St. Cloud State University
Strategic Planning Committee Minutes
March 21, 2003, 2:00 p.m. Mississippi Room, Atwood Center

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Members Present: Theresia Fisher, John Burgeson, Diana Burlison, Sara Grachek, Bonnie Hedin, Steve Klepetar, Pat Krueger, Guihua Li, Edward Addo, Lisa Foss, Susan Motin, Debbie Tamte-Horan, John Palmer, Karen Thoms

Members Absent: Judith Kilborn, Chad Sivertson, Andy Larkin, Brenda Wentworth, Ben Baliga, Mary Soroko, Phil Thorson, Ali Malekzadeh, Joe Opatz, Glen Palm, Addie Turkowski

Approval of Feb. 21 Minutes:

Motion: Moved (Thoms, Addo) to approve minutes of Feb. 21, 2002 with the addition of Susan Motin to the members present list. Passed.

New Agenda Items: None

Old Business:

A. Report on planning subcommittees: Four groups have their comments on the SPC web site. Sara Grachek reported that there will be a link developed between the forum feedback and the revised goals.

B. Report on Strategic Planning: Lisa Foss reported that the sub-committee has developed a draft report on Strategic Planning activities at SCSU to date. The draft is being reviewed by the vice presidents. A final draft will be available at the next SPC meeting.

C. Diversity and Social Justice Strategic Goal: Theresia Fisher reported that the Independent Review Committee and the Committee on Diversity Education are reviewing the draft.

D. Strategic Planning Committee Charge: Jay Vora reported that he has drafted a charge to be reviewed by Provost Spitzer for the Strategic Planning Committee. He will be meeting with Theresia Fisher to review the final draft.

E. Meeting notes from the NCHEM’s visit were distributed.

F. Priority Strategic Goals Discussion:
The committee reviewed the Academic Distinction revisions. The committee discussed removing the references to specific protected groups from goal IA so that other groups would not feel like they were omitted.

There was a lengthy discussion about goal IB. Some committee members expressed concern that this goal put too much emphasis on upper division and graduate courses. Other committee members stated that this was part of defining who the university wants to be in the future.

The committee discussed whether the priority strategic goals should be presented to the campus committee with references to the campus feedback directly in the document. It was decided that the goals would be placed on the web site without the comments but that a link to the comments would be provided for those who wish to review them.

It was decided that the remaining sub-committees should use the same format as the Academic Distinction goal when preparing their documents.

Theresia Fisher stated that she would take the final goals to Faculty Senate for approval.

The committee reviewed the Diversity and Social Justice Goal. There was discussion about the introduction for this goal. The other priority strategic goals do not have this type of introduction. Committee members discussed whether this should be changed so that all goals would be parallel. The committee also discussed revising the language in the Goal I rationale so that it is more positive and proactive.

G. Next Meeting: The committee decided to meet again next week to continue work on the goal revisions and KPIs. The next meeting will be: Friday, March 28 at 2 p.m. in the Glacier Room in Atwood.

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