Strategic Planning is the process by which goals are set and plans are made. Input from the community, business partners, students, faculty, and staff provide important insights that inform the direction of the institution for the future.
The 2022-2025 strategic plan has been completed. The Mission, Vision, and Values have been updated and went to the Board of Trustees for approval September 2, 2022.
The mission, vision, and values have been approved by the ASU System Board of Trustees.
Planning groups met October 2017 through March 2018 to review the current strategic plan and make suggestions for changes as needed.
The Arkansas State University Mid-South 2022-2025 Strategic Plan represents the culmination of an eighteen-month process that began at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and concludes as the college absorbs and builds upon the lessons of the past two years. Led by the Institutional Effectiveness and Planning Committee, this process has expanded to include all faculty and staff, input from students and community stakeholders, and focused support from additional committees and working groups.
The planning process consisted of three broad phases: Assess, Design, and Build. The initial Assess phase entailed a review of the previous strategic plan and a data-gathering effort that was extended, due to the committee’s interest in gaining insights from knowledge gained during the Fall 2021 semester’s disruptions of the previous academic year. After reviewing the previous plan, as well as available data, the committee determined additional data needs and established an emphasis on measurable objectives and sustainability in developing the new plan. The committee members gathered data from the employer and labor market, as well as information from a student survey conducted specifically for the planning effort. The committee then drafted the four strategic priorities and determined appropriate methods for engaging the rest of our campus in developing both objectives and assessment mechanisms.
Moving into the Design Phase, the committee held a campus-wide, strategic-planning kickoff meeting, including a survey for faculty and staff, in November of 2021. This was followed by a series of four open forums in the following weeks, and in Spring 2022, where all faculty and staff were invited to discuss each priority in smaller focus groups and propose measurable objectives. The conversations arising from these forums provided excellent feedback, while allowing faculty and staff to evaluate the changes we have experienced as a college. In addition, our Chancellor hosted a series of “fireside chats,” which while providing insights for the planning process, were more informal conversations that helped faculty and staff reconnect, share their everyday work experiences, and propose new ideas to improve our college and better serve our students.
Finally, in April through July of 2022, the committee worked to finalize measurable objectives for each Strategic Priority. The Academic Assessment Committee also provided ideas and guidance in the development of Key Performance Indicators for Assessment Plans. In July, the committee completed the Assessment Plans and approved the whole of the Strategic Plan in its final form. The planning process leads to an ongoing Management phase, in which the committee will assess the college’s progress annually by reviewing KPI reports and Operational Plans from the previous academic year.
Departments will now form yearly operational plan goals based on the strategic plan initiatives.