Strategic Planning Framework

The Strategic Planning Committee’s charge is to accomplish in a timely manner a plan that addresses and / or links to:

  • Mission affirmation and vision clarification
  • Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis
  • Goals and priorities
  • Operating budget and capital fund raising priorities
  • Comprehensive campus enhancement plan
  • Capital campaign

One objective in this planning process will be to achieve a meaningful balance between a legitimate sense of urgency and a broad base of participation and shared engagement across the University community. Ultimately, our goal is an ongoing and systematic cycle of planning and assessment. Strategic planning is an effort to anticipate, predict, and ideally control future activities or outcomes.

By strategic, we mean planning in a way that takes account of:

  • Our aspirations for the future
  • Our groups and organizations that we serve
  • Our challenges and opportunities
  • Our alternatives and choices
  • Our measurements of progress
  • Our follow-through and implementation

Planning occurs within a larger context, a context that should have at least three additional key elements:

  • Innovation. Innovation emerges within opportunities and unanticipated circumstances.
  • Execution. How we do things is important and often has a direct relationship with our student’s experience.
  • Sustainability and stewardship. Resources, alignment, and assessment. Are our plans and innovations working well? Are they generating the results we intend? Are results consistent with our mission?

– Adapted from John Bryson, Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations: A Guide to Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational Achievement.