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.

Academic Excellence | Marketing & Communication | Campus & Community Life | Financial Stability | Emerging Technologies | Global competition & Changing demographics

Emerging Technologies

  1. Centralize and standardize technology services with clear and uniform policies and procedures and develop university wide project portfolio (57 votes)
  2. Develop and maintain an infrastructure for ubiquitous learning (ex. Distance learning, library services, e-books, mobile technology) (41 votes)
  3. Develop a funding model that provides equitable access to technology (22 votes)
  4. Effective broad based training programs for faculty, staff, students and technology staff (4 votes)
  5. More formal structure for exploring new technology and software (2 votes)

Ranked Goal #1: Centralize and standardize technology services with clear and uniform policies and procedures and develop university wide project portfolio (57)


  1. June 2012 – Create oversight comm.
  2. June 2013 – Complete inventory of tech. assets.
  3. Dec 2013 – Evaluate inventory; make recommendations.

Resources:To conduct inventories-- software or consultant (both?); full –time staff?

Champion:  VP Weber

Who is involved: John Henderson, Kathy Reed, Library Rep, AT ISS Rep. (Dr. Campanis), Tech Resources (T.B.D.)

What does Success Look Like?:

  1. Lower duplication of efforts and projects
  2. Raise effective spending of tech $
  3. Standardize equip across campus
  4. Raise transparency of tech duties and responsibilities
  5. Raise transp. of projects
  6. Free up $
  7. Education of university community

Hurdles: Buy –in from all parties, Resistance to unified solutions, Funding $ (expense)

Ranked Goal #2: Develop and maintain an infrastructure for ubiquitous learning


  1. June 2012--Create “super-tech” committee
  2. Dec 2012--Assess and identify “U” learning
  3. Jan 2013--Hire consultants as needed


  1. Meeting rooms
  2. Consultant $

Champion:  VP Weber

Who is involved:ITAC, ATAC, CAA, Dean Hine, Fac. Senate, Textbook Rental, Library

What does Success Look Like?:

  1. "U" learning
  2. Enrollment
  3. Multiple channels of learning
  4. Satisfaction w/tech environment


  1. Training (up to date)
  2. $ Funding, Consultant review and quick reaction
  3. Coordination of stakeholder groups
  4. Effective prioritization
  5. Proactive approach
  6. Committee make-up
  7. Merge all univ. IT


  1. Recognize special needs (Depts., Students)
  2. Ambitious goal
  3. Resistance to unified technology

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.