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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

Phase I: Getting organized





October 2010–January 2011 | A steering committee for the strategic planning effort will be appointed. The steering committee will have about 24 members and will reflect the diversity of the University community. Veteran, mid-career and early career faculty from the colleges and Booth Library will comprise more than half of the steering committee. Administrative and professional (A&P) and civil service employees from the various vice presidential areas, along with students and a trustee, will round out the steering committee's membership. Committee members should be hard workers and good thinkers who reflect the university's standard of excellence.

President Perry, in consultation with the President's Council, has appointed three co-chairs to lead the strategic planning effort: Assege HaileMariam, Professor of Psychology; Ken Baker, Director of Campus Recreation; and William Weber, Vice President for Business Affairs.

Each member of the steering committee will receive a copy of Sanaghan's Collaborative Strategic Planning in Higher Education, which serves as the guide for the strategic planning process. At its first meeting, the steering committee will become more familiar with Sanaghan's five-phase process and will learn about and participate in some of the interactive techniques that will be used to gather data and solicit ideas from the campus community and other stakeholders.


News and Updates


  • Four strategic planning open sessions are being held to obtain your ideas and input...more »
  • The Collaborative Strategic Planning Steering Committee has been selected. more »
  • Patrick Sanaghan's "Collaborative Strategic Planning in Higher Education" is available at the booth...more »
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