The 2016 Strategic Planning Advancement Committee, from left: Kimberly Engber, Bob Ross, Cathy Moore-Jansen, Richard Muma, John Perry, Amy Schwiethale, Cindy Claycomb, Dennis Livesay, Clay Stoldt, Charles Koeber, Janet Twomey, Connie Dietz and Stephen Arnold. Click the photo to view larger.
WSU President John Bardo launched the strategic planning effort for Wichita State University in 2012, envisioning a dynamic, powerful future for WSU.
The planning effort is divided into three phases:
Phase I planning was completed in spring 2013. It was managed by a steering committee appointed by President Bardo and co-chaired by Cindy Claycomb, Wichita State University professor of marketing, W. Frank Barton School of Business and Ed O'Malley, president and CEO, Kansas Leadership Center. The committee engaged hundreds of people --including faculty, staff, students, business and community leaders and the general public -- to generate ideas, gather data and make sense of the results.
The data from the steering committee, town hall meetings, interviews and strategic planning retreats were then distilled into a Strategic Planning Artifact report, a document that informed the recasting of the vision, mission and values statements for the university.
The new statements clearly outline what Wichita State can become, and set forth big, audacious goals for the university. The clear support of the community, on and off campus, sends the signal that Wichita State University has the ability and resources to harness their unlimited potential.
Phase II planning was completed in spring 2016. In fall of 2013, academic colleges and units on campus were charged with developing their strategic plans. They were allowed freedom in developing these individual plans, discovering how the university plan relates to their college or unit, and what they plan to change as a result. Plans for academiccolleges and other units (e.g., Student Engagement, Career Development) were completed in spring 2014.
In November 2014, Cindy Claycomb, assistant to the president for strategic planning and professor, formed and facilitated a Phase II Strategic Planning Steering Committee:
The steering committee was tasked to support alignment of WSU Colleges’ strategic plans with the University’s seven strategic goals. Presentations and discussions with deans, chairs, vice presidents and directors occurred throughout the planning cycle. The following was accomplished:
In Phase III, engagement of Resource Partners to support Phase II plans continues. Resource Partners are units on campus not located within an academic College. Resource Partners include Career Development Center, Finance and Administration, Research and Technology Transfer, Strategic Communications, Student Affairs, Human Resources, WSU Alumni Association, WSU Foundation and miscellaneous other offices.
This engagement process kicked-off with the first annual strategic planning review process -- “Where We Are and Where Are We Going” -- on September 7, 2016. This event was our first annual interactive strategic plan review and update. Each of the deans from the academic Colleges presented the implementation highlights, multidisciplinary collaborations, challenges and next steps from their college’s strategic plan. The entire campus community was invited, and attendees were engaged in interactive sessions throughout the afternoon that encouraged cross-campus conversations.
The new standing committee -- the Strategic Planning Advancement Committee -- was appointed in spring 2016. Each college and other Academic Affairs units selected a trusted person to ensure outcomes and metrics are set and measured within the college or unit. This person also serves on the Strategic Planning Advancement Committee:
Responsibilities for this committee include:
1. Assessment process
2. Annual College and unit review process
3. Review of University goals for needed revisions
4. Ownership of WSU Strategic Plan website content
5. Review of Strategic Plan templates, tools and metrics for needed changes