Oakwood’s administrators, faculty and staff were reminded that “we cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are”. During Think Tank 2017, University employees spent several days evaluating the institution’s Five Year Strategic Plan and evaluating assessment documents as the institution seeks to “Maintain a Culture of Continuous Improvement”.
Between May 16 and 18, University employees reviewed data from the 2016-2017 academic year and designed strategies for the upcoming school year. During the weeks of May 22 and 29, employees and university stakeholders, reviewed institutional effectiveness reports, as well as the 2017-2022 Strategic Plan. The Think Tank planning process began with a charge from President Pollard and a review of his Vision 2020. The entire University workforce was divided into seven groups. Each University division leader facilitated breakout sessions so that each of the University’s seven priorities was shared with each employee group. The workforce was charged with ensuring that the Oakwood mission, priorities, goals and strategies were met. Other Think Tank workshops included activities focused on the implementation of the Career Pathways and CampusLabs initiatives, the Five School focus on Biblical Foundations for Career Pathways, and faculty development workshops on quality assurance and critical thinking certification.