An Institutional Plan (IP) is an ongoing process that tells us where we are, where we want to be, and how to get there. It’s a comprehensive analysis of our current situation, with an appraisal of where we see ourselves in the future and how to reach our goals, whether they be two or ten years away.

Our IP Task Force is spearheaded by George Iwama, Marjorie Wonham and Bonny Randall, with the help of Experiential Learning students and input from the SRC, our alumni, and the rest of the Quest community. See SRC president Nicole Zanesco’s interview with Quest President George Iwama.

The IP cycle consists of four phases: 1. PREPARE. 2. PLAN. 3. DO. 4. REVIEW.


We are now underway in the PREPARE phase, which includes three steps.

A. MVV. In spring, 2017, after soliciting input from the Quest community, we articulated our Mission, Vision, and Values, which will serve as the foundation for the rest of our Institutional Plan.

B. Destination Quest.

In Part 1 of Destination Quest (November-December 2017), we invited input on your dreams and desires for Quest’s future. Students, staff, faculty, alums and other Quest friends shared their ideas and wish-lists on a host of issues both in person and online. Thank you! We have been diligently reviewing every submission.

In Part 2 (January 2018), we are compiled and sorted your input to identify major themes. This progress update below provides a snapshot of what we have read and heard.

Below, we invite your comments as we continue to finalize this work. President Iwama will talk about the themes that have emerged from this process at 8pm on February 23, Day 1 of the Our Futures Conference. The final report, including an appendix with all the raw input, will be available here later in February.

Here are some fast facts about how many people have contributed to Destination Quest input and sorting:


In the Venn diagram, you will see the three main themes that emerged from your input:

  1. Community: suggestions related to organizational structure, process, and culture on campus;
  2. Education: suggestions related to the core curriculum and to organized co-curricular educational activities;
  3. Physical Spaces: suggestions related to current and future physical spaces on campus.

You will also see the various categories that are linked to each of those themes.

In the final report, which we expect to post later in February, you will see the categories as they relate to questions like diversity, sustainability, and accessibility.

To see more detail, download the working list of themes and categories.