St. Cloud State University
Strategic Planning Committee
September 13, 2001, 7:45 a.m. Mississippi

Members Present: Bonnie Hedin, Jeanne Hites, Pat Krueger, Mary Soroko, Addie Turkowski, and Jay Vora

Members Absent: John Burgeson, Glen Palm, John Palmer, Karen Thoms, Fred Walker, and Brenda Wentworth

Support Staff: Subimal Chopra and Lucie Schwartzkopf

Guests: Lisa Foss, Director of Marketing and Communications, and Steve Ludwig, Vice President for Administrative Affairs

1. Steve Ludwig shared that 7 points were compiled during two one-day retreats this summer. The president, vice presidents, deans, excluded managers, and other directors were in attendance. The mission and vision and aspirations of St. Cloud State University were discussed in the larger context. Small groups discussed how to implement these at the college level. Two of the small groups without direct college responsibilities talked about the meaning of the vision and mission. Steve agreed to forward the 7 points to the committee, and welcomed future attendance at SPC meetings.

Steve shared that the theory is to try to link the strategic plan with the university budget. Jeanne shared that Gene Gilchrist had a proposal on how to link the budget, and it was sent back to the drawing board. While the academic plan is to a certain extent a keystone around which everything should be aligned it was received the week before school started, so review for alignment has been delayed.

Steve also conveyed that the MnSCU Chancellor James H. McCormick seems to be assembling a plan that will be a directive for institutions to follow. (The plan may be viewed on the web.) While SCSU seems to be ahead of his progress at this point, he will probably have his plan solidified in the next few weeks/months. He will officially visit with individuals on campus on December 6, 2001. The Chancellor's strategy is to talk to individuals rather than take tours of buildings. Steve anticipates SCSU will attempt to show our direction has substantial congruence with his.

Steve relayed that the goal will be to work within the plan determined by MnSCU. Certain key areas such as duplication of programs, or market areas, could influence initiatives of SCSU. It is probable that the plan from MnSCU will not be a plan filled with platitudes. Jeanne hopes that that MnSCU is identifying some of the same issues to address that SCSU is.

2. Minutes from the May 3, 2001 meeting were approved.

3. President Saigo would like the strategic planning process to not extend beyond 3 years per planning cycle. Hand out with the guideline will be sent to the committee after the meeting today. Jeanne expressed she feels an infrastructure to accomplish this needs to be set.

4. Jeanne conveyed that the Chancellor seems to be leaning toward a Baldridge National Quality Program model rather than AQIP (the NCA quality program). She acknowledged the issues of qualitative verses quantitative results.

5. Mary Soroko shared she has heard that MnSCU would like SCSU to participate in the community more at the local level. She foresees that MnSCU will want SCSU to participate in economic development based on Governor Ventura's views. Jeanne added that this underscores what the University External Relations Committee has been working on.

Jeanne called for volunteers to attend informational meetings next week designed to inform the campus community of the Vision Task Force findings as well as glean additional insight. Mary Soroko, Jay Vora, Pat Krueger, and Addie Turkowski agreed to represent the committee at one of each of the meetings. Jeanne will be at most of the meetings along with Bassey Eyo who facilitated the Vision Task Force meetings.

Mary Soroko requested information that would offer the intent behind the wording of the values. Lisa has the 54 items on a word document she can send. Discussion took place reviewing the task force process. Jay suggested that some background is given of 4 sentences came together to made the sentence that was chosen. Lisa also made the point that a focus will be kept on how to prevent the results from sitting on a piece of paper.

Jeanne conveyed that the goals are derived from what the committee did last year and what the president described. She requested that the committee make sure she didn't miss anything. The quality plan was not on the list. Jeanne proposed that perhaps the committee should address that, since the chancellor apparently plans to address it.

6. Jeanne stated that communication was identified last year as an issue to be addressed. She would like to form a new sub-committee to address this issue. Jeanne is willing to work on it, and Lisa Foss expressed willingness to assist. Pat Krueger also volunteered. The volunteers agreed to meet after the meeting to schedule a time to work on this issue.

Planned Meeting Times:

Thursday, September 27, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, St. Croix
Thursday, October 11, 2001, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, October 25, 2001, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, November 8, 2001, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, December 6, 2001, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, January 17, 2002, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, January 31, 2002, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, February 7, 2002, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, February 21, 2002, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, March 7, 2002, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, March 21, 2002, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, April 4, 2002, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, April 18, 2002, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi
Thursday, May 2, 2002, 7:45 am - 9:00 am, Mississippi

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