Salisbury University


Long Range Academic Planning Committee

University Strategic Planning Team




August 19, 2002

3 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.



Members present:  David Buchanan, Memo Diriker, Timothy Dunn, Becky Emery, Joel Jenne, Kevin Mann, Anjali Pandey, Bryan Price, David Rieck, Alan Selser, and Ellen Zinner.





The first meeting of the Long Range Academic Planning Committee, fall 2002 semester, began in Holloway Hall, room 248 at 3:00 p.m.  All members were present – some beginning a new term of representation.  After introductions, an overview of the committee’s charge was stated:  to craft or revise the strategic plan for 2003 – 2008, and deliver the plan in 2003.



Presentation of the 1998 – 2003 Strategic Plan Progress


Institutional Research has completed collating the responses of progress against the 1998 – 2003 Strategic Plan from designated primary and secondary owners.  Bryan Price indicated that in a few objectives, responses range from “no action” to “progress,” and that many have not yet individually responded; follow-up with the owners would be necessary.  The completed matrix will be distributed to committee members and campus officials in the next week.


A placard of another institution’s simplified strategic plan goals was presented as an example.  It was discussed that, at the appropriate time, SU will need to create its own style in defining the strategic plan.  Strategic plans may range from exciting to mundane.  To have an effective planning team, committee members should represent University-specific issues first and their constituents second.  This may prove challenging, but is necessary.


Concerns were raised regarding Faculty Senate Committees leading the “university-wide” strategic planning efforts.  This is not a typical process anywhere and regardless of representation, is bound to that single governance group.  Also, the LRAPC may need to conduct business beyond the crafting of the strategic plan.  A motion was entered by Dr. David Rieck to create an ad hoc “University Strategic Planning Team.”  The motion was seconded and unanimously voted in favor.  The committee further discussed expansion of membership for the ad hoc team.


RESOLVED, that the current LRAPC members will form the Faculty Senate representation on the ad hoc team along with previously selected members from all governance groups, enrollment management, diversity, deans, library, technology, and advancement.


RESOLVED, that meetings will be held as needed for other LRAPC business.  The membership is defined in the bylaws.



Institutional Research Documents:


Performance and Apirational Peers were distributed to members of the committee.  Three peers dropped from the list this year and replacements were strategically chosen.  The University must present justification of peer choices to the University System of Maryland.  The Department of Budget and Management is concerned that institutions performing well are not funded appropriately.  In the future, performance compared with aspirational peers may become a criterion in establishing funding allocations.





Institutional Research Documents (continued)


Accountability Report

The 2002 Institutional Performance Accountability Report to the Maryland Higher Education Commission was distributed.  The report points to key funding issues, and SU’s performance concerning indicators of the University System of Maryland Managing For Results.


2002 Update of the Maryland State Plan for Postsecondary Education

A recent report to complement the 2000 Maryland State Plan for Postsecondary Education has been published, and is available on the Web:  Committee members were encouraged to read.


Enrollment Projections

A table of enrollment projections to 2011 was distributed to the committee.  Enrollment growth, projected to higher level increments to 2011, depends upon two key factors – progress in capital construction, and funding to guideline levels.


Institutional Research Website

The website for the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment & Accountability was given to the committee members,  The site contains various reports and documents of interest to planning.



Facilities Master Plan Update

A firm, CSD Architects, has been selected to provide consultation for the next Facilities Master Plan.  Dr. Buchanan gave an overview of the selection method:  Five firms were interviewed and scored in two venues - the interview and formula scores concerning a sealed financial package.  CSD ranked first in both.  The Steering Committee will meet with the consultants on August 28, 2002 to discuss the plan and methodology.  Dr. Buchanan stated that various campus offices have received an information request from CSD for SU data, and a response is in progress.


Strategic Plan Assignments


Review the strategic plans of SU peers for comparative data – assigned to Dr. Kent Kimmel.


Other – assigned at the next meeting.



The Board of Regents will be meeting on campus on Friday, August 23, 2002, in which the President will be communicating concerns and accolades.  The committee members were encouraged to attend the open public session at 10:30 a.m.


Dr. Buchanan raised concerns that there is not enough university involvement in the search for the Academic Vice Chancellor, and feels it is important for CUSF to hear our voice.  Dr. Buchanan encouraged member involvement.



The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.  The next meeting will be September 5, 2002 from 3 – 4 p.m. in the Manokin Room.