This has been an extremely exciting period as we embarked on our first institutional strategic planning process in nearly 15 years. Together, we have developed a new mission, a new vision and new values. We have also outlined goals and objectives that will help us achieve our aspirations. Thanks to the collective leadership of all of you, we have collectively chosen where we want to go and who we want to be over the next five to seven years!
The next phase involves developing an implementation plan and aligning division, college, school and departmental strategic plans with our new mission and vision. Our instititutional and unit-level strategic plans will serve as our compass as we navigate an ever-shifting landscape. Given that our resources are generally limited, strategic planning is also about making choices and allocating new resources and reallocating existing resources towards those action items that will best help us achieve our vision while staying grounded in our mission.
Our new vision statement includes our aspiration to become a national leader in social mobility, especially the ways in which we serve our first-generation students. To achieve this vision with our students instead of for our students, we encourage you to explicitly include student input/voices in developing your action items and unit-level plans.
Questions for Discussion
- What activities/action items will best ensure that we achieve our vision in the foreseeable future?
- How is the environment within which we operate evolving? How do we adapt to recent changes and anticipate what is next?
- What do we not do or consider not doing?
- How do we exemplify and promote the values of our university in the action items we choose?
- What evidence do we collect to demonstrate progress in each area? What are the leading indicators that show the impact of our actions and what are the long-term measures that will result?