March Planning and Resource Alignment Hearings hosted virtually for all faculty, staff and students

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Augusta University will once again host the Planning and Resource Alignment Hearings as part of its integrated planning process. Deans, vice presidents, and other administrative leaders will provide updates on the planning achievements of their college, school or division and share ideas for continuing advancement of the university’s priorities and goals outlined in the current strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries.

This year’s hearings will serve a critical role as Augusta University begins the process of renewing its strategic plan.

“The presentations from academic, research, and administrative leaders will enable us to reflect on the accomplishments guided by Beyond Boundaries while we also contemplate future strategies for reaching our vision to be a top-tier university,” said Dr. Russell Keen, executive vice president for external relations and chief of staff to the president.

The hearings were canceled last year as COVID-19 reached pandemic status and the university transitioned instruction to online modalities. Although the presentations did not occur, university leaders continued to pursue progress on Beyond Boundaries via goals within the colleges, schools and divisions. Readers can learn more about these 2020 accomplishments by visiting the Beyond Boundaries Progress Report.

This year’s hearings will be hosted virtually, and all faculty, students and staff are encouraged to join via Microsoft Teams. Presentations are scheduled for the mornings of March 22-26, with an additional afternoon session Wednesday, March 24. All presentations will be followed by questions and feedback from a panel of the institution’s executive vice presidents.

Augusta University’s new executive vice president for academic affairs and provost, Dr. Neil MacKinnon, will participate as a member of that panel for the first time this year.

“It’s exciting to join AU as we are transitioning from Beyond Boundaries to a new university strategic plan,” he said. “I look forward to the opportunity to engage with so many leaders who represent all the facets of the university and learn about their own visions for how they can lead their faculty, students and staff to advance the institution.”

Visit the planning webpage for the full schedule of presentations and to access the Teams links to virtually attend the morning and afternoon sessions. The presentation template and other materials are also available.

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