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Strategic Plan Committee Meeting
Friday, 2/22/13 - 2 pm
Founders Hall 2207

Attendees: Julie Babington, Keith Becherer, Wai Cheah, Rhonda Comrie, Kim Durr, Nathalia Garcia, Bev George, Chris Gordon, Dave Heth, Lydia Jackson, Paul Rose, Tim Schoenecker, Jerry Weinberg, Ken Witt, Erik Zimmerman

Absent: Venessa Brown, Jaci DeClue

The meeting was held in Founders Hall 2207. It began with the Committee approving the minutes from 2/8/13.

Paul reminded the committee that SIUC is scheduled to present its strategic plan at the Board of Trustees meeting on 2/28. He also encouraged members to attend President Poshard's presentation on the afternoon of 2/28.

The primary item of business was the completion and approval of the University's mission statement. Discussion focused on how to best incorporate the idea behind the phrase "collaboration and a diversity of ideas" into the statement. After a lengthy discussion that included the review of several alternatives, Schoenecker moved to accept the mission statement that is shown below. Cheah seconded the motion. All members present voted in favor of the motion. The approved mission statement reads as follows:

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a student-centered educational community dedicated to communicating, expanding, and integrating knowledge in a spirit of collaboration enriched by diverse ideas. SIUE propels individuals to achieve their full potential and to shape a changing world.

Attention turned to the Long Term Goals. After some discussion, consensus was reached that a "clean sheet approach" should be used to develop these goals instead of simply modifying the existing ones. The rationale for this decision was that these goals needed to define the path to be taken to fulfill our mission and achieve our vision. A brainstorming session led to the following potential categories for the long term goals:

  • Programs
  • Students, alumni
  • Faculty, staff
  • Resources, facilities, finances
  • Community, region
  • Recognition
  • Campus climate

Furthermore, the following themes were identified that should perhaps be reflected in some fashion in the goals (or at least in the statements that explain the goals):

  • Globalization/international issues
  • Sustainability
  • Retention and graduation
  • Innovation
  • Maintenance of high standards/continuous improvement
  • Diversity of ideas
  • On-line delivery/technology
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Partnerships
  • Development/private support
  • Enhanced campus life
  • Scholarship
  • Regional impact
  • Recruitment of better prepared students

The committee agreed that no opening statement was needed as a "preamble" to the long term goals. Instead, the heading should read "Achieving the Vision: SIUE's Long Term Goals" with the goals listed immediately following the heading.

Next meeting: Friday, March 1 at 2 p.m., Founders Hall 2300.