• University leaders ask for Baylor family’s input on BU’s future through Community Input Sessions

    Strategic Planning ProcessBaylor held the first of its Strategic Planning Community Input Sessions this week, meeting with members of the Baylor family in Atlanta, San Antonio and Waco as part of the university’s efforts to involve as many voices as possible in shaping BU’s next 10-year strategic plan.

    It was interesting how quickly certain themes emerged — the desire to maintain and improve Baylor’s academic standing, the challenges of doing so without weakening BU’s Baptist/Christian heritage, and the need for the entire Baylor family to come together with a common purpose in order to achieve all of this. The gathering gave those in attendance a chance to share their thoughts with one another and with Baylor’s leaders, who will sift through every suggestion received during this process before moving on to come up with a draft of the next strategic plan.

    Additional sessions are planned over the next couple of months for Houston, Dallas, Amarillo, Lubbock, Tyler and Austin as well as Nashville, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington, D.C. (get complete details here). And if you can’t make it to one of these meetings, you can always share your thoughts online through this form. [2/2 update: This week's winter weather has forced the postponement of the Dallas-area session scheduled for Feb. 3; we'll let you know when it is rescheduled.]

    I hope that you’ll take time to contribute your input on where Baylor may be headed over the next decade and how we can get there.

    Sic ’em, Baylor family!

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