Strategic Plan Moves Forward

Phase two has been completed in the UW School of Law’s drive to define a strategic plan.

On April 13 and 14 Pete Wentz of New Vistas Consulting reported on the progression of the plan, including major strategies and implementation steps. The school has begun defining achievement goals, including everything from what kind of lawyers the UW law school should produce, to what kind of faculty scholarship should be encouraged. Earlier research assessed perceptions of faculty reputation, faculty scholarship, clinics, programs and centers, faculty hiring and the culture within the school; perceived strengths and weaknesses of the school; plans for the strategy going forward; and barriers to successful development and implementation of the plan.

“A strategic plan is critical to our success as a school, and is but one step we take on the path to becoming an eminent U.S. law school,” said Dean W. H. (Joe) Knight. “Engaging faculty, staff and alumni in this process is absolutely key to developing a plan that truly represents the vision of this institution.”

One more round of discussions is scheduled for the last week in May, at which time a draft of the plan will be presented to members of the Law School Alumni Association and Washington Law School Foundation. The school is currently on target to present the final strategic plan to the community in September.