2012 – 2015 Strategic Plan

CORE PRINCIPLES

The following Vision, Mission and Values statements articulate the cornerstones that direct and shape all of the Association’s work.

  • The Vision provides the ultimate organizational direction;
  • The Mission provides clarity of understanding regarding organizational definition; and
  • The Values provide the Association’s unique lens of essential belief.

While each is of equal and unique importance, they provide the clearest direction, understanding and impact when viewed as a whole.

AHEAD’s Vision:

AHEAD envisions educational and societal environments that value disability and embody equity.

AHEAD’s Mission:

AHEAD is the premiere professional association committed to equity and inclusion of persons with disabilities in postsecondary education. As an international resource, AHEAD:

  • values diversity, personal growth and development, and creativity
  • promotes leadership and exemplary practices
  • provides professional development and disseminates information
  • orchestrates resources through partnership and collaboration

AHEAD dynamically addresses current and emerging issues with respect to disability, education, and accessibility to facilitate discourse, system change and universal access.

AHEAD values:

  • Philosophy, thinking, and paradigms that view disability as the interaction between person and environment
  • Diversity throughout the Association;
  • Equitable, just, sustainable, and usable postsecondary environments;
  • Professionals who respect and nourish student autonomy and work as allies to design inclusive communities; and
  • Organizational strength that sustains essential resources and supports growth.

Strategic Objectives and Goals

Goal 1:  Achieve a dynamic and sustainable organization and membership

Objective I:  Develop and implement a 5-year financial plan to increase revenue by 2-4% annual

Target Responsible party Time line
Develop 5-year plan that identifies strategies for financial growth Executive Director, Treasurer Plan presented to BOD- Spring 2012
Achieve 2-4% growth in revenue Executive Director End of FY 2012
Achieve 2-4% growth in revenue Executive Director End of FY 2013
Achieve 2-4% growth in revenue Executive Director End of FY 2014
Achieve 2-4% growth in revenue Executive Director End of FY 2015
Achieve 2-4% growth in revenue Executive Director End of FY 2016

Objective 2:  Research and, if feasible, establish a supplemental organization or foundation with responsibility for developing external revenue to support the goals of the Association

Target Responsible party Time line
Appoint  ad hoc committee to research establishment of a fund development organization President Winter 2011/2012
Report on the feasibility of a supplemental organization/foundation Ad hoc committee Spring 2012 BOD meeting

Objective 3:  Develop and implement an aggressive membership growth plan

Target Responsible party Time line
Achieve membership of 3,000 Membership SC  & Staff End of FY 2014
Achieve membership of 3,300 Membership SC & Staff End of FY 2017

 Objective 4: Develop a five-year plan for implementing a project-specific, external-funding program.

Target Responsible party Time line
5-year funding proposal developed Executive Director & Board of Directors Spring 2013 BOD meeting

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Goal 2:  Provide leadership to promote equitable, just, sustainable and usable postsecondary environments

Objective 1:  Develop and implement a legislative and public policy agenda to respond to current issues and inform members of developments

Target Responsible party Time line
Develop, present & approve 2-year public policy plan Public Policy SC; Board of Directors Fall 2012 BOD meeting

Objective 2:  Anticipate, monitor, respond to and inform members of emerging issues in disability and postsecondary education. 

Target Responsible party Time line
Develop sustainable strategy to continuously monitor and effectively communicate & address emerging issues  Board of Directors, SC Chairs & Executive Director Spring 2012 BOD meeting

Objective 3:  Formulate a strategic research agenda that establishes AHEAD as a leader in developing and documenting effective practice and informs the field of disability and postsecondary

Target Responsible party Time line
Research the feasibility of creating a staff position focused on research  Executive Director Fall 2011 BOD meeting
Develop and implement a system of collaborative creation between staff and volunteer committee to shepherd research agenda. Executive Director, Research Committee Chair & BOD Spring/Summer 2012 and ongoing

Objective 4:  Monitor and inform members of international policies and research that have relevance to the field of disability and postsecondary education



Target
Responsible party Time line
Develop means of sustainable and effective means of engagement between AHEAD and those in other countries. Membership SC & BOD Spring 2012 BOD meeting
Develop sustainable strategy to continuously monitor international developments  Board of Directors & Executive Director Spring 2012 BOD meeting

Objective 5:  Collaborate with organizations that intersect disability in postsecondary education to grow Association capacity, develop allies and enhance understanding of disability and access



Target
Responsible party Time line
Identify and prioritize target organizations Board of Directors Fall 2012 BOD meeting
Plan and implement sustainable strategy for developing and maintaining relationships Board of Directors Fall 2013 BOD meeting

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Goal 3:  Integrate diversity throughout the Association

Objective 1:  Evaluate the demographic characteristics of the membership annually and use the data to target underrepresented constituencies and increase the diversity of the membership 



Target
Responsible party Time line
Develop & approve member survey Diversity SC; Board of Directors Spring 2012 BOD meeting
Deliver member survey; compile and report results Staff Fall 2012 BOD meeting; ongoing annually
Develop, present & approve 2-year diversity plan Diversity SC; Board of Directors Spring 2012 BOD meeting

Objective 2:  Achieve and maintain a diverse Board of Directors



Target
Responsible party Time line
Review and revise, as necessary, policies and practices to infuse a sustainable commitment to diversity; Board of Directors Winter 2011/2012 and ongoing
Review Board composition and use Director appointment to ensure representation of diverse racial, ethnic and disability characteristics on the Board President Following each election and prior to appointment

Objective 3:  Actively recruit members from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and Tribal Colleges

Target Responsible party Time line
Develop and present strategy to recruit actively from these institutions; targets established Diversity SC Fall 2011 and ongoing
Member recruitment plan initiated Membership SC, and Staff Targets monitored annually

Objective 4:   Promote the inclusion of disability in campus diversity agendas and the importance of diversity in disability services work

Target Responsible party Time line
Develop resources to enhance members’ skill in infusing disability into diversity initiatives on their campuses Diversity SC Summer 2013
Create  best practice model for welcoming diverse students into campus disability resource offices  Diversity SC Summer 2014

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Goal 4:  Create, coordinate, refine and deliver comprehensive professional development opportunities 

Objective 1:  Identify and review annually the knowledge, skills, and abilities important to a range of disability resource professionals in postsecondary education.

Target Responsible party Time line
Develop, present & approve 2-year professional development plan Professional Development SC; Board of Directors Spring 2012 BOD meeting

Objective 2:  Ensure that all professional development programming and materials are consistent with and reflective of the Association’s values of diversity, equity, sustainability and disability scholarship

Target Responsible party Time line
Develop and present a guiding document to reference in identifying standards for professional development content Professional Development SC; Board of Directors Fall 2013 BOD meeting

Objective 3:  Develop a slate of professional development opportunities that includes face-to-face training, distance education and Web and print-based resources and meets the training and resource interests of full and part-time DS professionals (with a variety of specializations)

Target Responsible party Time line
Research, identify and present recommendations on effective distance education delivery systems Technology SC Spring 2012 BOD meeting
Develop and implement strategies to identify training interests of various DS professionals Professional Development SC; staff On-going

Objective 4:  Provide professional development opportunities that enhance member knowledge, skills, and abilities requisite to working with diverse student populations

Target Responsible party Time line
Research and collaborate to identify requisite skills and offer programming and resources Diversity and Professional Development SCs Summer 2013

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Goal 5:  Create and disseminate resources that further and address disability and postsecondary education

Objective 1:  Develop and maintain a dynamic, interactive Association Website that disseminates high quality, relevant and timely information to a variety of users

Target Responsible party Time line
Review current Website and  recommend changes in structure, format and content Member Services and Technology SC Fall 2013 BOD meeting
Implement changes or initiate development of new Website Board of Directors; Executive Director; staff Completed by 2014

Objective 2:  Produce and disseminate pertinent publications of interest to members, education and disability professionals, students and families 

Target Responsible party Time line
Review and recommend changes to AHEAD Professional and Program Standards and Ethics Professional Development SC & BOD Fall 2012 BOD meeting
Review, edit and develop models of best practice Professional Development SC; staff On-going (establish target dates for various items)
Develop resources for students and families Professional Development SC; staff On-going (establish target dates for various items)
Identify and produce materials that address DS management skills, emerging issues, etc. Professional Development SC; staff On-going (establish target dates for various items)