In December 2006, Dr. Baker Pattillo, President of Stephen F. Austin State University, appointed a Strategic Planning Committee to begin the process of developing the next strategic plan for the university. With the input of the campus community, the committee developed a mission statement for the university that was approved by the Board of Regents in April 2008. The committee studied current issues in higher education and reviewed the demographic, economic, and governmental realities that face SFA. In addition, the committee noted the opportunities available to the university.
As requested by President Pattillo, the Strategic Planning Committee developed a limited, achievable set of objectives that will position SFA for success in meeting the elements of our mission statement. Strategic Plan 2013: Preparing for the Future is presented as six initiatives; in addition, the committee has included a number of strategies for implementation to achieve each initiative. The list of strategies includes items that are of high importance; however, the list is not exclusive. The campus community will develop action items to support the strategies and the initiatives. These efforts will be coordinated through the administrative divisions of the university.
These initiatives and strategies provide a framework that will guide SFA in operational planning and decision-making in the years to come. Successful achievement of the six initiatives will result in a better institution, offering greater value to our students and the state of Texas.