Xavier University recipient of 2015 Platinum Facilitation Impact Award

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Xavier University Receives Platinum Facilitation Impact Award for Katrina Recovery Planning

NEW ORLEANS (September 22, 2015) – Xavier University of Louisiana’s strategic planning post-Hurricane Katrina has earned it a 2015 Platinum Facilitation Impact Award from the International Association of Facilitators (IAF).

The award, the highest level accommodation given by IAF, is in recognition of the University’s successful strategic initiative which sought the engagement of students, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees in both its development and its implementation.

“The Facilitation Impact Awards celebrate the power of collaboration, which is often the difference between success and failure,” said Kimberly Bain, IAF global chair. “Group facilitation, group process methodologies, and high levels of stakeholder buy-in can yield measurable, impactful results!”

Check out the video below for an introduction on the IAF awards.

This year the IAF evaluated 42 non-competitive nominations from businesses, governments and not-for-profits from around the world. Only 20 earned awards (1 Platinum, 9 Gold, and 10 Silver), with Xavier University being the only one to receive platinum recognition.

“The devastation resulting from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 forced Xavier University to shut down for four months to rebuild,” said Dr. Ronald Durnford, Xavier University Vice President for Planning, Institutional Research and Assessment. “After losing a large fraction of the student body and finding the initial new freshman class less than half the pre-Katrina class, we felt it was vital to the future of the university that we develop a strategic plan which established priority outcomes and included specific actions plans for achieving those goals.”

The result was its successful initiative, “Overcoming the Long-Time Impact of Katrina through Strategic Planning and Implementation,” which over time achieved the following results:

  • An increase in the graduation rates in the College of Pharmacy from 72 percent to 82 percent
  • An increase in the percentage of graduates going on to professional/graduate school or begin working in a profession related to their degree from 50 percent to 53 percent
  • The addition of two new academic programs
  • An increase of net resources of more than a quarter-million dollars
  • An increase in freshman applications

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