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Strategic Plan 2010-2015

In 2010, Bethel’s leadership sought to establish a strong culture of planning at the university with the intent of advancing our mission in a rapidly changing environment.

The strategic plan, which was intended to guide the university over the next 5 years, was integral to that effort. The plan helped to clarify priorities for investing resources, including time, energy, and money. It also was used to guide and direct our operational planning throughout the university.

Stewardship Committee

The goal of the Strategic Plan Stewardship Committee was to ensure follow-through on all 38 strategic initiatives.

The team met monthly to review progress, understand new developments that could alter the accomplishment of an initiative, and make any recommended next steps to the president. The committee was comprised of faculty and staff representatives from across the university.

Committee Members

  • Laurel Bunker
  • John Cionca
  • Deb Harless
  • Lori Jass
  • Joe LaLuzerne (chair and convener)
  • Sherie Lindvall
  • Craig Paulson
  • Beth Peterson
  • Wayne Roosa
  • Sarah Sauerbry
  • Edee Schulze
  • David Stewart

Resources for the Bethel Community

Bethel community members can download the latest version of the strategic plan as well as initiatives broken out by year:

At the February 2014 Board of Trustees meeting, President Barnes spoke about strategic directions for the university, which are outlined in the Strategic Direction 2021 document (pdf).

Strategic Coalition

In May 2014, a board-initiated project called the Strategic Coalition began. The project involved trustees, senior administrators, and faculty from all schools who were asked to develop a vision and set of strategic objectives to guide the university from 2015-2025, bringing the 2010-2015 Strategic Plan to a close.