NXT CONSULTING CLIENTS & PROJECTS
Portland Community College
NXT Consulting is advising the first-ever comprehensive strategic planning process for Portland Community College (PCC), Oregon’s premier community college with four campuses, eight centers, dozens of other locations throughout the Portland metropolitan area, and nearly 90,000 full and part-time students – more than any other educational institution in the state. In 2014, the College enacted a set of six very visionary strategic themes and “intents” to guide it into the future. NXT’s role has been to work with the College to develop implementable strategic plans. While each of the four campuses functions somewhat autonomously, NXT’s role has been to identify and develop plans that function across the campuses with a primary focus on student satisfaction, success and completion.
Oregon Recreation and Park Association
NXT Consulting advised in the development of a strategic plan for the Oregon Recreation and Park Association (ORPA), the statewide nonprofit organization serving the parks and recreation profession in Oregon through leadership, education, advocacy and member services. As its first-ever comprehensive strategic planning process, ORPA’s new plan addressed emerging trends and issues driving the future of parks and recreation (P&R). Conducted in two phases, NXT first worked with the Indiana University Center for Survey Research to conduct a comprehensive survey of the ORPA membership and then conducted an visioning retreat for the ORPA Board. These activities were followed by interviews with key P&R stakeholders, an environmental scan of the organization's external operating environment, and development of a strategic issues report. All of these activities fed into a strategic planning summit for state P&R leaders and development of a final strategic plan. The plan is notable for its menu-like approach and identification of “key move” initiatives that will help leverage the organization's resources in achieving it long-range vision. It was revealed at ORPA’s annual conference in November 2016.
Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
NXT Consulting facilitated a major strategic planning process for the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). NXT provided a full range of services for this complex planning effort, including stakeholder interviews, focus groups for administration, staff, faculty, graduate/undergraduate students, and alumni, an environmental scan producing three separate strategic issues reports, an online survey of 14,000 SPEA alumni (developed in conjunction with the IU Center for Survey Research), coordination of three strategic planning committees, two campus-wide workshops, and a final workshop for key decision makers. The result was three freestanding, interlinked strategic plans, including misson and values statements, visions, goals and strategies, for SPEA's planned growth and development for the next five years.
Portland State University, CLAS Science and Mathematics Plan
NXT Consulting guided the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Portland State University in developing its Science and Mathematics Plan – a comprehensive long-range strategy for science-related programs and research. This process incorporated a major environmental scanning process and report, PSU Science and Mathematics vision statement and strategic plan visions, recommendations and rationales covering five major focus areas. While focusing on CLAS, the Science Plan was linked to other PSU schools and colleges, as well as to major University-wide initiatives in the areas of health and biosciences, P-20 education and sustainability. In addition to PSU faculty and administrators, the process engaged key stakeholders from regional business, industry and education, linking PSU sciences to the region’s economy and workforce.
Portland State University CLAS and Graduate School of Education
NXT inventoried Portland State University's numerous programs serving K-12 teachers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and make recommendations to the University about enhancing and optimizing these programs. The NXT study demonstrated that PSU is playing a significant role in STEM education and teacher professional training with programs throughout the University. NXT made a number of recommendations to enhance their growth and support by the University, including development of a STEM Institute designed to better coordinate the University's offerings.
Saint Ambrose University
NXT conducted a visioning process for St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. This participatory process involved faculty, students, administration and trustees, as well as members of the wider community. NXT conducted an environmental scan and identified strategic issues facing the institution. Ultimately, the process resulted in a vision and specific recommendations for academic programs, enrollments, facilities, technology, finances, Catholic identity, and the University's role in society. The St. Ambrose vision guided subsequent University strategic planning, operations and a major capital campaign.
Linfield College, Portland Campus
NXT led a comprehensive long-range planning process for the Linfield College Portland Campus in Portland, Oregon. With its prominent Nursing Program, much of the Linfield process focused on higher education for health care and medical professions. The process incorporated a comprehensive environmental scan, strategic issues document and development of a preferred future vision for the institution, including its relationships with the Linfield’s main campus, local hospitals, universities and other nursing programs. NXT’s follow-up work (2004-05) with Linfield included strategic planning and organizational positioning work with administrators.
Nebraska Children and Families Foundation
NXT conducted a comprehensive board development and planning process for the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation based in Lincoln, Nebraska. NCFF works to eradicate the opportunity gap for children who are at risk by advancing policy and building community capacity, utilizing both federal and private philanthropic support. NXT’s work with NCFF included board member interviews and assessment, a board retreat utilizing customer analysis (Drucker Self Assessment Tool), development of an organizational vision, goals and strategies, and follow-up consultations on development of this organization during it early formative years.
Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst
NXT Consulting led a strategic visioning process for Mary’s Woods at Marylhurst, a continuing care retirement community in Lake Oswego, Oregon affiliated with Marylhurst University, and founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Mary and Jesus. The Mary’s Woods process was a comprehensive planning effort for one of the state’s premier retirement facilities, which provides a full range of housing options, active aging services, nursing and end-of-life care. The process included an environmental scan, exploration of alternative scenarios, creation of a long-range vision, development of a 5-year strategic action plan, and related organizational planning services. As a participatory effort, the visioning process involved the Mary’s Wood Board, administration and staff, residents and sisters, and members of the local community including the City of Lake Oswego.
Oregon State University Cascades (Bend, Oregon)
NXT Consulting was part of a design team led by Stemach Design and Architecture, Oregon to develop visionary concepts for a new, four-year campus for Oregon State University Cascades in Bend, Oregon. Anticipating the continued physical expansion of the fastest growing campus in the Oregon University System, the design team worked with enrollment projections and the University’s evolving academic concentrations to explore options for a new, four-year campus, incorporating both “greenfield/brownfield” and “adaptive re-use” scenarios. Outputs of this exercise were used by the University to successfully advance the four-year campus concept in the community and statewide. Transition to the new campus is expected to begin in earnest in 2015.
New Gately Academy, Portland, OR
NXT played a key role in the creation of this new non-profit that took over operation of Gately Academy, a private middle school for children with learning difficulties associated with ADD, ADHD and high functioning Autism from Providence Health and Services – Oregon. NXT provided services including organization as a new nonprofit, development of the board of directors, executive search for a new executiver director, and development of infrastructure for the School. The Academy successfully went independent on July 1, 2012 and is now known as Bridges Academy in Portland.
Portland Montessori School, Portland, OR
NXT also played a key facilitation role in creating this new non-profit that took over operation of the 50-year old Providence Montessori School on January 1, 2013. NXT services included managing the agreements of separation between the two entities, developing the Schools infrastructure, board of directors and successful application for 501(c)3 nonprofit status with the IRS. The School continues operation under a new board of directors and its current director.
Greater Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce
NXT Consulting conducted a strategic planning retreat for the staff, board and stakeholders of the Greater Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce. With its vast high tech and emerging “clean-tech” sectors, Hillsboro, Oregon is the economic engine of the state of Oregon, and the Hillsboro Chamber works at the nexus of business and industry in the area, providing information, education, advocacy and services to its membership. The Chamber retreat generated the organization’s first-ever three-year strategic plan, identifying both short-term actions and long-term strategies for a 2011-13 planning horizon.
National AHEC Organization
NXT has provided long-range and strategic planning for the National AHEC Organization (NAO), and affiliated regional Area Health Education Centers (AHECs). NAO works to enhance access to quality health care by improving the supply and distribution of healthcare professionals through community and academic educational partnerships, focusing on rural and medically underserved areas. Approximately 120 medical schools and 600 nursing and allied health schools work with the AHEC system. NXT facilitated two generations of strategic planning for NAO, focusing its continued effectiveness as the leadership organization for the national AHEC system. These events included customer analysis (Drucker Self Assessment Tool), visioning, strategic planning, and development of implementation strategies.