Strategic Plan: A Bold and Faithful Witness

Part 2: Implementation

2.2 Strategies and Action Steps

Goal 3 Luther Seminary's facilities will be transformed to support the teaching, learning, and community that take place on campus and around the world.

The right facilities promote excellence in teaching, learning, and our life together; extend the reach of our faculty and curriculum; and support leaders in apostolic mission.

Our facilities provide the primary environment in which we carry out our mission. In light of our strategic commitments and the changing realities of theological education, we will transform our facilities in order better to support the preparation of leaders. Recent and anticipated technological changes, increasing demands for distributed learning, Luther Seminary's expanding global reach, and a desire for spaces that reflect our commitment to hospitable community and concern for God's creation require many different types of facilities. These improvements may include a new library building, transformed student housing, and the development of the lower campus. The vision and rationale for reshaping our facilities is described in the Facilities Master Plan developed in light of and along with this strategic plan.

All plans and decisions made with regard to our facilities will conform to three overarching commitments:

  1. to foster community and hospitality,
  2. to create an environment conducive to sound and lively teaching and learning for residential and distributed students, and
  3. to model intentional and effective stewardship of God's creation.

Long-term strategies toward Goal 3

  1. Develop and implement a campus facilities master plan that responds to identified educational and administrative needs (2007-2008 and ongoing)
  2. Develop our imagination, commitment, and technological capacity and infrastructure to support residential and distributed learning (2007-2009 and ongoing).
  3. Build or renovate a community learning center/library (by 2012 or earlier as resources are available).
  4. Build or renovate other facilities identified as strategic priorities to accomplish our mission, in accord with the three commitments named above (2008-2012 and ongoing).

2007-2008 action steps for Goal 3

Timeframe Action Step Leaders
July-October 2007 Articulate and prioritize facility needs: educational, social, residential, and distributed. VP for Finance and Administration
September 2007-June 2008 Audit existing technological capacities for providing distributed education and identify needs (e.g., personnel, hardware, software, other infrastructure) Associate Dean; VP for Finance and Admin.; Information Technology staff
November 2007-January 2008 Explore a variety of solutions to the facility needs; select and prepare a detailed recommendation for the Boards. VP for Finance and Administration
February 2008 Boards approve Campus Facilities Master Plan (CFMP) Boards
February-May 2008 Prepare budget and timeline for CFMP. VP for Finance and Administration
February-May 2008 Review and revise CFMP, as necessary, with internal and external stakeholders (e.g., faculty, staff, students, boards, donors, neighbors, city, county) VP for Finance and Administration
February-May 2008 Hire architect and builder for CFMP. VP for Finance and Administration
February-May 2008 Continue conversations with potential commercial partners regarding development of Eustis Street property resulting in alternate revenue streams. VP for Finance andAdministration
February-June 2008 Prepare budget and timeline for upgrading technology and identify resources Associate Dean; VP for Finance and Admin.; Information Technology staff
February-May 2008 Conduct campaign feasibility study to determine potential philanthropic support for proposed facilities and make recommendation to the boards regarding the size, timing, and goals of a capital campaign (see also action steps for Goal 2 above) VP for Seminary Relations
May 2008 Boards authorize capital campaign Boards

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