St. Cloud State University
STRATEGIC PLANNING - UPDATE and ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION
SCSU STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE

Wednesday, September 4, 1996
1:00-3:00 P.M.
Atwood Theater

AGENDA

1. Introduce Strategic Planning Committee Members

Faculty: Dick Andzenge, Jo Ann Asquith, Brad Chisholm, Bruce Ellis, Jeanne Hites,
Richard Johnson, Rich Josephson, Bill Langen, Denise McGuire, Kathleen Maloney, Kate
Mooney and Gretchen Starks-Martin
At-large Faculty: Jim Pehler and Lora Robinson*
Administrative: Shahzad Ahmad and Mike Hayman
Support: Sue Pope and Greg Scherber
Professional Support: Rubin Stenseng
Middle Management: Lu Meemken
Excluded Management: Annette Wilson
Students: Yvonne Getchell and Amy Nord
Committee Staff: Karen Schmid, Bill Tschida and Sandy Isberner
*Chair

2. Review SCSU Strategic Planning Process

A. Why is strategic planning needed at St. Cloud State University?

"The ultimate result of strategic planning is the articulation of a clear vision for the
future. At St. Cloud State University the cumulative effects of statewide reorganization,
declining enrollment, and low and decline per student funding create an unusual and
severe necessity for strategic planning. This process creates a means for faculty, staff and
students together to review the eternal and internal “environments,’ evaluate alternative
and build consensus for a common vision and desired future. This plan will lead to the
achievement of national eminence through development and support of excellence."
(Excerpted from President’s Grube’s memo, To the University Community, May 8, 1996.)

B. What is the time frame for the strategic planning work?

The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) was formed in May of 1996. The SPC has been
meeting regularly since that time. The target completion date for this phase is December
17, 1996, prior to the campus visitation by the North Central Accreditation team.

C. How can I stay informed and how can I be involved in this strategic planning process?

There are several ways to get information and/or to provide your ideas.

  • Agendas and minutes of meetings are available from Sandy Isberner, AS205, 2286
  • Readings and materials are on reserve in the Learning Resources Center under

Strategic Planning

  • Periodic updates in the University News
  • Periodic E-mail missives from the SPC Chair, Lora Robinson
  • Attend one of several constituency meetings being scheduled across campus Fall quarter
  • Contact any SPC member for information or to contribute ideas.
  • Respond in timely fashion to Committee inquiries/questionnaires/etc.
  • Browse the SPC web site

D. How doe the SPC conduct business?

In addition to regular full SPC meetings, the committee is divided into smaller working
subgroups. There working groups are charged with collecting and organizing
information in the broad areas of internal environment, external environment, and
institutional values. Each group is charged with specific research and data collection
tasks which may take the form of survey, formal presentation by experts, brainstorming
sessions, one-on-one contact, focus groups, collating existing reports and institutional
data, or other methodologies. The subgroups are: Internal Environment, Institutional
Values and External Environment. You will hear from each of these areas later today, and
your input is solicited.

E. What is the expected final product of the strategic planning process?

The process of strategic planning, for any organization, is truly never finished. It is an
ongoing and dynamic process. The Committee is working under a timeline which will
produce a recommended vision, recommended goals and objectives and recommended
revised mission statement in a report to the community by January 1997. Obviously, the
subsequent implementation of any plan components , plus detailed steps to accomplish
goals and objectives will follow as directed by President Grube.

3. Each working SPC subgroup presents on what has been done and what is
to be done.

Internal Environment: Ahmad, Hayman, Hites, Johnson, McGuire, Meemken, Mooney*,
Nord, Pope, Scherber, Starks-Martin
Institutional Values: Andzenge, Chisholm, Ellis, Langen*, Maloney, Robinson
External Environment: Asquith, Getchell, Josephson, Pehler*, Stenseng, Wilson
*Subgroup Chair

4. Presentation on SPC communications.

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