Participant Responses: Strategic Planning Open Forum, Feb. 27, 2019

March 1, 2019

What Guiding Principles should shape the University’s Strategic Planning Process?

Session 1

  • Realistic
  • Transparency
  • Team Effort
  • Don’t be afraid of change
  • Think institutionally
  • How do students benefit from the strategic plan?
  • Student focus
  • Think Big
  • Inclusivity
  • Being innovative
  • Creativity
  • Execute
  • Shared Vision
  • Resource investments (SRA)
  • Data Driven
  • Revenue
  • How does this benefit the larger community?

Session 2

  • Fiscally Responsible
  • Student Impact
  • Honest intentions
  • Broad representation
  • Actually viable
  • Sustainable
  • Needs of the community
  • Student interests/market
  • Integrity
  • Growing/furthering enrollment
  • Business/university needs, not personal.
  • Forward thinking about the region, university and needs

What benefits will the University realize from successfully carrying out the Strategic Planning Process?

Session 1

  • Clear common vision & goals
  • Buy-in from campus community
  • Goals all in organizations can strive for/work towards
  • Efficient use of scarce resources
  • Efficient use of current facilities on all campuses
  • Adapt to remain viable in changing higher education culture
  • Work toward our strengths
  • Clear identity
  • Strengthen partnerships within community
  • Efficient use of time
  • Effectiveness
  • Processing
  • Clear product for students
  • Enhance academic program for what a student wants
  • Shared resources for prioritization questions/disputes
  • Grow vs. Close
  • A sense of who we are and will be
  • Working together
  • Truth

Session 2

  • Increased enrollment
  • More cohesion between all campuses
  • Vision for future
  • Focused goals
  • Clear understanding of priorities
  • Everyone should be on the same page
  • Staying alive
  • Informed planning
  • Buy-in from staff/faculty
  • Strength and stability
  • Growth
  • SWOT analysis

What Advice can you offer to the Strategic Planning Task Force that will carry out the Strategic Planning Process?

Session 1

  • Prioritize actionable outcomes in the final report
  • Respect and synthesize diverse ideas and perspectives
  • Student Focus
  • Listen
  • Remember our mission and purpose as an institution
  • Dream Big
  • We are not PWL or PUC or PNC
  • Provide direction
  • Be equal
  • Utilize data & best practices to inform decisions
  • Learn from the failures and success of other universities
  • Keep open minds
  • Build a sense of belonging
  • Be focused and provide Metrix to measure success
  • Include SRA

Session 2

  • Think outside “The Box”
  • Be honest/sincere/transparency
  • Think positively
  • Open to new things
  • Don’t let the past crowd the future
  • Be university focused
  • Be inclusive
  • Identify several ways to communicate the process to different audiences
  • Be open to negative/positive feedback
  • Learn from the past
  • Have measurable goals
  • Be kind
  • Engage all levels of university staff

What challenges could arise from carrying out the Strategic Planning Process?

Session 1

  • Personal bias / agendas are prioritized
  • No community buy in
  • Trying to be everything to everyone
  • Westville vs. Hammond
  • May not ground thinking in reality
  • To many ideas
  • Disagreement
  • Communicating plan to stakeholders
  • A successful plan in Westville may be different than a successful plan in Hammond
  • Lack of resources
  • No commitment to implement
  • Accountability of follow through

Session 2

  • Lack of buy-ins from some groups
  • Failure to implement
  • Further possessiveness of either being from “Hammond” or “Westville”
  • Will the administration actually follow the recommendation?
  • Focusing on too many things at once
  • Lack of common progress being made toward plan’s goals
  • Managers not in agreement with the ideas/suggestions
  • Priorities not aligning
  • Plan sits on shelf