Next Up: Strategies to Implement Objectives

Since our last entry in August the steering committee has been developing objectives that flesh out the six (6) goals previously mentioned.  Now, 22 subcommittee chairs and their teams will generate the underlying strategies. “Strategies” in the sense educators use the word for the “means, methods, activities and assessments” required to achieve the objectives.

We will keep you up-to-date on that work as it progresses. Our target is to have a first-pass strategic plan DRAFT ready for review by the entire campus and interested parties by the end of the Fall 2016 term.

Meanwhile, please feel free to share your thoughts on the work so far by posting comments to this blog.

NOTE:  This is a work-in-progress and subject to substantial change based on recommendations of the working committees and feedback from others.

Goal 1:  Promote Growth in Academic and Research Excellence

  • Objective 1:  Support, improve, and recognize excellence in teaching, artistic endeavor, and research
  • Objective 2:  Develop new & update existing programs to satisfy growing industry demands and meet student needs

Goal 2:  Target Recruiting, Maximize Retention & Increase Graduation Rates

  • Objective 1: Increase new student enrollment by 5% in the next 5 years.
  • Objective 2: Increase student retention and persistence by 5% in the next 5 years.
  • Objective 3: Increase overall student graduation rates by 5% in the next 5 years.

Goal 3:  Recruit, Retain & Develop Faculty, Staff and Student Employees

  • Objective 1: Provide and cultivate adequate financial & administrative resources to support the appropriate recruitment and retention of faculty and staff.
  • Objective 2: Create an environment that promotes development, training and job satisfaction for faculty, staff and student employees.
  • Objective 3: Promote and articulate job & organizational expectations and local environmental characteristics to prospective employees.

Goal 4:  Strengthen a Sustainable & Diversified Financial Base

  • Objective 1:  Maximize, maintain and grow available operating resources
  • Objective 2: Maintain an appropriate infrastructure of personnel and facilities that can be sustained by available revenue.[1]
  • Objective 3:  Develop and maintain an infrastructure that enables the university to cultivate, expand and sustain philanthropic support.
  • Objective 4:  Improve institutional processes to strengthen the pre- and post- grant and sponsored programs support.

Goal 5:  Build and Enrich Stakeholder Relationships

  • Objective 1: Broaden and deepen constituent engagement developing more meaningful relationships with alumni, friends and students
  • Objective 2:  Enrich the university communities by sharing resources, expertise and experiences.
  • Objective 3:  Create and develop relationships with potential employers to afford academic experiences relevant to students’ professional success and [employer value]

Goal 6:  Unify and Enhance Image and Visibility of Sul Ross

  • Objective 1:  Increase awareness of and advocacy for the university by showcasing Sul Ross’s teaching, learning, research, athletics and artistic excellence.
  • Objective 2:  Maintain a visually unified, aesthetically pleasing campus that showcases our status of excellence
  • Objective 3:  Advance and provide support for sustainability initiatives throughout the university
  • Objective 4:  Develop coordinated and consistent messaging that enhance Sul Ross’s image
  • Objective 5:  Elevate the Sul Ross traditions, community and Lobo pride

[1] Affordability will be either be a strategy under this objective or or a stand-alone objective tied to this goal pending recommendation of subcommittee

Here is a link to a PDF file suitable for circulating via email Proposed Strategic Goals and Objectives (as of 26Sep16)

August Progress Report and Request for Comment

Three months ago, University President, Dr. Bill Kibler, announced the launch of a new Strategic Planning effort. I wanted to give you an update of our progress.

We are using the current 2014-2018 Strategic Plan as our starting point. Although much of that plan remains valid, we now realize we needed stronger buy-in from the SRSU community and stakeholders, should have taken more time to share the strategic plan, and added more methods to measure progress. This experience taught us that to have a successful, measurable strategic plan we will need to take more time and be more inclusive. While the new plan will take longer to build, it will be in better shape to serve as our prime means of guiding Sul Ross’ future.

In the development of the new strategic plan, the committee has drafted six goals and the objectives associated with these goals. Because the development process relies heavily on feedback from many key people who were unavailable during the summer break, this work will continue over the next few months as people return to the campus and the committee holds outreach events.

Those new strategic goals as they exist today are:

  • Promote Growth in Academic and Research Excellence
  • Target Recruiting, Maximize Retention & Increase Graduation Rates
  • Recruit, Retain & Develop Faculty, Staff and Student Employees
  • Strengthen a Sustainable & Diversified Financial Base
  • Build and Enrich Stakeholder Relationships
  • Unify and Enhance the Image and Visibility of Sul Ross

Meanwhile, I encourage you to submit comments, suggestions, and concerns about the strategic planning process and the future direction of Sul Ross State University to this blog.

Strategic Plan Steering Committee

The Strategic Plan Steering Committee is composed of the following individuals.  Please feel free to contact anyone on the list with comments and ideas in the process.

Dr. Bonnie Warnock, Professor of Natural Resource Management, CHAIR

Dr. Jeanne Qvarnstrom, Asst. Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Rob Kinucan, Dean, College of Agriculture & Natural Resource Sciences

Dr. Joey Velasco, Asst. Professor of Communication and President, Faculty Assembly

Dr. Gina Stocks, Asst. Professor of Education, Rio Grande College

Ms. Mary Beth Marks, Interim Vice President for Enrollment Management

Ms. Yvonne Realivasquez, Director of Administration

Ms. Gail Collier, Director of Human Resources

Ms. Kara O’Shaughnessy, Admin. Asst./Database Manager, External Affairs

Ms. Liz Pena, Director of the Small Business Development Center, Rio Grande College

Ms. April Aultman Becker, Dean of Libraries and Research Technologies

Ms. Martha Serrano, Admin. Coordinator, Physical Plant Operations

Mr. Dave Gibson, Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology