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San Diego State University

Building on Excellence

Message to Campus

March 13, 2013

From: Elliot Hirshman, President; Bill Eadie, Chair, University Senate;
Rob O'Keefe, President, Associated Students

Subject: Strategic Planning

We would like to thank the many members of the university community who
have provided input to the strategic planning process to date. We are
once again soliciting your input.

The strategic planning task forces represent five areas of critical
• Student Success and Academic Excellence
• Research and Creative Endeavors
• Community Engagement (inclusive of Campus Climate, K-12 partnerships,
Alumni Engagement, and Economic Development)
• Diversity
• Internationalization

After gathering input and assessing the recommendations provided by the
task forces and working groups, the steering committee has integrated
the proposed recommendations into a draft strategic plan. You can access
the draft through the strategic planning website

The three goals outlined in the draft strategic plan are:

Goal 1: San Diego State University will continue to focus on Student
Success by emphasizing high-impact practices that produce
transformational educational experiences and by fostering an
institutional culture that recognizes and rewards student achievement.

Goal 2: San Diego State University will continue to enhance its research
and creative endeavors profile, with a particular emphasis on building
areas of excellence and addressing national and international challenges.

Goal 3: San Diego State University will become a center of community
life and engagement for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the public
through events, activities, and communication designed to bring diverse
participants together.

The draft is a work in progress; your feedback on the goals and
initiatives outlined in the draft plan is essential and will be used by
the steering committee to revise the strategic plan. The draft plan will
be available for your review and feedback through Friday, March 22.

An open forum will take place on Tuesday, March 19 at 1 p.m. in Love
Library, Room 430/431. You are encouraged to attend the open forum and
provide direct feedback to the Steering Committee.

After taking into consideration the feedback received, the finalized
report will be provided to President Hirshman.

Additional information about the Strategic Planning process can be found

Thank you in advance for taking the time to review the draft report.
Your input is greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or comments, please send them to

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