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We want to talk about Calvin’s future.

As a community, we are in the process of envisioning where Calvin will be in 10 years. We believe that any strategic process like this needs the voices of our students, staff, faculty, alumni, and supporters.

We’re all in this together, so let’s create a vision and build a plan that reflects who we are and what we value.

We’re counting on your participation to help us create a plan that reflects Calvin’s mission as a college, so we’ve created an online platform to have this dialogue:

The Calvin 2029 Community Forum

Your views are vital to creating this plan.

We’ve created this forum as an opportunity for you to take part by sharing and interacting with ideas, concerns, and hopes for what Calvin can become in the next ten years. This approach is based upon recommendations outlined by the Society for College and University Planning (more on SCUP).

This place is meant to facilitate good conversation.

This site has two primary purposes: to enable good conversation among all who have a stake in the planning process, and reflect back what’s being said in a meaningful, understandable way.

Beginning in November, you’ll be able to contribute your perspective, read the thoughts of others, and vote on ideas. The site will be accessible for the duration of the planning process and beyond.

First phase: 2017-2018 Academic Year Overview

Through October 2017 Preparation and research
November 2017 Community dialogue (where you come in)
December 2017 Analysis of findings
January – March 2018 Drafting and revising the vision and strategic issues
March 2018 – May 2018 Sharing and approving the vision

Upcoming live panel discussions

All faculty, staff and students are welcome to participate in any of the following live panel discussions in November.

Monday, Nov. 6

Calvin anytime? Calvin anywhere?
Willow Room, Prince Conference Center, 3:30pm

Thursday, Nov. 9

College/University question
Willow Room, Prince Conference Center, 3:30pm

Monday, Nov. 13

Research and scholarship question
Willow Room, Prince Conference Center, 3:30pm

Thursday, Nov. 16

Reformed/academic excellence/diversity question
Willow Room, Prince Conference Center, 12:00pm

How you can participate right now.

  • Watch for emails from the strategic planning team.
  • Attend the next president’s coffee, panel or department meeting.
  • Keep the conversation going with your peers.

We’ll keep you posted on the development of the site, occasionally asking some specific questions as we get started. Stay tuned.

A vision is nurtured and cultivated from a community. The seeds and nutrients for our future vision are already here. Together we will look backward with gratitude and forward with courage as we start to think about what Calvin might look like in 2029.

President Michael K. Le Roy

The Calvin 2029 Community Forum

Creating conversation. Making progress together.