St. Cloud State University
Strategic Planning Committee Minutes
December 6, 2001, 7:45 a.m. Mississippi

Members Present: John Burgeson, Diane Decker, Bassey Eyo, Bonnie Hedin, Jeanne Hites, Balsy Kasi, Pat Krueger, Glen Palm, Mohammad Mahroof-Tahir, Karen Thoms, Addie Turkowski, and Jay Vora

Members Absent: Theresia Fisher, John Palmer, Mary Soroko, Fred Walker, and Brenda Wentworth

Support Staff: Subimal Chopra

Guest(s): Edward Addo

1. November 8, 2001, minutes approved.

2. The role of the committee as it moves into the second cycle of planning was discussed. It was said that the committee is going through a period of transition. The importance of focusing on the plans for the future was specified. It was stated that now the committee would be doing what it should be doing and that is to focus on strategic and not tactical issues. It was said that it is important to understand the importance of realizing whether what is being done actually pertains to strategic planning.

3. The importance of ascertaining that the strategic planning committee stays on course in fulfilling its objectives was stated.

4. It was said that the committee should help the president help the committee.

5. The role of the consultant to help link budget to planning was discussed. It was felt that the committee should have clear priorities. A special meeting will be held with NCHEMS on Thursday, December 13, 2001, at 7:45 am. The location will be Watab/Sauk. Members were encouraged to attend this meeting.

6. It was stated that the committee should look at its objectives and link them to its priority. The priorities should then be conveyed to the consultants.

7. The narrowing down of the college level goals and importance of giving feedback directly to the colleges was emphasized. It was stated that the college plans should be given directly to the dean.

8. New members were unaware of what was going on in different sub-committees. It was specified that the different committee plans are in the year-end report and each theme plan is on the web site.

9. It was stated that out of ninety-five key performance indicators only five or six would be addressed and this would depend on the committee's priorities.

10. The questions for the chancellor were reviewed. The question regarding E-Learning was considered to be an important question to ask the chancellor.

11. The committee felt that it is important to ascertain the chancellor's views on the relationship between MnSCU and the various campuses. It is also important to ascertain how the chancellor plans to coordinate with the various campuses.

12. It was stated that decentralization is the best way to respond to individual needs.

13. It was stated that the committee have a closer working relationship with the president. Some members felt that the president should talk to the committee more often.

14. It was stated that the future fiscal position was uncertain and the committee should anticipate what may happen in the future.

15. The future working relationship between MnSCU and the various campuses was discussed. It is unknown whether the relationship is going to be vertical or horizontal. It was stated that a participative management approach would probably be most effective.

Planned meeting times

Thursday, December 13, 2001, 7:45 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Watab/Sauk-Special Meeting With NCHEMS
Thursday, January 17, 2002, 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Mississippi
Thursday, January 31, 2002, 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Mississippi
Thursday, February 7, 2002, 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Mississippi
Thursday, February 21, 2002, 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Mississippi
Thursday, March 7, 2002, 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Mississippi
Thursday, March 21, 2002, 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Mississippi
Thursday, April 4, 2002, 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Mississippi
Thursday, April 18, 2002, 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Mississippi
Thursday, May 2, 2002, 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., Mississippi

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