The following are some general questions about the strategic plan.
Why should I care about the Strategic Plan?
IUP is proud of its shared governance. Everyone who attends, graduates from, works for, lives near, or cares about IUP is a stakeholder and is being given an opportunity to have a say in its future. This Strategic Plan, designed to be a living document under constant review and revision, will lead IUP into the celebration of our sesquicentennial in 2025. This is your opportunity to provide input.
How was the plan developed?
It began with President Driscoll’s Strategic Visioning Project, which culminated in fall 2013. Nearly 500 people, representative of all of IUP’s constituencies, were involved in focus groups to answer the following questions: What makes IUP distinctive? What would you like to celebrate at IUP’s sesquicentennial in 2025? What are IUP’s strengths? Weaknesses? Opportunities? Threats?
All of these data were aggregated and eventually distilled into IUP’s Vision and Values. The information was also used to develop the framework for the Strategic Plan. Both processes were designed to invite and encourage as much participation as possible, so all of IUP’s stakeholders can have a hand in taking IUP to the next level.
More detailed work was done at the University Planning Council, and now this draft plan is being presented for your feedback through March, when it will ultimately by presented to the Council of Trustees and University Senate for ratification.
What are the four overarching goals of the Strategic Plan?
The goals of the strategic plan are:
To learn more about the strategies and tactics associated with each goal, please click on the links above.
How will we accomplish these goals?
There are 21 strategies outlined in the plan that will advance each goal. Each strategy is an overarching idea that answers the question “How will we accomplish this particular goal?”
The links in the previous question can be used to explore the strategies associated with each goal.
How will we realize the strategies?
The plan has 71 tactics: Think of them as the “to-do list” for accomplishing each strategy. These items are tied to an area of responsibility. This is how we will operationalize the plan and measure its effectiveness.
Who is responsible for determining whether or not targets are met?
Each tactic will be assigned to an area of responsibility and designed to a measurable format. Data will be used as much as possible to measure progress toward a tactic. The outcomes will be assessed by the appropriately assigned responsible parties, and success will be celebrated!
What happens if a target isn’t met?
If targets come up short, we will discover why and adjust the processes as needed to achieve better results. Remember, this is a “living document” and will adjust as we go forward.
What is the life cycle of the plan?
Some organizations have three- or five-year strategic plans. IUP’s Strategic Plan will be a rolling plan. It will be a living document under constant review and revision. Each year, the provost will publicize the plan’s progress and revisions. A dashboard is being created to make the progress toward our goals visible and accessible to everyone.
How will we ensure this plan is a living document, and it’s not created and just put on a shelf?
Much like the university’s Vision and Values Statements, the Strategic Plan’s design invites and encourages participation and collaboration among all constituencies. Everyone who loves IUP owns a piece of the Strategic Plan. It is up to all of us—within every constituency—to not only play a part it its creation, but also in its implementation, assessment, and continual revision.
What can I do to make this plan meaningful to my area and me?
Partake in the process. Listen, speak, encourage others to get involved. As you make plans for the coming year in your area of responsibility, visit the university’s Strategic Plan and see what the entire community deems important. Align your plans to meet the overarching goals! Projects that reflect work toward university goals and strategies will likely be given priority when it comes to support and funding. We all need to move in one direction to achieve success.