The Top Visioning Questions You Need To Ask For Your Institution

The Vision for your institution is the essence of evolution from where you’ve been, where you are, and where you’re going. Your Vision is the comprehensive elements that define who you are. In addition to the Keys to Visioning for your college or university,

Six Keys to a Compelling Shared Vision for your College

Six Keys to a Compelling Shared Vision for your University

the questions below are what you should be asking yourselves in order to further describe your collective ambition:

Looking Back:

  • What was the process used to create your current vision?
  • Why do you think it was done that way?

The Current Situation:

  • If you were to ask a broad range of stakeholders about the institution’s vision, what language would they use?
  • How does the current vision align with the mission statement?
  • How is the current vision communicated and used in decision-making?

Looking Forward:

  • Who should be involved in the process of developing a compelling shared vision?
  • How and when should that dialogue take place?
  • What about your institution is special and can be used to differentiate it from others in the future?
  • Thinking about your institution in four or five years, what should be its defining characteristics?
  • What are the barriers to describing your future?
  • What is the best way to communicate the vision?
  • How will you know if you are successful in developing a compelling shared vision that is helping to move the institution forward?

Daniel Seymour conducts visioning retreats as part of CBT’s strategic planning work with four-year colleges and universities.  The “Visioning Questions” are adapted from his book Future College: Mission, Vision, and Values in Higher Education (Olive Press, 2016).