Strategic Framework Development at the George Washington University

Since the start of President Granberg’s presidency on July 1, 2023, the GW leadership team has been meeting with members of our community, including faculty, students, staff, alumni, and university partners, to identify GW’s unique strengths and areas of opportunity. Throughout these engagements, it has become clear that our university is well-positioned to begin the development of a new strategic framework that can guide GW’s future growth over the next five to ten years.

However, before this formal framework development process can begin, it is important that we better understand the future for which we are planning and identify the challenges and opportunities higher education will face moving forward. To do this, we are launching a series of discussions on GW’s future in the form of virtual conversations open to all members of the community. Information on these conversations is below.

The Provost’s office has been charged with operationalizing this process, including the forthcoming future-focused conversations.

It is important to remember that these future-focused conversations are just the first step in a long-term process. Along the way, we are committed to providing several opportunities for the community to engage and share their thoughts, such as in the feedback form on this page.

Please check back here for updates on the process.
 

Future-Focused Conversations

These one-hour dialogues will focus on several key areas, including the future of work and the workforce, the future of higher education, and the future of knowledge. 

Based on the themes that emerge from these conversations, GW leadership will produce a report that will be shared with the community for feedback and then presented to the GW Board of Trustees at the May 2024 meeting. Following the Board’s review and endorsement of the report, the formal strategic framework development process will commence in the fall of 2024.

Dates and times for the first round of conversations, each open to members of the noted constituency groups, are listed below. Each session will be open to the first 50 registrants to encourage robust conversation. More sessions will be added on an as-needed basis.

View the questions in advance of the conversations here. For those who cannot attend one of the events or wish to share their thoughts online, a feedback form can be found here.
 

Faculty

Full-time faculty sessions:

  • Wednesday, February 28 at 2:00 pm (Past)
  • Thursday, February 29 at 5:00 pm (Past)
  • Friday, March 1 at 10:00 am (Past)
  • Tuesday, March 5 at 12:00 pm (Past)
  • Wednesday, March 6 at 2:00 pm (Past)

Part-time faculty sessions:

  • Monday, March 4 at 12:00 pm (Past)
  • Wednesday, March 6 at 5:00 pm (Past)
Students
  • Monday, March 4 at 4:30 pm (Past)
  • Tuesday, March 5 at 6:00 pm (Past)
Staff
  • Monday, March 11 at 4:00 pm (Past)

  • Tuesday, March 12 at 2:00 pm (Past)

  • Thursday, March 14 at 1:00 pm (Past)

  • Tuesday, March 19 at 12:15 pm (Past)

  • Thursday, March 21 at 12:15pm (Past)

 

Timeline

February 2024

Announcement of Strategic Framework Development

Early Spring 2024

Advance Work: Future-Focused Conversations and Special Engagement Sessions

Spring - Summer 2024

Strategic Theme Development; Board of Trustees Endorses Thematic Report

Academic Year 2024-25

Build Out and Finalize Strategic Framework

Spring 2025

Board Approves Strategic Framework

 

Updates

 

Questions for Future-Focused Conversations

Faculty

Please move beyond your discipline to think broadly.

The Future of the Workforce

  1. What do you think your students (especially undergraduates) need to know five to ten years from now that they don’t know now?
  2. What skills do you think your students (especially undergraduates) will need to have five to ten years from now that they do not have today?

The Future of Higher Education

  1. What sorts of intellectual issues is GW best positioned to explore? How can we make an impact?
  2. How do you see your role as a professor changing in the next ten years?
  3. Do you think research will have the same place — or a different place — in our endeavors ten years from now?
  4. What is the most serious threat GW faces when it comes to competition in the field of higher education?

The Future of Knowledge

  1. What do you see as the most exciting/challenging intellectual issues today? What possibilities are provided by exploring those issues?
  2. How do you think our fields of inquiry will have changed ten years from now? Why?
Students

The Future of the Workforce

  1. What do you hope to gain from your education at GW?
  2. What skills do you think you will need in order to be successful in your career?
  3. Where do you expect to be five years from now? What will you be doing? What will you have accomplished?

The Future of Knowledge

  1. Why did you choose GW? Was it the right choice?
  2. What is your biggest frustration at GW?
  3. What about your experience here excites you? What surprises you?
  4. If you could change one thing about GW, what would it be?
  5. GW is an AAU university, which means research is a big deal here. Does that make any difference to you?
  6. What should the college experience be five years from now?  How is it different from the college experience today?

The Future of Higher Education

  1. What new ideas are particularly interesting to you now?
  2. What ideas do you think will be important to explore five years from now?

 

Staff

The Future of the Workforce

  1. Does it make a difference to you that you work at a university? Why or why not?

  2. Are you studying anything here to advance your career?

  3. What skills would make you a more effective employee five to ten years from now?

  4. What do you think students (especially undergraduates) need to know five to ten years from now that they don't know now? 

  5. What skills do you think students will need to have ten years from now that they don’t have today?

The Future of Higher Education

  1. Does it make any difference to you what academic or co-curricular initiatives GW undertakes?

  2. Do you imagine doing your job differently in five to ten years? If so, how and why?

  3. What sorts of intellectual issues is GW best positioned to explore? How can we make an impact?

  4. Do you think research will have the same place, or a different place, in our endeavors ten years from now?

  5. What is the most serious threat GW faces when it comes to competition in the field of higher education?

The Future of Knowledge

  1. What do you see as the most exciting/challenging intellectual issues today? What possibilities are provided by exploring those issues?
  2. How do you think our fields of inquiry will have changed ten years from now? Why?
Alumni

The Future of the Workforce

  1. What are the most important skills you acquired at GW?  
  2. In your field of work, what skills do you see being most relevant five to ten years from now? 
  3. In what ways did your GW education help advance your career?

The Future of Higher Education

  1. If you were to return to GW now, what would you do differently?
  2. What would you like GW to do differently to prepare students for the future?
  3. What are the biggest challenges we will face ten years from now?

 

Feedback Form

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