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Key Initiatives Timeline

September 2019

The Board of Regents charged the University to launch a strategic planning project.

October 2019

  • Campus engagement and information gathering for the strategic planning project
  • Advance interviews
  • Faculty town hall, student town hall, open campus town hall
  • Idea wall
  • Focus group meetings

November 2019

  • Follow-up on the survey and initial campus engagement
  • Online survey of campus and external constituents
  • Two town halls, November 19 and 20
  • Meetings with campus constituency groups, including sessions with the full Faculty Senate, the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and Senate committee chairs, deans, the faculty of every college, SGA, members of the Provost’s Office, and other groups

December 2019 - January 2020

  • The Strategic Plan Steering Committee and consultants collected data, synthesized notes taken at meetings, and developed themes for the Strategic Plan;
  • Board of Regents unanimously endorsed the Strategic Plan at its December meeting.

January - February 2020

  • Review of findings, analysis, and planning themes;
  • The Implementation Steering Committee hosted strategic planning community forums on February 5, 10, and 12, for faculty, staff, administrators, and students;
  • A second set of townhalls occurred during the week of February 24 at each of the three University campuses;
  • Between committee members and focus groups, 140 members of the University participated in the process of discerning a strategic vision;
  • A faculty group of over 20 faculty members, with proportionate representation from every college, articulated an Academic Vision for the University.

March 2020

  • Strategic Planning retreat was held despite the need to begin a parallel process of contingency planning for the Covid-19 pandemic;
  • Throughout the pandemic, Seton Hall worked to align contingency planning with its strategic plan goals.

July 2020

Taking the suggestion of the Faculty Senate, the Office of the Provost granted an optional one-year extension of the tenure clock in response to the pandemic.

September 2020

  • At the Board of Regents retreat, the Board approved the direction of the draft Strategic Plan and identified priorities from Goals 4 and 5 to accelerate and implement during AY 2020-21;
  • Goal 4 charged us to launch a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and begin implementing our DEI agenda;
  • Goal 5 concerned institutional stability, giving rise to University Structure Committee and Accelerated Program Review Process (APSA).

September - November 2020

  • Developed Implementation Plan;
  • Action items and timeline articulated by 16 Strategic Plan Implementation teams, comprised of administrators, staff, and more than 100 different faculty members.
  • December 2020
  • The Board of Regents approved the Strategic Plan and full implementation of the Strategic Plan began (December 8);
  • University Structure Committee started benchmarking data from Seton Hall and other Universities and began examining multiple restructuring scenarios proposed by faculty during the strategic planning input process.

April 2021

  • University Structure Committee presented an initial draft of Seeds of Innovation to the University community via separate meetings for each College and an open University presentation (April 23);
  • Web portal opened for anonymous feedback from entire campus community.

June 2021

  • The Office of the Provost offered 70 meetings and office hours with faculty and administration from each School, College, and the University Libraries to solicit feedback from Seton Hall University community and clarify the process;
  • Responding to a request from the Faculty Senate, in good faith and shared governance, we granted an extension of time for the colleges to review, to comment, and to vote on the initial proposal.

June – August 2021

  • The Office of the Provost considered verbal and written communication from faculty, alumni, and students, including votes and other feedback from the faculty bodies of each College;
  • Adopting this feedback and these ideas, the Office of the Provost significantly modified the proposal;
  • The Office of the Provost approved a Dean search and added 30 faculty lines, the majority of which are tenure track lines, across all schools and colleges;
  • We renewed the contracts of our CORE Fellows.

August 2021           

September 2021

  • The Board of Regents considered all the feedback from the SHU community, including College votes, anonymous comments, and in-person feedback from the Chair of the 2021-22 Faculty Senate, and approved the Modified Seeds of Innovation Proposal, which was presented to them by the Provost; [email September 24]
  • Modified Seeds of Innovation Proposal announced to Seton Hall Community; [email September 28]
  • The Office of the Provost used recommendations from Phase I Committee to study mechanisms for implementing better long-term commitment to the Core Fellows;
  • The Office of the Provost improved advising in response to shifting enrollment trends, student need, greater interest in healthcare careers, and demonstrated resource needs in the Department of Biology:
  • Pre-Professional Advising Center
  • Student Success Team

October 2021

  • The Office of the Provost received 22 competitive proposals for the Academies Initiative;
  • The Office of the Provost discussed Call for Proposals to complement our Honors Program with innovative new initiatives across Schools and Colleges;
  • The Office of the Provost shared the Call for Proposals to complement our Honors Program with the Deans;
  • The Office of the Provost presented IPAD to the Deans;
  • The Office of the Provost shared Call for Proposals to complement our Honors Program in Provost's weekly;
  • As part of Goal 1, Pre-Professional Advising Center launched for Pre-Health Students.

November 2021

  • Bi-weekly meetings began between SHMS faculty, dean, and members of the Provost’s Office on Faculty Guide Project, to add SHMS faculty to the Faculty Guide;
  • Seeds of Innovation Implementation Coordination Committee formed including 21 members: 11 faculty members, plus 2 faculty Senate Members, 2 students, 1 dean, 5 administrators;
  • Deans ranked all Academy proposals and shared their rankings with the Office of the Provost;
  • The Office of the Provost determined and announced its inaugural round of Academies Academy Initiative funding: 7 Academies and 3 seed grants for additional endeavors, altogether involving the work of at least 75 faculty and committing substantial new resources to academic projects, as described in the Provost's weekly;
  • The Office of the Provost presented IPAD to the Faculty Senate

December 2021

  • The Office of the Provost presented an overview of approved Academies to the Board of Regents (December 1);
  • The Office of Provost restored financial support for employees in doctoral programs with changes to protect the academic and financial integrity of the academic programs:
  • Cost will be assessed to HR, rather than the academic units;
  • Employees get full tuition remission including faculty members;
  • Academic quality is secured by 25% cap on internal candidates.
  • The Office of the Provost held a retreat for Deans and graduate program directors to share strategic ideas for graduate recruitment and enhancement.

January 2022

  • The Office of the Provost proposed a new infrastructure for grants – including software to streamline process and to offer the services of professional grant writers to compete for larger and more prestigious grants;
  • SHMS Faculty Guide Project continues, with a path to tenure and clinical lines expected;
  • The Office of the Provost initiated important capital improvements to support academic initiatives, including:
  • Enhanced televisions studios
  • A new art studio
  • A new International Center to house Office of International Programs and for English as a Second Language.