It is axiomatic that higher education is going through a very challenging time. Shannon Polly came to the Landing School of Boatbuilding & Design at a pivotal time for the school. The Board of Trustees needed to evaluate strategic alternatives for this small, accredited career oriented college in the marine industry. Ideally we wanted a coming together that allowed our entire community to brainstorm, yet conclude with clear feasible alternatives for growth, increasing financial accessibility, and addressing the changing curricular delivery methodology.
Collaborating with the management team and Board, Shannon designed a highly effective session using key components of Appreciative Inquiry. The result was a planning architecture where all of the stakeholders were engaged, knew that their voices had been heard, and ultimately became very aligned about future objectives. The powerful concepts and vocabulary introduced by Shannon during that process has been adopted by the management, board, and faculty as we allocate resources going forward.
The ultimate beneficiaries of her work with us are the students– present and future.