Stetson University

The Planning Process

In 2013-14, the Stetson community engaged in the development of a new Strategic Map. This inclusive planning process culminated in the approval of the 2014-19 Strategic Map by the Stetson University Board of Trustees in May 2014. 

2014-19 Strategic Map

2011-14 Strategic Map

"Seeing Stetson In Context" Open Discussions

The Stetson community was invited to think big, toss ideas around, examine major trends in higher education and assess the opportunities that lie before us. The Resources page on this website served as a starting point.

  • Oct. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m. - Lynn Business Center, Room 124
  • Oct. 14 from 3 to 4 p.m. - Carlton Union Building, Faculty Lounge
  • Oct. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. - 308 Elizabeth Hall
  • Oct. 15 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. - Carlton Union Building, Faculty Lounge

Online Survey

In October 2013, we launched a short, anonymous, open-ended survey that asked the Stetson community for their thoughts on Stetson's strengths, critical issues we face, and key priorities we should establish. 

Planning Process and Timeline (updated)


  • October 7-21 - Online Survey
  • October 14-15 - Open Discussions
  • October 15-16 - Focus Groups, Gulfport*
  • October 16 - Focus Groups, Celebration*
  • October 17-18 - Focus Groups, DeLand* (coinciding with Board of Trustees meeting)
  • November 6-7 - Vision Session**


  • January-February - Open Feedback Sessions on Vision sketch
  • February 19-21 - Board of Trustees' review of Vision sketch
  • March 3-4 - Mapping Session**
  • March-April - Vetting of proposed Strategic Map with the community
  • May 8-9 - Board of Trustees' review and approval of 2014-19 Strategic Map
  • Summer: Creation of the Vision Statement from final vetted Vision sketch
  • Fall: Implementation of Strategic Map begins

* Focus groups, facilitated by TSI Consulting Partners, Inc., with invited representation from students, faculty, staff, administration and trustees

** The vision and mapping sessions, facilitated by TSI, involved approximately 25 representatives from various Stetson University constituencies who were asked to think about a 10-year visioning horizon. They examined focus group and survey feedback.

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