USMMA issues new strategic plan after sex misconduct reforms

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The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA):

(KINGS POINT, N.Y.) — Today, the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point issued its new strategic plan. The plan, titled "The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Strategic Plan 2018-2023: Navigating Towards the Future Together," was 18 months in the making and provides guidance and direction for the near-term future of the academy.

“The level of research and inclusion during the development process for the strategic plan was unparalleled at the academy,” said Rear Adm. Mark L. Buzby and Rear Adm. James A. Helis, U.S. maritime administrator and academy superintendent, respectively. “The resulting product is a collection of hundreds of relevant data points from summits, interviews, surveys and sensing sessions, all captured comprehensively in the plan.”

The strategic planning team was made up of members of industry, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and midshipmen, all of whom were charged with ensuring that the project’s transformational goals were set and met, and with identifying and engaging key stakeholders who had a vested interest in the outcome of the process.

“The resulting plan is, in its truest sense, an academy plan produced by the Merchant Marine Academy community and family, focused on effectively and efficiently operating the academy over the course of the next five years,” said Helis.

Click here to see the plan.

Click here to read about the academy's reaccreditation after sex misconduct reforms.

Excerpt from the plan:

By Professional Mariner Staff