FUture Focused
FURMAN UNIVERSITY STRATEGIC PLAN 2024-2029

Introduction

Rooted in a history of academic excellence and driven by teacher-scholars and a spirit of educational innovation, Furman will fortify its position as a premier liberal arts and sciences university. Recognized nationally for The Furman Advantage and other transformative programs, the university will expand its vision of providing world-class opportunities to every student and deepen its dedication to student-focused academics and community impact.

With the university’s bicentennial in 2026 on the horizon, the FUture Focused Strategic Plan (PDF) will guide Furman and its faculty and staff through 2029.

Priority One | UNIVERSITY OF INNOVATION AND IMPACT

Position Furman as a premier liberal arts and sciences university recognized for delivering a high-value, individualized learning experience through the teacher-scholar model, a culture of innovation, and thought leadership.

Objective 1:

Become a National Leader in Individualized Learning and Student Outcomes

Objective 2:

Cultivate Real-World Problem Solvers to Lead Community Impact in Greenville and Beyond

Objective 3:

Drive A Culture of Innovation

Priority Two | THRIVING COMMUNITY

Cultivate a vibrant, interconnected community where students, faculty, and staff flourish, engagement thrives, and wellbeing is prioritized.

Objective 1:

Prioritize wellbeing, growth, and a sense of belonging

Objective 2:

Cultivate a Community of Discourse and Inquiry

Objective 3:

Improve Financial Stability for the Furman Community

OBJECTIVE 4:

Lead in responsible stewardship for our planet

Priority Three | SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

Foster a dynamic and sustainable future as we enter our third century.

Objective 1:

Bolster our Financial Foundation

Objective 2:

Articulate the Furman Brand

The university community has endorsed a bold vision for its future, and this vision can only be achieved through thoughtful, coordinated, and collective action across campus.

Strategic Planning Process

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Timeline

  • Kickoff/Partnered with Credo – December 2022
  • Credo presents framework to Board of Trustees – February 2023
  • Community Day planning workshop – February 2023
  • Summer Board Retreat – August 2023
  • Planning Team launched – October 2023
  • Planning Team meetings – October and December 2023
  • Campus feedback sessions – Nov. 9, 17, and 27, 2023
  • Strategic Planning Team report – December 2023
  • Draft of strategic plan presented to Board of Trustees – February 2024
  • Strategic plan shared with the faculty and campus – March 2024
  • Faculty endorses plan – April 2024
  • Board of Trustees approves plan – May 2024
  • Working groups begin to operationalize – Summer 2024

Strategic Planning Team

The Strategic Planning Team considered the input from Community Day, the Senior Administrative Team and the Board of Trustees to narrow the focus of the strategic plan. Credo, the consultant assisting Furman with the development of the strategic plan, facilitated the work of this team. The planning team shared the outcomes of their conversations and work with the campus community and sought feedback. President Davis and the Senior Administrative Team reviewed and shared a draft with the Board of Trustees, which provided additional feedback being incorporated into the draft.

In Spring 2024 (and beyond) working groups (some existing), will operationalize, execute and assess the progress on the plan’s initiatives.

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Strategic Planning Team Members

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