A brief history of strategic planning at Wake Forest follows:

1980-1983 — President Scales calls for a “Year 2000” Committee at Trustees Meeting 

  • Given pending separation from the NC Baptist Convention
  • Trustees approve Senate Committee to examine “Future of the University”
  • The Senate Committee presented its Report and Goals to the Board
    • Provide the best possible instruction for its students
    • Expand the horizons of knowledge through research and explore ways of applying the results of that research in the production of human values
    • Render appropriate services to the broader community 

1988-1992 — Strategic Planning Process initiated by President Hearn

  • Need for professional school space in transition from College to University
  • Strengthen Law and Business School education to match College
  • Increase undergraduate international education opportunities
  • Create an institutional financial plan

1992-1996 — The Plan for the Class of 2000 Developed

  • Improve the first-year experience (First Year Seminars)
  • Integrate information technology for learning (Laptop Program)
  • Add 40 faculty to lower the student-faculty ratio from 13/1 to 11/1
  • Scholarships for study abroad and faculty-student research 

2007-2009 — The Collegiate University Strategic Plan under President Hatch

NOTE: Details of this plan can be viewed at strategicplan.wfu.edu

  • Build exceptional faculty-student engagement
    • Establish Presidential Endowed chairs to recruit/retain faculty
    • Recruit 500 more students for more revenue and more diversity
    • New geographic reach to increase diverse/international students
    • Create an Undergraduate Research Center (URECA)
    • Establish Humanities Institute
  • Create and preserve opportunity
    • Admissions becomes test optional 
    • Cap loans for families earning less than $40,000
    • Increase need-based aid 
    • Build a new Admissions Center
  • Connect the Liberal Arts and the Professions
    • Create New Interdisciplinary/Cross-School Research Centers
    • Initiate Provost Fund for Interdisciplinary Academic Excellence
    • Expand the Teaching and Learning Center University-Wide
    • Integrate Undergraduate and Graduate Business Schools
    • Create Office of Academic Advising and OPCD 
  • Educate the Whole Person
    • Establish Magnolia Scholars Program
    • Add residence halls to improve student experience
    • Establish Institute for Public Engagement (now OCCE)
    • Renovate Dining, ZSR, Scales, Academic Public Spaces for Improved Student Experience 
    • Large-scale expansion of Study Abroad to Global Programs and Studies