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

First Session
Attendees self-selected a strategic theme to begin developing goals for each theme.  Each group presented the suggested goals to all participants.  Then, participants prioritized the suggested goals.

Attendees at a Table Whiteboard with Notes Barbara Burke writes on whiteboad

Second Session
Each group created detailed action plans for their two top-priority goals (including three steps toward implementing goals, resources needed, time frame, a person who is responsible for the successful completion and those who will assist, description of what success would look like, and potential hurdles); the action plans were presented to the whole group for constructive feedback. Finally, each group incorporated the feedback to refine the action plans and gave a report, see below, to the large group.

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Global competition and Changing Demographics

  1. Ensure that faculty, professional staff and other members of campus are knowledgeable about the characteristics of a diverse student body (34)
  2. Recruit and retain faculty, staff and students who will represent and strengthen the university’s commitment to diversity and its global impact (30)
  3. Develop and expand national and int’l partnerships (26)
  4. Become a leader in Intl education (21)
  5. Create a campus climate that embraces diversity (20)

Ranked Goal #1: Ensure that faculty, staff and other members of campus are knowledgeable about the characteristics of a diverse student body.

Large Steps:

  1. Create a data rich knowledgebase of who our students are
  2. Understand the significant characteristics of these students
  3. Create tools and implement strategies for addressing these characteristics

Resources needed:

  1. Working group to collect, analyze, disseminate data
  2. Staff time for data collection
  3. Access to software

Time frame:

  1. Year 1 – Implement data collection
  2. Year 3 – Deliver programs
  3. Year 4 & 5 – Assess and revise

Champion:  Mona Davenport

Who is involved: Amy Edwards, Cynthia, Brenda, Mona, Karla Sanders

Success: Creation of database, faculty and staff development and training

Hurdles: Unwillingness to collect, share and disseminate data; perception that training is not needed, info won’t make it to all levels

Ranked Goal #2: Strengthen the university’s commitment to diversity and its global impact.


  1. Recruit and retain faculty, staff and students who will represent and strengthen this commitment
  2. Create a campus culture that embraces diversity
  3. Develop and expand national and international partnerships

Resources:  Funding (retain and recruit students and faculty, international travel for program development, student support services, multi-cultural center, visiting faculty, dual career couples, ELL, curriculum initiatives)

Time Frame:

  1. Year 1 – Assessment
  2. Year 2 – Revision
  3. Year 3 – Roll-out
  4. All are ongoing

Champion:  Provost other V.P.s

Who is involved:Kevin, Wendy, Bob Augustine, Brenda, Cynthia, Deans and Chairs, other directors


  1. Composition of students = to state composition of high school grads who meet EIU admissions
  2. Faculty that compares to national availability of doctorates in relevant disciplines
  3. International students and study abroad = national average of comparable institutions

Hurdles: Funding, buy-in, diminishing employment, size and location of the community

Feedback Themes:

  1. Sharing data with international and external groups
  2. Accountability – How do we know faculty are using data?
  3. Varying perceptions on the definition of diversity, campus wide discussion linking to definition needs to happen
  4. Additional volunteers/resources
  5. Role of community in providing climate for diversity

The work created during the Goals Conference will serve as the foundation for our strategic plan, and the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will seek further input from the campus community develop and refine these ideas in the coming weeks. In accordance with the guidelines that President Perry established when we began the planning process, the new strategic plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees at its January 20, 2012 meeting.