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Moving Forward Together

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has begun the strategic planning process to set the priorities that will guide our work over the next five years. We seek to be collaborative in this endeavor through the practice of Strategic Doing.

Our strategic plan will outline vital steps to enhance student success, expand our research strengths, and partner with our communities and the state of Vermont.


Save the Date

  • Wednesday, April 27: Virtual Interactive Meeting About Strategic Planning with Dean Anderson at 12 p.m.

  • Thursday, May 26: Strategic Planning Retreat. View agenda (PDF) >>

  • Friday, May 27: Leadership Team Debrief. View agenda (PDF) >>


What is Strategic Doing?

Strategic Doing is a process that enables groups to form collaborations quickly, define and move toward measurable outcomes, and make adjustments along the way. Participants are guided through structured conversations and workshop exercises to define opportunities, outcomes, projects, and action and follow-up plans.

Our planning efforts will focus on four key questions:

What could we do together?

What should we do together?

What will we do together?

What's our 30/30 (check-in plan)?


About the Planning Process

Noma Anderson, Dean, UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences

Dr. Noma Anderson was appointed Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences on February 1, 2021, following the 2020 expiration of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences' previous strategic plan. In researching approaches to apply to the next strategic planning process, the values and concepts of the Strategic Doing approach resonated deeply with the leadership team. A request for proposals outlining a year-long process that would apply Strategic Doing to the development of a new strategic plan was issued, and AtKisson Training Group (ATG) was selected to guide the project.

Ways to Get Involved

Your involvement is vital as we envision the future for our college. Please review opportunities to participate below.

Share your Ideas

Share your thoughts and ideas, which will guide the development of strategic objectives during the strategic planning retreat on May 26.


Volunteers are needed to assist during the planning retreat on May 26. All CNHS faculty and staff are welcome to volunteer and training is provided. Review responsibilities below and email Marty Hoak with interest.

  • Table Guides keep track of time and push people to focus on the framing questions; cut off people who stray too far afield; encourage participation; review ground rules; and lead by asking questions.
  • Knowledge Keepers participate and observe the conversation; capture the discussion in a concise and fair way; restate to the table what they hear; check what they wrote for accuracy with team members; and pace the table guide.
  • Chief Doing Officers become familiar with the idea of the learning loop; send reminder of tasks and follow-up 30/30 meeting; conduct 30/30 meeting; and recruit a Knowledge Keeper for the 30/30 meeting. (Role continues beyond May retreat.)

Strategic Doing Workshop Overview (PDF)


Next Steps

Beginning with the collection of ideas followed by a strategic planning retreat for faculty and staff on May 26, the CNHS strategic planning effort will culminate at the August 2022 college kickoff meeting with the presentation of identified strategic priorities and a plan to implement them into action.

2022 Strategic Planning Timeline


  • Introduction to Strategic Doing


  • Idea collection for strategic planning 


  • Virtual interactive meeting about strategic planning with Dean Anderson


  • Strategic planning retreat
  • Drafting of college strategic action plan

August onward

  • Development and implementation of projects to support identified priorities


View the 2016-2020 College of Nursing and Health Sciences Strategic Plan (PDF) >>