In August 2015 I announced that we had formed a long-range plan steering committee and I asked Dr. Gloria Galanes to serve as the chair of the committee.
Long-range plan development nears completion
Using the Missouri State Vision: Our Passion for Excellence report as a starting point, this group has spent the past nine months developing a long-range plan that, starting this fall, will guide the university for the next five years.
The steering committee has reached out to faculty, staff and students throughout the process. They have regularly engaged with the Board of Governors, Administrative Council and Academic Leadership Council to obtain input on what the plan should include.
The process of developing our next long-range plan is nearly complete. You can see the draft language for the plan on the Developing the 2016-21 Long-Range Plan webpage.
Annual plans will identify priorities within framework of long-range plan
Our goal from the outset of this process has been to develop a plan that is strategic and outlines, at a general level, the vision, priorities and goals of the university. You will notice that the draft plan does not include specific tactics designed to achieve the overall priorities set forth in the plan. This is intentional. Specific tactics will be coordinated centrally by the administration, but will be developed each year by the separate units throughout the university. The plan is the framework on which these specific tactics will be built.
To implement the plan, each year the board and administration will analyze available data to determine particular areas of priority. These priorities will be communicated to the individual units throughout the university.
Annual unit, individual goals should relate to priorities
The units will then be responsible for developing annual action items designed to advance those priorities. As part of this process, units will assign specific projects related to accomplishing their tactics to particular employees, and supervisors will hold employees accountable for having completed this work through faculty and staff performance review processes. So if you think of your goals on your ADPs, these should include items that roll-up to the long-range plan.
At the end of the end of each year, the board and administration will review the tactics each university unit developed to implement the long-range plan and hold divisions accountable for having accomplished their tactics. This is not a new process. We have done this over the last several years with our eight goals. Each year the board and administration will also evaluate data and monitor progress toward the overarching goals set forth in the long-range plan. The university will develop a report each year communicating this progress to the campus community.
In sum, this plan will be used extensively over the next five years to chart the university’s course. The university will assign resources and make decisions on the framework established by the long-range plan, and all members of the university faculty and staff will be responsible for implementing the plan. Ideally, most of your day-to-day work should support one or more of the six strategic areas identified in the plan.
Provide feedback on draft plan
Accordingly, if you have not reviewed the draft plan and provided your feedback, you should do so by:
- Participating in one of two town hall meetings scheduled for next week. The first meeting is from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Monday, May 2 in the PSU Theater. The second meeting is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 in the PSU Theater.
- Review the draft plan and send your feedback to me or to a member of the steering committee.
The deadline for feedback on the draft plan is May 15, and we expect the Board of Governors to review and approve the final version of the plan on June 10.
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