As an initial step in the Flight Plan process, President Phil Oldham charged a steering committee representative of administrators, faculty, staff and students to review Tennessee Tech’s current strategic position and recommend initial strategic improvement directions. The assessment addressed questions such as:
- Where is Tennessee Tech today?
- Where are our gaps?
- Where are our greatest opportunities?
- How do we move forward?
The results of the assessment uncovered strengths, challenges and key differentiators that define Tennessee Tech. We now offer this website to the Tennessee Tech community to serve as a platform for a broader conversation on our future.
Success in this effort will not only be driven by the committee’s work, but by input from the community at large. The committee has, and will continue to, solicit feedback from stakeholder groups throughout the campus and community. This website serves as a point of information for status updates and will be supplemented by town hall forums and constituent meetings.
President Oldham's Blog Post regarding Flight Plan
Back to the Future...
From H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine to Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, we all seem to be intrigued by time travel. Despite changing circumstances and situations, our history influences our present and future much more than we generally care to admit as Marty McFly learns in the Back to the Future trilogy. However, Marty also ultimately learned the most important lesson of all. It is up to each of us to write our own future, regardless of our past.
In that very same spirit we introduce Flight Plan: Focused for the Future for the full consideration of the entire Tennessee Tech family. This is our opportunity to dream big dreams for what the future Tennessee Tech can be and how each of us can play a significant part in making those dreams come true.
Over the past three months, a select and dedicated group of your colleagues has been working with the Huron Consulting Group to identify Tennessee Tech’s current competitive position within the higher education marketplace. They have recommended a set of comparative peer institutions, identified primary metrics to track our relative position, and determined any current competitive gaps. They also recommend strategic priority be considered across four high-level focus areas:
- Improve Undergraduate Student Experience
- Transform Technology
- Create Distinctive Programs and Invigorate Faculty
- Expand Financial Resources and Modernize Infrastructure
The steering committee and consultants met with a large number of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends in this first phase to solicit suggestions and feedback. Your collective input has been extremely beneficial in getting Flight Plan to this point. However, this remains a work in progress and everyone’s input is strongly encouraged. Please review the plan as presented in the web site below and continue to provide your constructive feedback.
I am personally encouraged and excited by the future possibilities for Tennessee Tech. It is now up to all of us to make those dreams a reality.