Upon the appointment of a new dean in July 2018, the Indiana University School of Social Work engaged in a two-year process to develop a new comprehensive and executable strategic plan. The inclusive process sought to recognize the School’s history and culture and invited broad participation of stakeholders to articulate, prioritize, and develop a clear vision and solid plan to guide the School for the next three to five years. The resulting strategic plan reflects a new vision, mission, and value statements, complemented by specific actions to build on past success and create the next chapter of social work education at Indiana University.
In fall 2018, the School began working with external consultant Concept Systems, Inc., an internal IUSSW Strategic Planning Group, and additional School stakeholders to develop a strategic plan framework. Our planning process utilized a series of methodologies, including an on-line survey, a World Café event, and Group Concept Mapping (GCM). The overall effort gathered, aggregated, and integrated the knowledge and opinions of IUSSW stakeholders, comprised of administrators, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community agency partners. All of the participants’ information served as the foundation for determining our vision, priorities, and strategies embedded in the plan. Groups of faculty and staff worked together using the collected data to map out specific goals, objectives, plans for implementation, and strategies to monitor and measure success.