Lynn University launches design for the future

Lynn 2025 plan calls for expanding programs and creatively engaging students

Lynn faculty and staff collaborate through design thinking.

At Lynn’s annual Employee Recognition Breakfast, President Kevin M. Ross unveiled a new strategic plan with a rallying cry to engage, elevate and expand.

“Lynn University is defiantly optimistic about the future, and we’ve always been that way. We believe that we have a better future ahead of us, but it’s not just going to land in our laps. It is our job to create it,” Ross said.

Students, staff, faculty, alumni and administrators designed the new plan through exercises led by CIO Christian Boniforti. The approach, which he modeled after the design thinking process taught at Stanford’s d.school, began with a focus on “end users” and their unmet needs and priorities. It provides a framework for the community to work collaboratively to solve problems and develop creative strategies.

The new plan, dubbed Lynn 2025, establishes three priorities through the year 2025: engage constituents; elevate the Lynn experience; and expand programs, services, and capabilities.

The plan features a blend of experimentation and strategic opportunism that President Ross says is a hallmark of the Lynn way. “We have innovative ideas for curriculum, technology and campus design, but also want to leave room for the unexpected,” he said. “We accomplished 51 initiatives in our last plan, but still made time to take advantage of opportunities such as hosting a presidential debate and leverage new technology to launch iPad-powered learning."

James W. Guthrie, presidential fellow and professor in the Ross College of Education, was a contributor to the new strategy. “Lynn has an enormous opportunity because it is better adapted than any place I could easily imagine to pioneer a new paradigm for education in the United States and around the world. This is the only place I know where everyone is truly someone,” Guthrie said.

Read the full plan at lynn.edu/strategy.

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