, and not Seton Hall will receive and have access to your individual responses to the survey questions. No member of the faculty, staff, or administration at the University, including the Strategic Planning Committee, will see individual responses. The report of survey results will contain aggregated data only, without any identification of individual respondents or responses. Summary results of the survey and other information-gathering efforts to date will be shared with the University community next semester.

Thank you very much for your time and input.

Dr. Andrew Simon, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee
Dr. Alyssa McCloud, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee


November 7, 2019: November 19 & 20 Keeling and Associates (K&A) Visit
Dr. Andrew Simon, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee
Dr. Alyssa McCloud, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community,

Keeling and Associates (K&A) will return to campus on November 19 & 20 to gather additional input for the strategic planning process. As part of this process, they will be hosting town halls on all three of our campuses as follows:

South Orange – Nov. 19, 2019 - 2:15 pm – 3:00 pm – Main Lounge

IHS campus – Nov. 20, 2019 – 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm – IHS Auditorium

Law School – Nov. 19, 2019 – 4:15 – 5:00 pm – Faculty Library

These town halls are open to all community members. Please join these meetings to have your thoughts and input added to the strategic planning process.

In addition to these town hall meetings, Keeling will also be hosting six small group meetings as indicated below. These meetings will have 10-12 individuals representing a cross section of campus, such as students, faculty, priests, staff, administrators, etc. These meetings are open to all community members and slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The sessions will be held as follows:

Nov. 19, 2019 – 10:15 am – 11 am – Bethany 201

Nov. 19, 2019 – 11:15 am – 12 pm – Bethany 201

Nov. 19, 2019 – 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm – Bethany 201

Nov. 19, 2019 – 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm – Bethany 201

Nov. 20, 2019 – 9 am – 9:45 am – Jubilee Hall 231

Nov. 20, 2019 – 2:15 pm – 3:00pm – Jubilee Hall 132

We hope that you will all actively participate in this process to assist the University in this important endeavor which is critical to shaping the future of our beloved Seton Hall.

Please also be on the lookout for an important survey from Keeling and Associates which will be used to gather additional feedback for the strategic planning process. A message about this survey will be sent early next week.

Thank you,

Dr. Andrew Simon, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee
Dr. Alyssa McCloud, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee


November 6, 2019: Shared Goals: Peer and Pricing Committee
Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., Office of the President

Dear Members of the Seton Hall Community,

As I announced to the campus earlier this semester, the Executive Cabinet is pursuing a series of shared goals for the 2019-20 academic year. Among them is to conduct and/or review an analysis of Seton Hall’s peer, competitor and aspirant institutions, and to carry out an undergraduate tuition-pricing study.

These objectives should be accomplished with an eye toward providing readiness and research for Seton Hall’s ongoing strategic planning process. With that in mind, Stephen Graham, Chief Financial Officer, and Alyssa McCloud, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, have been tasked with achieving these goals. They have assembled a representative committee, of which they are the co-chairs, that includes:

Peer and Pricing Committee:

  • Stephen Graham, Chief Financial Officer, Co-Chair
  • Alyssa McCloud, Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Enrollment Management, Co-Chair
  • Jennifer Itzkowitz, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Finance
  • David Rosenthal, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computing and Decision Sciences
  • Elise Kerim, Student
  • Velu Krishnan, Student
  • Reverend Colin A. Kay, Director of Campus Ministry
  • Bonnie Burkhardt, Director of Business Intelligence
  • Robin L. Cunningham, Ed.S., Associate Vice President and Dean of Freshman Studies
  • Gary Thomas, Associate Director of Financial Aid

Student members were identified and recommended by Rishi Shah, president of the Student Government Association. Faculty members were identified and recommended by Jonathan Farina, Ph.D., chair of the Faculty Senate.

To assist with this endeavor and ensure an independent and neutral evaluation, Seton Hall has contracted with the Educational Advisory Board (EAB), a well-known Washington D.C.-based higher education consulting firm. They will engage in a three-part process as follows:

1. Identify a peer school list that will serve as the basis for an undergraduate tuition gap analysis and for future studies on other topics, such as faculty compensation.
2. Provide a gap analysis on undergraduate tuition pricings for this peer set as compared to Seton Hall, as well as a contextual understanding of national tuition trends.
3. Conduct and provide results of an undergraduate tuition pricing elasticity study.

The University committee will collaborate with representatives from EAB in a manner that is consistent with this committee charge:

1. Work with EAB consultants on the parameters and design for compiling a peer school list and related analysis.
2. Contribute to the design and creation of a pricing survey to be administered by the consultants.
3. Provide other inputs and guidance to the consultants throughout the process.
4. Ensure their work is completed in a timely fashion consistent with the expectations outlined in this message.
5. Forward the results to the President and the Executive Cabinet for consideration in the strategic planning process.

The work of this committee is expected to conclude by the end of January 2020. Major highlights and results will be shared with the Strategic Planning Committee and through the committee membership with their respective constituents, i.e., students will provide information to the SGA; faculty will provide information to the Faculty Senate, etc.

I am grateful to Dr. McCloud, Mr. Graham and the entire committee for taking the lead in developing these vital analyses. The results of their work will be an invaluable asset to Seton Hall as our strategic planning process moves forward.

Sincerely,

Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D.
President

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