Strategic Plan: Ideas, initiatives pour in

Now that the year is winding down, I’d like to offer a quick progress report on where our strategic planning effort stands. It’s not done yet – we won’t hand a finished draft to the PSU Board of Trustees until December — but it is starting to take shape.

Eight “topic teams,” including about 100 faculty, staff and students, have delivered several dozen proposed initiatives that they would like to see PSU undertake over the next five to 10 years. The initiatives are meant to keep PSU abreast of changes in higher education and to move the university forward.

Here are just a few examples, edited for brevity:

• Reduce organizational barriers to student success.
• Facilitate innovation and revenue generation.
• Prioritize diversity in the curriculum.
• Drive next generation scholarly agenda on “The Engaged University.”
• Develop quantitative and qualitative metrics to measure research activities, degree programs and faculty activity.

These are just a handful, selected more or less at random. The Strategic Plan Development Team, about 30 faculty, staff and students, is working to synthesize all the proposals. It also is working to rewrite PSU’s vision and mission statement, which needs an update.

Over the summer, a small subcommittee will work on distilling all the proposals into a draft strategic plan. In the fall, the plan will be put out for public comment.

While the final elements of the plan are still taking shape, the effort already has been a success based on how many of you have participated. Thousands of you have weighed in on PSU’s future, whether online or in person. You helped flesh out the proposed initiatives and let us know what we’ve missed. At last month’s “Strategic Ice Cream” event, more than 700 of you took the trouble to visit one of the booths in the Urban Plaza and fill out a form listing your recommendations.

It’s not too late to provide input. And in the fall, there will be further opportunities to provide input. I want to thank everyone who has participated so far; the collective effort is helping PSU move in the right direction.

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