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IUP Strategic Visioning Project

President Driscoll spoke at the Strategic Visioning Summit, October 28, 2013

President Michael Driscoll kicked off the Strategic Visioning Summit on October 28, 2013. 

Project News

"A Reflection on the Strategic Visioning Summit" (10/31/13)

"October 28: IUP Community Invited to Strategic Visioning Summit" (9/30/13)

Seeing Possibilities: Strategic Visioning Project Interviews in Full Swing” (4/23/13)

Strategic Vision Statement Finalized

The University Senate and then the IUP Council of Trustees endorsed the Strategic Vision Statement in December 2013. 

Creating the Final Strategic Vision Statement, November 2013

After careful review of the comments recorded at the breakout sessions during the October Strategic Visioning Summit and other input, President Driscoll has issued the final Strategic Vision Statement, to be presented to the University Senate and Council of Trustees in December.

See the final statement, a marked-up version showing the changes from the draft statement, and more resources at:

Drafting the Strategic Vision Statement: Strategic Visioning Summit, October 2013

Over 400 faculty, staff, and students engaged in a lively discussion of the draft Strategic Visioning Statement at the Strategic Visioning Summit held on October 28, 2013, at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. By participating, they helped lay the foundation for the future IUP Strategic Plan. See photos.

Research, Data Gathering, and Analysis by the Student Team, Spring-Summer 2013

In an innovative approach, President Michael Driscoll enlisted journalism professor Michele Papakieand her students  to implement the first phase of the Strategic Visioning Project campuswide. 

The students met with hundreds of members of the IUP community and logged their learning experiences in a blog, Reflections;on Twitter ( @IUPSVP | #IUPSVP)and on  Facebook.

Guiding Questions

  • What makes IUP distinctive?  
  • What would you like to see IUP celebrate at its sesquicentennial celebration in 2025?


The SVP student team consisted of 30 students in Papakie’s Public Relations Presentation Making class in spring semester. They researched the vision, mission, core values, and strategic plan of each university in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. They  also examined PASSHE’s overall plan for the system.

Group Interviews with the IUP Community

The SVP Student Team facilitated interview groups and managed brainstorming sessions of students, faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, community leaders, and business owners. Over 400 people participated in these interviews.

SVP Student TeamThe student team guided interview participants through a SWOT analysis exercise that explored their perceptions of the ways IUP can capitalize on its strengths, diminish its weaknesses, maximize its opportunities, and limit the consequences of its external threats. Interviewees were also asked to share their thoughts on the two guiding questions.

Qualitative analysis 

The team documented the extensive data gathered and entered it into qualitative analysis software.


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