In the fall of 2005, the university undertook a strategic planning process. This process, which solicited the active involvement of the entire campus community, resulted in a University Strategic Plan for 2007-2012.
Work on a new University Strategic Plan began in the fall of 2013. The Steering Committee will make recommendations to President Papazian by the end of the spring 2014 semester, and the plan is expected to be fully implemented by July 1, 2015. It will span the years 2015-2025.
Connecticut Board of Regents Mission, Vision and Values
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.