Suggestions sought for new RIC strategic plan

RIC has begun the process of developing a five-year strategic plan for the period 2010-15.

Ron Pitt, vice president for academic affairs, has appointed two co-chairs to lead the effort – Lesley Bogad, associate professor of educational studies, and Maureen Reddy, professor and chair of English. They are currently soliciting input on developing the new plan and request ideas from RIC administrators, alumni, faculty, staff and students.

No topic is out of bounds, according to the co-chairs. “No idea is too big or too small. Don’t decide to keep an idea to yourself just because you think it is too expensive, difficult, petty, obvious or obscure,” they said in an announcement.

Comments and suggestions on any aspect of the next five years at RIC can be sent to

For the last three years, Rhode Island College has been following through on the strategic plan that was developed in 2007 called Plan 2010.

Pitt said information now being collected on the new plan will be reviewed during the summer. This will be followed by discussions with the RIC community in fall 2009, and the completion of a draft in the fall semester. After review by the president’s cabinet and approval from Carriuolo, the final step will be to seek approval from the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education in spring 2010.

“Your participation will be crucial,” said Pitt. “Few people could have envisioned the changes that our society is undergoing at this time. The enormous challenges we face come also with tremendous opportunities for the college. Strategic planning is, therefore, coming at a perfect time and will be the means by which we build our core strengths and take advantage of the opportunities available to us.”