Assege HaileMariam, Ken Baker and I invite the campus community to participate in the 2011 strategic planning process. We hope to have stimulating, productive discussions that will prepare us to educate the next generation of students and help us build a sustainable future for EIU. William Weber
February–May 2011 | This phase is designed to meaningfully engage stakeholders, both on and off campus, in discussions about our core values, the current and future challenges we face, and the critical issues we must proactively manage. Steering committee members will use a variety of facilitated planning exercises to solicit ideas and feedback about these issues. Frequent planning updates will be scheduled to ensure transparency and to inform the campus community about the progress-to-date of the strategic planning effort.
In the spring of 2010, a team from the Business Affairs division worked with various campus governance groups to try out and gain experience with three planning exercise designs: the Future Timeline exercise, the Interview design and the Carousel design. In the Future Timeline exercise, participants brainstorm about the events, issues and trends that will impact the University in the next ten years. In the Interview design, participants consider and respond to a set of strategic questions to help inform the planning process. In the Carousel design, participants openly share their ideas and develop a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) analysis. All three of these planning exercises are designed to result in a set of prioritized issues or responses, and the outcomes from the exercises conducted last spring are posted on the Planning and Institutional Research website.
One-on-one interviews and surveys may also be used to supplement the above planning exercises.
The data generated during this phase will be compiled and posted on the strategic planning website. Many of these planning exercises will be conducted within targeted groups of stakeholders (e.g., faculty, students, alumni), which will allow for interesting comparisons of how different groups view and prioritize the issues. Transparency, collaboration and active engagement are key to the success of this phase of the planning process.