ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE MINUTES
MAY 1, 1996

MEMBERS PRESENT: Shahzad Ahmad, Jo Ann Asquith, Brad Chisholm, Bruce Ellis, Yvonne Getchell, Mike Hayman, Jeanne Hites, Richard Johnson, Rich Josephson, Bill Langen, Kathleen Maloney, Lu Meemken, Kate Mooney, Amy Nord, Jim Pehler, Sue Pope, Lora Robinson, Greg Scherber, Karen Schmid, Gretchen Starks-Martin, Rubin Stenseng, Bill Tschida, Annette Wilson.

MEMBERS ABSENT: Dick Andzenge.

GUESTS: Bruce Grube, Eugene Gilchrist

STAFF: Sandy Isberner

The meeting was called to order by President Grube. Members introduced themselves.

President Grube stated that the purpose of the Strategic Planning Committee is to create a consensus about the future and direction of St. Cloud State University. In order for this University to achieve national eminence, we need to be flexible and responsive. We are now in the late 90s and expectations and funding have changed. He also pointed out two special areas that need to be addressed: the environment relative to diversity and relative to women.

Vice President Gilchrist distributed three documents: Proposal for Strategic Planning at St. Cloud University, Strategic Planning Presentation by Dr. Robert C. Shirley, April 6, 1996, and Strategic Planning Committee Membership list. He briefly went through the Proposal explaining the charge to the committee and procedures. He also stated that he would be available as the contact person.

The schedule was discussed and a question was raised addressing the availability of faculty in September and why no mention was made of work being done in the month of August. It was pointed out that the time line was set up through November because the North Central Accreditation site visit is scheduled for early 1997. It is anticipated that as subcommittees are formed they will develop their own schedules which may include June and July. If committee members are available during the summer and choose to meet that would help.

Questions were raised on how many years the final proposal should cover. Jo Ann Asquith, Marketing, who teaches classes on strategic planning, stated we should first look at a five-year plan. In addition, the proposal is a living document" in that it is continually changing and would need yearly updates.

Budgetary items were discussed. President Grube stated that the group needs to be frugal, with the campus just having come through budget cuts. However, the committee will have the funds it needs to be successful.

If committee members have materials to share, please send to Karen. It would be helpful to have background especially on environmental trends and realities.

Future meeting times were discussed and it was agreed to schedule them for 7:30 AM and to meet at least once per week through the end of spring quarter.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 8, 1996, 7:30 AM in South Voyageurs Room, Atwood. Coffee, tea, juice and muffins will be provided.

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