Strategic Plan: A Bold and Faithful Witness

Part 2: Implementation

2.2 Strategies and Action Steps

Goal 5 Luther Seminary will be a responsive learning organization supported by a culture of assessment and accountability.

At Luther Seminary, we have a lot to teach—and a lot to learn.

To accomplish our mission, we must become a responsive learning organization that actively and consistently anticipates the needs of the church and world, assesses our efforts to meet those needs, monitors change in the church and society, and adapts and responds faithfully to what we learn about ourselves and the world in light of our mission. We will, therefore, promote such practices as internal and external listening posts, focus groups, and regular conversations about our work in order to enlarge our circle of conversation partners and gather concrete data about our performance, and we commit ourselves to revise and adapt our practices based upon what we learn.

We do not yet know where this kind of listening and learning will lead us. Believing that it is God's Holy Spirit that leads us, we trust that the comprehensive assessment at the heart of the following strategies will enable us to discover what is working and can be strengthened, what is not and must be adapted or drawn to a close, and what we have not anticipated. Equipped with this kind of feedback, we then can create and tend an environment in which innovation and experimentation will lead faculty, students, staff, and partners to new insights, commitments, and practices.

Long-term strategies toward Goal 5

  1. Focusing on the formation of evangelical leaders in apostolic mission, develop a comprehensive and systematic plan to cultivate a learning community through experimentation and innovation in Luther Seminary and among its constituencies (2007-2008 and ongoing).
  2. Develop a process for integrating this learning into the life and work of the seminary (2008-2009 and ongoing).
  3. Develop a program that engages congregations in measuring student/graduate learning (2008-2009 and ongoing).
  4. Develop an academic and institutional administrative structure to support the thriving of such a learning culture (2008-2009).

2007-2008 action steps for Goal 5

Timeframe Action Step Leaders
November 2007 Form a committee of faculty, administrators, and board members to develop an administrative structure, budget, and position description(s) to support and oversee institutional research and assessment. Include representatives from the Contextual Leadership Initiative and Center for Lifelong Learning in order to explore how we can more effectively engage congregations in our assessment processes. President
November-December 2007 Develop and implement processes to ensure that academic and institutional assessment committees are in conversation with one another. President
November-December 2007 Engage outside consultant(s) to work with assessment committees--both academic and institution-wide--to develop assessment systems. President
January-June 2008 Begin searches for appropriate personnel to implement the plans developed by both committees President

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