On December 4, 1987, a representative group of faculty and all administrators convened for a day to reflect on our past, discuss our present, and begin to make plans for the future of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. At that time, we discussed the need to engage in a formal process by which we would define who we were, what we were about, what we valued, and how we would direct our resources, (both financial and human), to achieve the goals that were inherent in the establishment of this unique institution.
This brief, but nonetheless intense discussion, resulted in the convening of a similar group to meet with an associate from Cambridge Management, (international consulting corporation in strategic planning), to discuss the process and discipline of strategic planning.
On December, 1988, Dr. Hatcher and I attended an intensive five-day training session on strategic planning.
In January, 1989, the process and discipline of strategic planning was presented to the Board of Trustees, and the Board unanimously approved our involvement in strategic planning and authorized the retention of Cambridge Management Associates to serve as external facilitators for our plan; Dr. Hatcher was designated as the Academy's internal facilitator.
A Strategic Planning Team, composed of twenty-five representatives of the IMS A community was selected, and on May 17-20, 1989, we engaged in the first planning session.
Since that time, IMSA's Strategic Plan has formally been modified twice; once in 1992, and again in 1993, following formal annual review sessions. The Strategic Planning Team has also undergone modifications due to changes in staff. However, despite the intense critique that the plan sustains on an annual basis, we have remained steadfast in our commitment to the development of ethical leadership and integrative thought through the discovering and forging of connections within and among the disciplines, and now in 1994, we have explicitly declared a new commitmentNthe transformation of mathematics and science teaching and learning through interconnections.
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, "Report of the Strategic Planning Team: Executive Summary" (1994). 1990-2000 Documents. 4.