Strategic planning begins for next 5-year cycle, campus input sought

The campus committee responsible for creating the university’s new five-year strategic plan has begun work and is requesting campus-wide input.

The objective of strategic planning is to develop a solid plan to guide the university in critical decisions, provide common goals for campus units and employees, and define an action plan to help our university strive toward its vision, said Claire Stinson, vice president for Business and Planning.

“The planning process must be participative and representative of the university’s commitment to shared governance,” she emphasized. “To that end, the committee would like to encourage feedback and comments from the entire campus community.”

To support that feedback and provide the university with up-to-date information and progress reports about strategic planning, a new Strategic Planning web site was created at www.tntech.edu/strategicplanning.

All public information related to planning, including institutional data, resources and documents is available through the site. News stories and campus updates will be catalogued there. Surveys and forms providing campus-wide participation will be provided there as well.

In its first steps toward developing a new strategic plan, the Strategic Planning and Budgeting Committee began with a thorough examination and development of a SWOT-analysis, an in-depth summary of the university’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Now the committee seeks input from the broader campus community. An anonymous online submission form will allow all TTU employees to provide their own suggestions for the SWOT analysis through the Strategic Planning web site.

Every member of the faculty, clerical staff or administrative staff is encouraged to participate in the planning process by reviewing the information on the web site and participating in the SWOT analysis, Stinson said.

Stinson and other members of the committee will begin meeting with other planning groups on campus to inform them of the committee’s progress and encourage participation. Meetings will soon be scheduled with the Faculty Senate, Academic & Administrative Officers, Clerical & Support Staff Committee, and the Student Government Association.