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Strategic Planning

Strategic Plan


Building on a strong past and forging ahead to an even brighter future, Wilmington College is Rising! Soon after his announcement as the 19th president in October of 2020, Dr. Trevor M. Bates became highly engaged with WC’s leadership and the College community in building an understanding of how Wilmington College could address the challenges and opportunities facing the College in the years ahead. The result of this has been an ongoing and robust conversation outlined in the four steps below.


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The RISE innovation fund is an initiative from the Office of the President designed to support creativity and innovation at Wilmington College. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to “Dream Out Loud” and propose ideas that will support the college’s mission, vision, and values. Please contact the Office of the President for more information.

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Step 1: Guiding Perspectives COMPLETE

There are many challenges facing higher education today and we have identified six-challenges that are priorities for Wilmington College to address.

Step 1: Guiding Perspectives

Step 2: RISE Vision COMPLETE

The strategic vision: Wilmington RISE: now, near, & far! has been set and provides an overarching direction to guide the strategic planning process over the next five years (2021-2026).

Step 2: RISE Vision

Step 3: Aspirational Goals COMPLETE

Aspirational goals continue to be formed to set the 5-year strategic direction for where we will be headed over the next five years of this phase of our planning .

Step 3: Aspirational Goals

Step 4: Strategic Planning & Review Cycle COMPLETE

The process has been outlined to demonstrate how we, as a community, will contribute to identifying specific initiatives that will be prioritized in the “now, near, & far” to help the College, step by step, move forward together as Wilmington College continues to RISE!

Strategic Planning and Review Cycle

Step 5: Connecting Strategic Initiatives & Aspirational Goals

As strategic initiatives are developed and implemented, special care will be taken to ensure that each is demonstrably connected to a specific Aspirational Goal.
Connecting Strategic Initiatives & Aspirational Goals

Previous Strategic Plan

Previous Strategic Plan (2017-20)