Strategic Planning

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The university is now creating its strategic plan for the period 2015-2025. The Strategic Planning Steering Committee comprises the many and varied constituencies of the university, and was convened by President Mary Papazian in the fall of 2013. The committee will provide the President with preliminary recommendations during the spring of 2014. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the plan will go through a thorough vetting process, in accordance with the university's commitment to shared governance. The university expects to begin implementation of the plan by July 1, 2015.

Previously, in the fall of 2005, the university undertook an earlier strategic-planning process. This process, which solicited the active involvement of the entire campus community, resulted in a University Strategic Plan for 2007-2012.  Please refer to the President's message below about the completion of the previous strategic plan.

From the President

In 2007, the university’s Strategic Plan – Pursuing Excellence, Fostering Leadership, Empowering Communities – was completed and presented to the university community as a strong statement of Southern’s mission, vision, and core values. Over the past several years, since the Plan’s adoption, the university has made great strides towards realizing many of the goals put forth in the Plan. In this Final Report [accessible above], we take stock of how far we have come and how much we have accomplished, while also recognizing that striving to reach our goals is both an ongoing process and the mark of a vibrant institution.

The development of the Strategic Plan for 2007-2012 was truly a community effort. The process employed the time and energies of not only a 25-person steering committee, but also 10 working groups of 150 faculty, staff, and students. Hundreds of others participated in focus groups, e-surveys, committee discussions, and town hall meetings. A new mission statement for the university emerged from the process, and along with it a clear sense of Southern’s Core Values: Excellence, Student Success, Access, Diversity, Lifelong Learning, and Community Involvement. Here, in this Final Report [above], you will see that the university community embraced the mission and the Core Values as it worked to transform our institution.

As we move forward with our strategic planning efforts and begin to chart the course for the future, I wish to thank all of those who helped to bring us this far and encourage everyone to take part at every opportunity in the new strategic planning process set to commence early in the Fall 2013 semester. A transparent and participatory process will enable the new plan to reflect the Southern community’s aspirations for the institution for the next decade. With your help, we will continue to raise our expectations for ourselves, refine our values, and serve our students and our community as we always have – with dedication and excellence.


Mary A. Papazian, Ph.D.
President