The Path Forward
Texas A&M is in the process of a large, ambitious administrative reorganization of the university that will streamline operations to ensure we make the best decisions among competing priorities. The plan, called the Path Forward, will strengthen student outcomes at Texas A&M and better position the university for long-term success. Consider it a compass for an institutional realignment that will help us to continuously improve.
Some history: A&M President M. Katherine Banks asked the Aggie community last June and early fall to weigh in by taking surveys about the university, while the consulting firm MGT also conducted interviews and performed in-depth operational reviews. They produced a report in October, which can be read here. President Banks asked for feedback and received more than 1,200 pages for her review. She also met with a variety of leadership teams from across the campus and organizations to discuss the individual and collective responses from their groups. On Dec. 14, 2021, she released the Path Forward plan for the reorganization, detailing 41 recommendations.
From there, students, faculty, staff, former students and others from the Aggie community were invited to serve on working groups. Those 41 groups have more than 550 participants and are in the process now of meeting to plan for these changes. The chairs of each of those groups report to Vice President Greg Hartman, who is the chair of the Strategic Implementation Committee, which includes the Student Body President, Faculty Senate Chair and Staff Advisory Council Chair.
The goal is for the working groups to complete their charge by Sept. 1, so implementation can begin and be carried out through 2023.
"We have problems we've never faced before," Banks said about the pending changes. "We have opportunities we've never had before. This is a unique time in our history to position us to become one of the top universities in the nation. I have an obligation to take the steps necessary to achieve that goal."