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Input Sought for Strategic Plan

Open forums for the SDSU Strategic Plan will take place Sept. 28-Oct. 10.

The university community has been invited to share input on how San Diego State can build on its current strengths, meet challenges and seize emerging opportunities. 

As part of a recently launched strategic planning process, suggestions will be sought through several open forums and via the Strategic Plan website.

The first of the open forums will be held Friday, September 28.

“San Diego State has a history of strong collaboration and shared governance,” said Sally Roush, vice president for Business and Financial Affairs.   “Recent budget reductions have created new urgency for our campus community to come together and develop a thoughtful plan for our current challenges.”

Areas of focus

The strategic planning process relies heavily on the work of a steering committee and five task forces.  Each task force and associated working groups are responsible for a specific area.

These areas include:

The steering committee — co-chaired by Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs Sally Roush and Provost Nancy Marlin — is responsible for the overall planning process, including the preparation of the final strategic plan which integrates the recommendations of the task forces and creates an integrated financial plan.

“I encourage the entire university community to be involved by reviewing the materials posted on the Strategic Plan website and by submitting comments and additional ideas via that site,” said Bill Eadie, senate chair and Steering Committee member.  “Each group will also be holding an open forum where oral comments will be received.”

A campus-wide process

Recently, the membership of the various groups was finalized. 

According to Eadie, there was an enthusiastic response.  In addition to university representatives, selected task forces include community and alumni representatives.  Each group has been provided with a letter outlining the group’s charge along with a set of potential questions derived from prior community input.

After the open forums are held in October, the task forces and their associated working groups will convene and begin work on written reports.  Meeting minutes and draft reports will be shared via the Strategic Plan website so additional comments can be received before the reports are finalized. 

The task forces must provide reports to the steering committee by Feb. 1, 2013. The final strategic plan will then be finalized by Mar. 29, 2013. 

For more information and to provide input, visit the Strategic Plan website.