Strategic Planning Team
April 1, 2003
Attending: Bryan Price (presiding), Alice Bahr, Memo Diriker, Becky Emery, Joel Jenne, Kent Kimmel, Kevin Mann, Al Mollica, Anjali Pandey, David Rieck, Alan Selser, Ellen Zinner
The meeting was called to order at 7:25 a.m.
1) There was a brief summary of the discussion that occurred on March 18, 2003. Minutes had been e-mailed to everyone. There were no corrections.
2) Dr. Memo Diriker, representing BEACON, presented the initial draft of the information gathered during the January 24 Planning Workshop. Although the workshop focused the breakout sessions around 7 themes, BEACON structured the results according to the 4 working goals currently under discussion by the SPT. The results represent potential objectives, and in some cases, action steps, that may become priorities in the next strategic plan.
3) The SPT continued the discussion regarding core University goals. During the ensuing discussion, several principles emerged to guide the process:
In order to capture the unique emphases that will define goal priorities, it was reinforced that a preamble or statement of philosophy should accompany each goal.
Action: After lengthy discussion, the SPT agreed upon the following language for the core academic goal:
“The University will enhance the academic and learning environment in order to promote intellectual growth (and success).”
Some of the key discussion points were devoted around the tense of the goal, the wording that adequately captured or focused the essence of academic priorities at SU, and both the similarities and differences between “academic” and “learning” environments. Although mentioned briefly, “excellence” was not included in the language. (During the previous SPT meeting, the group concluded that the University’s value statement on excellence was fairly nondescript).
Action: After a shortened discussion, the SPT tabled the discussion regarding the core diversity goal after agreeing upon the following language:
“The University will advance the ability of its (internal & external) stakeholders to effectively function in a diverse and global society.”
The SPT will continue the discussion with this goal at the next meeting. Some noteworthy points: An alternative wording was offered “the University will advance cultural and intellectual pluralism.” Although not dismissed, it was noted that goals should be written with terminology that was understandable by a broad audience. The University’s audience may include many individuals who may not understandable this terminology. Other points were noted about “workforce” (the previous iteration included that language), inclusiveness, and cultural competency.
4) Adjourned. Next meeting. Tuesday, April 8, 7:15 am—8:45 am, Caroline Room of the Commons. All those eating breakfast must remember to pay the cashier.
1) The University will provide (promote-support) (note: undecided as to which term) a student-centered environment.
2) The University will enhance the academic and learning environment in order to promote intellectual growth (and success).
3) The University will advance the ability of its (internal & external) stakeholders to effectively function in a diverse and global society.
4) The University will be an active partner with the external community (to benefit Maryland and the Region)
Recorder: Bryan Price