The Albany Academies is currently working within a strategic framework that was developed in 2013 and concluded in 2018. With new school leadership in place, we are now poised to create a new five-year strategic plan.
Periodic updates will be posted to the site, as well as featured in future Head’s Letters. For current school constituents, updates on the plan will be formally provided at an annual “State of the School” address given by the Head of School, and informal updates will be provided to faculty and staff at professional development opportunities.
An effective strategic planning process and the resulting plan serve as a roadmap for the future. Similar to planning a trip itinerary, the process identifies the optimum opportunities and outcomes we believe The Albany Academies can provide for students, families, faculty, and staff, and develops strategic paths for realizing them.
The plan and process will help us:
Enroll in a shared, aspirational vision for the future of the School
Realize our mission in the most effective way possible
A strategic planning process will lead to a set of decisions about what are current priorities for The Albany Academies and what are not current priorities. With this in mind, while all good ideas will be heard and considered, only a few of them will ultimately be distilled through the planning process into major goals and objectives. These will represent what are determined to be the highest leverage activities that maximize the School’s effectiveness and provide optimal outcomes for our students.
An Expert Facilitator. The Albany Academies are fortunate to have formed a partnership with Trustee Jennifer Amstutz P’19, ‘21, who has significant experience working with nonprofit organizations in facilitating strategic planning processes. Jennifer will be offering invaluable guidance and leadership for both the process and the plan.
Key Stakeholders. Everyone with a stake in the school will be invited to participate, including students, faculty, past and present families, alumni and alumnae, administrators, trustees, and friends of the School who might provide valuable insight into the future needs of our graduates.
A Strategic Plan Committee. A small, ad-hoc Strategic Plan Committee has been formed by the Board of Trustees staffed with volunteers who are representative of many of the key stakeholders listed below. This committee has been formed for the express purpose of organizing and developing a Strategic Plan for 2019 through 2024. It is responsible for:
The Logistics of the planning process
Gathering information from Key Stakeholders
Analyzing and presenting data to the Board of Trustees
Assisting the Board of Trustees in framing objectives and developing strategic paths
The Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees authorizes the strategic plan, governs the policies and resources necessary to implement the plan, and regularly monitors progress on plan goals. Click here to view the Board of Trustees.
The Leadership Team. The School’s Leadership Team is responsible for operationalizing the strategic plan and regularly reporting on progress towards plan goals. The Leadership Team is comprised of:
Bramble Buran, Director of Enrollment Management
Chris Lauricella, Head of School
Pamela MacAffer, Chief Financial Officer
Scott Milliken, AA Associate Head of School
Shelly Reid, Assistant to the Head of School and Board of Trustees
Broad engagement with The Albany Academies’ key stakeholders, both through in-person forums and survey research
Review of pertinent existing data and documents
External sources that might provide insight into our marketplace and the future needs of our graduates.
Analysis of all this information will be conducted by the Strategic Plan Committee and presented to the Board of Trustees. Based on this analysis, the Committee will also highlight those issues that seem most critical for the Board of Trustees to consider when developing strategic plan goals and objectives. Once these strategic goals are formulated and approved, the Strategic Plan Committee and Leadership Team will partner on developing the tactical plans necessary to realize the major goals and objectives.
A section of the School’s website has been devoted to the Strategic Planning Process. Periodic updates will be posted to the site, as well as featured in future Head’s Letters. For current school constituents, updates on the plan will be formally provided at an annual “State of the School” address given by the Head of School, and informal updates will be provided to faculty and staff at professional development opportunities.
If you completed the Head’s Entry Survey, in the Spring of 2018, the information you shared is part of a data set that is being analyzed by the Strategic Planning Committee. This information will likely be supplemented by additional survey research, so If you receive additional survey requests from us we hope you will take the time to respond. Time will soon be scheduled for feedback sessions with volunteer groups and committees, as will focus groups and town halls for other constituents. This schedule of meetings will be updated on the Strategic Planning page of the Website.