Since the end of spring semester, many members of the College community have helped advance the Strategic Plan. Following are a few of the initiatives that have progressed over the summer.
The Senior Staff is working with Spillman Farmer Architects to renew and refresh the Master Plan for the College. The Strategic Plan calls for upgrades and new facilities, and we are developing the first stage of planning and design to sharpen our vision for the future. We look forward to sharing these concept ideas as the Master Plan refresh process continues.
Waters Hall and Wenger Hall received welcomed attention with overdue coats of paint in June. Yet, the most dramatic change you will notice is Hilley Hall. This residence hall received a significant exterior facelift, leaving behind its legendary green and white facade for the updated palette. The new color scheme provides warmth and character to the beloved 50-year-old residence hall and complements other campus facilities. This exterior improvement is a part of the Strategic Plan’s emphasis on deferred maintenance and campus improvement.
The Marketing and Recruitment Initiatives Team (MRIT) collaborated with Howard/Merrell associates to develop a dynamic marketing communications strategy for the College. The new marketing communication strategies will be shared with the faculty and staff during FAST Days and will support the overarching strategic themes announced this past spring.
Finally, a campus retention model was developed to assist faculty and staff in identifying and supporting at-risk students. The model used a variety of campus data to create a predictive model specifically for the Barton community. The model will be shared with the campus community early in the fall semester.
We look forward to sharing more about the Strategic Plan progress in the days ahead.