February 23, 2015
Dear SCSU Community:
Despite the harsh winter and many cancellations, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee has continued with its work. We are in the final semester of a four-semester planning cycle; and, we will complete our work ahead of the start of the plan’s implementation on July 1. The plan will be for the years 2015-2025.
Allow me to bring you up to date on what has been done since our Town Hall meeting in October, during which we introduced the draft framework for the strategic plan. In November and December, members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, as well as the President, visited with various constituencies on campus and off to present the framework, engage in discussions about it, and receive feedback. We also received anonymous feedback through our Website.
In mid-January, the Work Group Co-chairs met to consider all feedback received from various constituencies, and to make appropriate changes based upon those comments. In February, the full Steering Committee met to review and refine the document. While this document is still being revised, the Work Groups -- which comprises the Steering Committee, members of the Faculty Academic Strategic Plan Committee, and other volunteers are developing action steps and establishing metrics to bring the plan to fruition.
Once the snow beings to melt, we will hold another Town Hall meeting to begin a vetting process for the entire plan – a process which will mirror the one we engaged in with the framework. The President has charged the Steering Committee with building consensus around a strategic plan and making recommendations to the Cabinet by the end of the semester, so we can begin to implement the plan with the start of the new fiscal year on July 1.
The former General and late President Dwight David Eisenhower said this about the necessity of planning: “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Our priority is to bring you a plan which will be indispensible to the future success and progress of this university. Feel free to contact us with any questions and suggestions.
After more than a year of work, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee is pleased to present you with an opportunity to review and comment on the first draft of SCSU’s new strategic plan goals and objectives. As you know, President Papazian charged the 28-member Steering Committee in October 2013. The Committee organized itself into four work groups around four themes: academic excellence, scholarship and innovation, engagement, and resources and infrastructure. Each work group was co-chaired by a member of the faculty and one staff member. The Committee conducted several months of primary and secondary research on the respective themes. More than 60 individuals from across campus constituencies volunteered and assisted the Steering Committee in data gathering and other activities.
The four work group co-chairs submitted their groups’ recommended goals and objectives at the end of the 2014 spring semester. Over the summer and into this fall semester, considerable work has been done to bring consistency and a single voice to the document. The President and her Cabinet have collaborated with the Steering Committee in a highly iterative process to arrive at the draft now presented for your review and input.
There are multiple ways and venues for everyone to participate in the discussion and provide feedback about the draft. First of all, we held a Town Hall meeting on Friday, October 24, from 1:00-3:00 in Engleman C 112. Second, you may send anonymous comments at any time through the strategic planning website at http://www.southernct.edu/strategic-plan/. (see “Comments” link in upper right hand of page.)
Furthermore, during November, members of the Steering Committee will be visiting campus groups and constituencies to answer questions and receive additional input. We have already scheduled several of these meetings. If your group would like to host such a meeting, please contact Project Manager, Robert Forbus at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Steering Committee will meet in early December to compile and consider all community input before completing this portion of the plan by the end of the fall semester. During the spring semester, the Committee will develop the action steps, metrics, timelines, persons responsible, and resources needed for each of the goals and objectives. Again, there will be ample time for input from the SCSU community. The plan will be completed by the end of the spring semester with implementation to begin on July 1, 2015.
The Steering Committee looks forward to your participation in this important work.
Chair, Steering Committee