Reviewing Data and Identifying Themes

The data from phase II was compiled into overview documents and presented to the Planning Take Force, as well as additional key stakeholders, at the Sense-Making Meeting in late May.

As a group, the data was reviewed and discussed in detail to identify key themes that emerged across audiences.

These themes included:

    • Value, Cost and Debt Associated with the Brown School
    • Community-Engaged Teaching and Scholarship in the St. Louis Region
    • Global Teaching and Scholarship
    • Technology and Data Infrastructure for Teaching, Research and Practice
    • Environmental and Climate Health
    • Our Identity as “One School” Across Programs
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
    • Transdisciplinary Partnerships in Teaching and Scholarship, within the Brown School and Across the University

A full recap of the Sense-Making Meeting can be found here.

Concept Papers

The broad themes outlined above will be developed into more detailed concept papers. The paper teams are composed of various School stakeholders who will be responsible for diving deeper into related data, researching the assigned theme, and presenting possible scenarios to the larger group.

The concept papers should:

    • Educate and inform readers who have little knowledge or expertise of the theme
    • Manage the information overload that can easily occur in a planning process
    • Offer an objective perspective: neutral in tone, presenting facts, not opinions, about each theme
    • Enable any reader, including external stakeholders, to grasp the critical elements of a particular issue and understand the decisions that need to be made

The final papers will be shared with individuals invited to the September 2019 Vision Conference. These individuals will represent faculty, staff, students, National Council, alumni, university leaders, and community collaborators. During the conference, attendees will identify the final set of strategic priorities to be included in the Brown School strategic plan.