In reviewing and revising Achieving Distinction, the 1994 Strategic Planning Committee was guided by several considerations: First, as far as possible, the Committee desired to maintain continuity with the original plan. Institutional aspirations and goals should not and cannot change abruptly. In particular, the process of conducting strategic planning should be continued so that it becomes familiar to all participants. Consequently, the present plan holds in place the structure and format of strategic planning devised by the first committee and articulated in this chapter and in Appendix A. Second, progress over five years and changing environmental conditions necessarily required some adjustments in goals, objectives, and strategies. In many instances, we found it necessary to delete or revise objectives or change strategies because significant gains have occurred. In other cases, assumptions or environmental conditions have changed, requiring shifts in objectives or strategies. Third, we have tried to coordinate University-level planning more closely with the goals of first-level plans. By necessity, the first plan had a stronger "top-down" component to the planning process. With the benefit of the first round of strategic planning in place and by consulting with many leaders of first-level planning units, we were better able to consider the aspirations and goals of first-level plans in the overall context of University strategic planning. Fourth, we attempted to rectify points that caused widespread concern or misinterpretation while keeping with the original intent of Achieving Distinction. Finally, we sought out new strategies, from within our committee and from the many comments generated by members of the University community, that would allow us to progress more rapidly toward our University aspirations and goals.
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