In order to support the College’s mission, the strategic plan was developed with six major directions to serve as its guiding framework. Grinnell's model of strategic planning is one of distributed leadership. For each of the six major directions, there are faculty and staff co-leads and a corresponding administrative office.
Strategic planning is an ongoing process of evaluation, reflection, and improvement that helps the College set priorities, manage resources, define performance expectations, and ensure integrated actions. Its goal is to enhance the College’s ability to carry out its mission and core values. Each year, an annual action plan is developed based on the the results and experience of the previous year.