U.S. Merchant Marine Academy issues new strategic plan
The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point issued its new strategic plan August 7. Entitled, The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Strategic Plan 2018-2023: Navigating Towards the Future Together, the plan was 18 months in the making and provides guidance and direction for the near-term future of the academy.
The plan contains six interrelated priorities and follows the strategic plan that expired in 2017. It is based on federal law and regulations, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education accreditation standards and requirements for merchant marine officer licensing and commissioning in the Armed Forces.
“The level of research and inclusion during the development process for the strategic plan was unparalleled at the academy,” said Rear Admirals Mark L. Buzby and James A. Helis, U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator and academy Superintendent, respectively, in a letter that accompanies the plan. “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 effort included members of industry, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and Midshipmen, all of whom were charged with ensuring that the project’s transformational goals were comprehensive and inclusive.
“The resulting strategic plan is an academy plan produced by the Merchant Marine Academy community and family, focused on effectively and efficiently operating the academy for the next five years and beyond,” said Helis.