For approximately one year, we engaged in a strategic planning process that involved hundreds of stakeholders. We launched the process with a thought-provoking presentation on the future of higher education, facilitated by our consultants, the Barthwell Group. Our Strategic Planning Committee — comprised of faculty, administrators, and a student representative, and co-chaired by the president's chief of staff, the provost, the vice president for finance and business operations, and the vice president for research — met monthly to develop the basic goals, objectives, and metrics for each of the Strategic Focus Areas. Subgroups of the Strategic Planning Committee, augmented by additional faculty and staff participants, also met intermittently to continue analyzing each of the Strategic Focus Areas. Throughout our process, five focus groups representing our alumni, administrators, faculty, staff, and students met periodically to provide feedback. In addition, meetings were held with the President's Community Advisory Group, key members of the university and the community, and a group of external stakeholders (corporate executives, policy makers, retired faculty, and administrators) to obtain their ideas about the Strategic Plan. Special retreats and briefings were held by the president with the Board of Governors.
In the final stages of the Strategic Planning Process, meetings were held with the President's Cabinet and the Council of Deans. During a Town Hall meeting led by the president, the university community was updated regarding the Strategic Plan. Throughout the strategic planning process, the provost and the president of the Academic Senate gave briefings on the Strategic Plan to every school and college.
In addition, a strategic planning website was launched at the beginning of the process to enable input from the university community.
Overall, we believe that we have listened successfully to a wide array of university and community opinions, which have helped to shape our Strategic Plan.