June 07, 2016 9:00AM
Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott, in March, publicly announced the university’s vision for the future with the launch of the “Pathway to Prominence” strategic plan. The six-year plan focuses on four specific areas of emphasis: academic excellence, student success, partnerships and campus culture and 26 objectives.
While the launch may have gotten the headlines, the really exciting work is taking place this summer with the formation of a new Strategic Planning Council.
“A plan is only as good as its execution,” said Provost and Council Chair Lynette Olson. “This council brings together senior administration and shared governance in a manner our campus hasn’t before experienced. This group will provide units with a formal review structure that ties together financial resources with strategic planning.”
The 15-member council, which met for the first time in May, is formally tasked with providing the president with recommendations for annual strategic priorities and resource allocation. It will also make requests to the University Tuition Committee for enhancement funding for high growth programs/services and innovative opportunities.
“It’s exciting because it moves us forward as a university,” said Olson. “Campus units will now have a clear understanding of planning expectations and funding priorities. This will include standardized templates, personal training and a higher level of engagement.”
Council members include: the provost, assistant vice president for institutional effectiveness, vice president for student life, vice president for administration and finance, vice president for advancement, director of budget and human resource services, director of institutional research and planning, associate vice president for enrollment management and student success, an academic dean, department chair, and representatives from the Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, KNEA, Unclassified Senate and University Support Staff.
The council will meet monthly and expects to have a finalized planning template available to units in September.