Vision 2020: A Strategic Plan for Furman University is the product of a process that was broadly participatory. The strategic planning steering committee conducted forums with over 80 campus, community, and alumni groups, engaged a research firm to gather survey data from students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and prospective students, and created a strategic planning website for ongoing community discussion.
From these discussions, a strong community consensus emerged on many key elements of Furman's identity and future aspirations. Reflecting that consensus, this strategic plan is designed as a foundation for articulating the governing values and principles that will guide Furman through the decade 2011 to 2020.
Vision 2020 is not a laundry list of specific projects and programs presented as a mechanistic catalogue of "to do" goals to be checked off as achieved, as those projects and programs happen to present themselves to the Furman community. No snapshot of Furman's most pressing needs and priorities in October 2011 can reliably predict or direct decisions two, five, or 10 years into the future. Rather, this strategic plan is intended as a framework to channel discretion and guide the university community as it engages in an ongoing process of strategic and tactical deliberation and judgment in coming years.