Thursday, March 13, 2014

EKU President Announces Top-heavy, Faculty-lite Strategic Planning Committee

This from President Benson (via email):
Information from the President and Strategic Planning Steering Committee

As our 2011-2015 Strategic Plan is nearing the end of its utility, I have formed and tasked an EKU Strategic Planning Steering Committee to begin the process of creating a visionary five-year strategic plan to help guide Eastern’s course to 2020 focusing on academic and institutional excellence, student success, and service to our community and region.
I have charged this committee to build a plan that is inclusive, equitable, and diverse, as these priorities are vital to our future’s success.  
This committee includes:
Mr. Matt Roan, Committee Co-Chair, Special Assistant to the President; Mrs. Stacey Street, Committee Co-Chair, Interim Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness; Ms. Sarah Carpenter, Student Government Association President; Mrs. Leah Banks, Staff Council Chair and Library Specialist; Mr. Doug Cornett, Director of Creative Services; Dr. Michael Eastman, VP for Development & Alumni Relations; Mr. Simon Gray, Acting Director of Athletics; Mr. David McFaddin, Executive Director of Government Relations & Regional Stewardship; Dr. Brett Morris, Interim Executive Director for Enrollment Management; Dr. Sheila Pressley, Chair of the Faculty Senate and Associate Professor; Mrs. Jill Price, Director of Conferencing & Events; Mr. Barry Poynter, VP for Finance & Administration; and Dr. Janna Vice, Senior VP for Academics & Provost.
As you can see, this group represents the broad range of University interests.  
As many of you are aware, the EKU 2011-2015 Strategic Plan was developed with input from all levels and units of the University, EKU alumni, and our community representatives.  As the time has arrived for us to begin planning for this next phase of Eastern’s promising future, the Steering Committee will conduct its work by continuing to honor these shared governance principles, all the while being aggressive and bold as to what we aspire. 

Specifically, as we seek ideas and guidance in establishing a vision, mission, values, goals, strategic initiatives, and key performance indicators, we will work within the EKU organizational structure by establishing Input Teams to recognize the voice of every student, faculty, and staff member, as well as other stakeholders. In addition, I will be calling your attention to a website dedicated to the strategic planning process that is currently being developed.

The following draft timeline of activities lists major strategic planning tasks and deadlines that must be accomplished in order to prepare and receive approval for EKU’s 2015-2020 Strategic Plan:

2015 – 2020 Strategic Plan and Timeline

Strategic Planning Membership:
Strategic Planning Steering Committee
Establishes the planning process, creates drafts of vision, mission, values, goals, strategic initiatives and key performance indicators incorporating input from campus community. 
Conducts and evaluates environmental scan, focus groups and surveys.
Input Teams
Provide input from unique perspectives.  Guided by representative SPSC members.
Strategic Initiative Teams
Focus on and monitor progress of activities undertaken throughout campus to achieve specific strategic initiatives.
Strategic Planning Process
Spring and Summer 2014—focus groups, surveys, formation of Input Teams, environmental scan, drafting of vision, mission, values, goals, and strategic initiatives.
Fall 2014—final version of vision, mission, values, goals, and strategic initiatives.  Draft and finalize key performance indicators. Form Strategic Initiative Teams.
January 2015—Completion of 2015-2020 EKU Strategic Plan
Summer 2015—Strategic Initiative Teams begin process of monitoring activities and key performance indicators.

And this:
Dear Campus:
Be a part of The Vision!
As was noted in the email announcing the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and their efforts to help aid in the creation of a new strategic plan to chart our course towards 2020, I emphasized that it was vital for every student, faculty, and staff member, as well as other stakeholders, to play a role in the process.  Specifically, as we seek ideas and guidance in establishing a vision, mission, values, goals, strategic initiatives, and key performance indicators, we will work within the EKU organizational structure by establishing Input Teams and conducting focus groups. 
Please note that we will be holding four focus groups with faculty once we return from spring break.  
 Those focus groups will take place as follows:

Faculty (4)

Mon., March 24

1:00 – 3:00 pm

Stratton, Mezzanine

Tues., March 25
9:00 – 11:00 am
Powell, Underground

Thur., March 27
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Powell, Jaggers

Fri., April 4
9:00 – 11:00 am
Library, Room 204D
We will also conduct a staff focus group.  The details are as follows:
Staff (1)
Thur., March 27
9:00 – 11:00 am
Powell, Jaggers

Please RSVP to Sarah Gilbert at I hope that you can make every effort to attend one of these focus groups.  Your ideas and guidance are very important to the future of Eastern.  
We will be announcing details for upcoming focus groups for students, the community, the region, alumni, and administration as they draw near.  Please be looking for these updates.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Faculty folks need to watch their backs everywhere. Seems like there is an growing perception that higher education can just be packaged into some sort of online, one size fits all package. Just jump some electronic hoops and in a few short months you can have a BA, MA or Ph.D.

I know I am old school but I am quickly becoming concerned about what we are expecting from our millennials in terms of education. Seems like we have bought into the idea that we simply jettison educated folks or use them as system facilitators with the justification that millennials "learn differently" and as educators we must adapt to their needs. I was kind of under the impression that they were coming to me to gain knowledge and understanding as a service I am providing but how much should I be expected to marginalize, market and accomidate in order to garner their enrollment? What little research there is out there on electronic course work seems to point to inferior learning experience and more importantly dismal student completion rates.

It is ironic that we have university presidents cashing in on electronic coursework and using it to construct new buildings on their campuses and provide hip services. So who is he market then?