After more than a year of work, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee is pleased to present you with an opportunity to review and comment on the first draft of SCSU’s new strategic plan goals and objectives. As you know, President Papazian charged the 28-member Steering Committee in October 2013. The Committee organized itself into four work groups around four themes: academic excellence, scholarship and innovation, engagement, and resources and infrastructure. Each work group was co-chaired by a member of the faculty and one staff member. The Committee conducted several months of primary and secondary research on the respective themes. More than 60 individuals from across campus constituencies volunteered and assisted the Steering Committee in data gathering and other activities.
The four work group co-chairs submitted their groups’ recommended goals and objectives at the end of the 2014 spring semester. Over the summer and into this fall semester, considerable work has been done to bring consistency and a single voice to the document. The President and her Cabinet have collaborated with the Steering Committee in a highly iterative process to arrive at the draft now presented for your review and input.
There are multiple ways and venues for everyone to participate in the discussion and provide feedback about the draft. First of all, a Town Hall meeting will be held on Friday, October 24, from 1:00-3:00 in Engleman C 112. We hope that you will be able to participate.
During November, members of the Steering Committee will be visiting campus groups and constituencies to answer questions and receive additional input. We have already scheduled several of these meetings. If your group would like to host such a meeting, please contact Project Manager, Robert Forbus at firstname.lastname@example.org. Furthermore, you may send comments at any time through the strategic planning website at http://www.southernct.edu/strategic-plan/. (see “Comments” link in upper right hand of page.)
The Steering Committee will meet in early December to compile and consider all community input before completing this portion of the plan by the end of the fall semester. During the spring semester, the Committee will develop the action steps, metrics, timelines, persons responsible, and resources needed for each of the goals and objectives. Again, there will be ample time for input from the SCSU community. The plan will be completed by the end of the spring semester with implementation to begin on July 1, 2015.
The Steering Committee looks forward to your participation in this important work. We hope to see you at the Town Hall meeting on October 24.
Chair, Steering Committee