Next up at Case Western Reserve: a fresh strategy


When Barbara Snyder took the reins at Case Western Reserve University in 2007, staff morale was low, the school faced a nearly $20 million operating deficit, and the public's confidence in the institution had waned considerably.

At one point, Progressive Corp. chairman and longtime Case Western Reserve contributor Peter B. Lewis derided the institution as "a diseased university that is collapsing and sucking Cleveland into a hole with it." But after five straight years of operating in the black, Ms. Snyder today steers a Case Western Reserve that is far different than the one with which the outspoken Mr. Lewis took umbrage early in the 2000s.

With its finances in order, the university now is early in the process of piecing together its next strategic plan, which Ms. Snyder said will guide Case Western Reserve over the next five years and will take the school to greater heights. Read the full article online or download a .pdf version.


Give input, get updates on university's strategic plan through new website


Case Western Reserve University is in the final year of implementing its strategic plan,Forward Thinking. As leadership looks to build on the goals accomplished in the first five years of the plan and create a new strategic plan for the future, a new website has been

On this website, members of the campus community can get an update on the planning process, learn about committees that will help steer the plan, and even give their input through an online forum.

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Steering Committee Kickoff

Provost Newsletter Fall 2012 (10/30/2012)

The Strategic Plan Steering Committee, composed of faculty, staff, student and alumni representatives, held its initial meeting Oct. 29. The first campus forums are being planned for Nov. 13 and 15. Stay tuned for more information on the forums and the launch of the strategic plan website.

Provost announces new strategic planning process
to build on university's progress

Posted: October 18th, 2012 | Author:

Provost and Executive Vice President W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III today announced the launch of a new strategic planning process to help chart Case Western Reserve‘s direction over the next five years. The initiative follows the nine-month campuswide effort that led to the university’s 2008 plan, Forward Thinking.

“Over the past five years we have made great progress on the priorities of Forward Thinking and developed a meaningful sense of momentum,” Baeslack said. “Our task now is to build on that foundation and position Case Western Reserve to make even greater gains in the future.” Full article