St. Cloud State University
Strategic Planning Committee Minutes
March 7, 2002, 7:45 a.m. Mississippi Room

Members Present: Edward Addo, Bassey Eyo, Jeanne Hites, Balsy Kasi, Pat Krueger, Andrew Larkin, Glen Palm, Mohammad Mahroof-Tahir, Aspasia Rigopoulou-Melcher, Mary Soroko, Addie Turkowski, and Jay Vora

Members Absent: John Burgeson, Diane Decker, Bonnie Hedin, John Palmer, Karen Thoms, Fred Walker, and Brenda Wentworth

Support Staff: Subimal Chopra and Lucie Schwartzkopf

Guests: Diana Burlison and Stephen Casanova

I. January 31, 2002, and February 21, 2002, minutes approved with one revision.

II. Discussion of feedback to Deans
After several options were discussed, it was proposed to consolidate the deans reports, continue setting priorities, and then invite the deans in the spring to discuss their plans more in-depth as well as seek gaps between their plans and the priorities at that time.

III. Polishing priorities
Members broke into the same groups from the retreat to discuss Service and Community Relations, Academic Distinction, and Diversity (Technology members were absent). The discussion followed the "Polishing our Priorities" hand-out and the following:

  1. Can priorities be combined? (Our goal: no more than 5 priorities)
  2. Is it strategic?
  3. Consistency with vision and mission
  4. Does each priority represent an appropriate response to the internal and external environments?
  5. Rationale statements for each priority

IV. Just prior to the small group discussions, one member reported that according to a meeting held the day before, the faculty senate has concerns with the revised mission. One member clarified that the mission has to be based on the data gathered through the campus conversations and e-mail data collected, which do not entirely support the mission as originally written by the summer task force. Another member noted that having also been present at that same meeting, it was not the faculty consensus to disagree with the revised mission. While some individuals had expressed certain concerns, the sentiment was more toward re-wording it so that it would read more fluently. The member who brought up the concern expressed wanting SPL to review the mission.

V. Envisioning our future
Tabled until next week due to illness in the family of the presenter.

Planned meeting times

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