Strategic Planning We Don't Just Help You Build A Plan We Stay With You As You Implement It

STRATEGIC PLANNING with Credo is an adaptive, community-engaged experience that leverages institutional strengths for growth and change. The partnership:

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    Results in a campus-owned, Credo-supported, action-oriented plan.
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    Nurtures a culture of planning rather than defining an episode of planning.
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    Guides plans that are KPI-aligned and measurable at all levels.
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    Builds campus capacity for strategic action while offering increased accountability toward goals.

The Credo strategic plan is one that is alive

The Credo strategic plan is flexible, adaptable, and iterative. We can lay our process into any existing plan at any point in your planning or implementation process. Combined with your insider ideas, we’ll provide diagnostic tools and data to track your progress and make sure you’re implementing your initiatives and successfully meeting your objectives over time.

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What do you get with a Credo strategic plan that you won't get elsewhere?

A plan grounded in the Thriving Framework

This research-based framework was developed through years of higher education consulting and more than 200 strategy discussions with college and university presidents. The Thriving Framework provided the basis for  “Surviving to Thriving: A Planning Framework for Leaders of Private Colleges and Universities,” and a copy of this book, along with the Thriving Framework Diagnostic Tool, is included for all participants of the leadership team retreat

A visual Strategy Map

Based off the Thriving Scorecard, your map will be a hybrid of the Thriving Framework and Kaplan and Norton’s Balanced Scorecard research, which is used exclusively in higher education and developed by Credo. Gone are the days of strategic plans bound into notebooks, gathering dust on a shelf. A Strategy Map brings visual focus to your institution’s most critical initiatives and allows for flexibility as initiatives are completed or urgency changes.


The Credo team will work with you to develop dashboards, track progress, and tie in Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in a seamless manner for ease of management and reporting. Our planning software has the ability to tie directly to campus databases, provide clear metrics, and function as effective planning support and management tools.

What Is A Strategy Map?

Adapted from the Balanced Scorecard, the Strategy map builds to your vision through articulating critical themes and objectives. Behind the map, prioritized initiatives support the success of each objective.


"The process of creating our new strategic plan has been energizing for the campus community and we are excited to begin implementation. What I really like about Credo's approach to strategic planning is the focus on metrics and accountability, as well as the hands-on attention that their consultants give to you during and after the process. It is a true partnership and they care about our success."

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Deanne D'Emilio, President, Gwynedd Mercy University

"Credo was able to quickly read the institution and help craft the right questions to frame our strategic planning work. Utilizing the community day approach, they were careful to listen to everyone, regardless of role at the institution. This set the stage for widespread buy-in among faculty and staff and moved toward a culture of planning with committees who took ownership of initiatives."

Colleen Perry Keith, Ph.D., President, Goldey-Beacom College
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Having the right partner at the table can be a game changer. We’d love to talk to you about how we can help your campus to flourish.