2016-2017 Collaborative Strategic Planning Process

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The College completed a strategic planning process during the 2010-2011 academic year. The plan, titled Essential Engagement, provided direction for the institution through the beginning of its sesquicentennial year, 2017. Yearly progress reports for this plan are available at https://www.peru.edu/about/president. During the 2016-2017 academic year a planning process will result in a five-year plan to provide vision and guidance through spring of 2022.


Strategic Planning Committee

The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) was selected to provide broad representation for the campus community, including external and alumni constituents. The committee will be chaired by the President who will be supported by the Director of Assessment, the Director of Marketing and Communication and the Secretary to the President. The committee will evaluate and make suggestions for improvement to the planning process, serve as communication links to the campus community and based on feedback draft a plan for consideration by the campus community.


General Outcomes of the Collaborative Planning Process

The planning process will result in a shared understanding of who we are as expressed through our mission, vision and core values. Out of the process two to four transformational goals will be identified supported by three to five strategies each. Each strategy will have specific initiatives. The plan will fit within the context of the Nebraska State College System Strategic Plan. It will set a vision and direction for the institution over the next five years while positioning the institution for success many years into the future.


Specific Process Outcomes

  1. Reconsidered vision and values.
  2. Strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results identified.
  3. Consensus on goals, strategies achieved through community discussion.
  4. Transformational goals developed (2 to 4 goals).
  5. Strategies listed for each goal (3 to 5).
  6. HLC Quality Initiative potential projects and themes identified.
  7. Initiatives selected to accomplish each strategy.
  8. Higher education best practices integrated into the plan.
  9. Assessments and measures identified for each strategy and initiative.
  10. Unit plans outlined to support the institutional strategic plan.
  11. A plan for ongoing measurement and evaluation developed.
  12. Documentation of methods to link planning, assessment and budgeting provided.
  13. Documented record of the strategic planning process.

Collaborative Strategic Planning Process Goals

  1. Conduct a collaborative, open, and transparent planning process that builds consensus and promotes maximum participation where all voices are heard.
  2. Build community through focus on our common mission.
  3. Use data to define reality and drive decision-making.
  4. Develop a clear understanding of the College’s strengths, opportunities and aspirations.
  5. Develop a common understanding and commitment to the College’s mission, vision and values.
  6. Engage the campus community in discussion of best practices for higher education.
  7. Empower the campus community to create measurable solutions and plan a vibrant future using continuous improvement.
  8. Further refine an understanding of the College’s strengths and distinctiveness to inform branding and marketing.
  9. Reenergize ownership on campus, with alumni and with our external constituents.
  10. Consider strategies for the short-term future (3 to 5 years) while positioning the institution for long-term success (10 to 25 years).

Process Overview

Phase One – Prepare
Who: President/SPC/Senates/President’s Council/Cabinet
Action: Develop process goals, process and timeline for creating a strategic plan.
Phase Two – Analyze
Who: SPC/Campus Community/Director of Assessment
Action: Analysis of strengths, opportunities, and aspirations, higher education best practices, internal trends, external demographics, current strategic plan outcomes, and current vision and values.
Phase Three – Create
Who: SPC
Action: Based on information gathered, identify themes and draft goals, strategies, initiatives, vision and values.
Phase Four – Discuss/Prioritize
Who: SPC/Campus Community
Action: Feedback and discussion on drafts facilitated through area and town hall meetings.
Phase Five – Revise
Who: SPC
Action: Based input from campus community, develop final versions of goals, strategies, initiatives, visions and values.
Phase Six - Share and close the loop
Who: SPC
Action: Share strategic plan with rationale for priorities and direction.