Stephen F. Austin State University

The Next Strategic Plan

Message from the President

October 29, 2014

Over the past few weeks, members of the Envision SFA team have been meeting with individuals and groups across campus to listen to their input into the next SFA Strategic Plan. In addition, stakeholders in the community and across the state have also been engaged in the planning process, sharing input from their perspectives on the future of SFA.

We are about halfway through our engagement and data-gathering phase - and we are having a terrific response.

By the end of October, plans call for more than 800 people to be included. By the time this phase ends in mid-November, more than 1,200 people should have had the chance to provide input directly through personal participation in an engagement session. An on-line survey will be conducted at the end of this planning phase to create a chance for input for those who might not have been able to attend a face-to-face session.

I want to thank the members of the Envision SFA team for their hard work so far, as well as for their work yet to come. I also want to thank those of you who have been generous with your time and your insight as you have offered input during this process.

Together we are planning for the future - and it looks bright!

Why does SFA care about strategic planning?

Simply put, strategic planning is the process an organization (in our case, SFA) uses to define its direction, set goals, determine the actions and resources needed to achieve these goals, and establish performance measures so progress can be gauged.

A strategic plan defines the goals [ends] and outlines how these ends are achieved by the means [resources].

Envision SFA...

is what we are calling the five-phase collaborative strategic planning process that will inform the development of our next strategic plan.

Phase I Phase II Phase III Phase IV Phase V

Collaborative Strategic Planning

The process we will employ over the next several months is termed "collaborative strategic planning." This planning method has been developed by Dr. Patrick Sanaghan as he has shared his expertise on strategic planning, leadership development and facilitation techniques with more than 100 colleges and universities over the past 25 years. This five-phase process is designed to meaningfully engage University stakeholders with the goal of creating a shared future vision for the institution.

During the Engagement and Data Gathering phase of the process, the Strategic Planning Team will be engaging with more than 1,000 people (faculty, staff, student, administrators, alumni, community, governmental leaders, prospective students and parents) seeking input that will inform the on-going development of the new plan.

The reports outlining what has been learned during these engagement sessions will be posted on the "Data Gathering Results" page as they are submitted by team members.


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