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November, 2016

  • The Strategic Plan, committee members and supporting documents then placed on the website.
  • Survey included to solicit endorsement.

October, 2016

  • Final call for input/feedback from faculty/staff via GeorgiaView
  • Amendments to the draft (based on feedback from faculty and staff) were adopted by the committee on 10/31/16.

June, 2016

  • The Strategic Plan Draft was then adopted by Steering Committee on 6/1/16 and put on GeorgiaView for solicited input and feedback until 10/31/16.
  • Additional opportunities to vet the plan with stakeholders were scheduled
    • Mix Foundation/Downtown Dev. Auth./Americus Main Street: 6/16/16, 10 am - 12 pm
    • GSW Retiree Association Focus Group: 6/22/16, 12 pm - 2 pm

Spring-Fall, 2016

  • Expand solicitation of input from other campus and community stakeholders:
    • Campus Town Hall Meeting: 5/4/16, 2 pm - 3 pm
    • GSW Foundation Board of Trustees: 5/19/16, 4 pm - 5 pm
    • Mix Foundation: 6/16/16, 10 am - 12 pm
    • Downtown Development Authority: 6/16/16, 10 am - 12 pm
    • Americus Main Street: 6/16/16, 10 am - 12 pm
    • GSW Retiree Association: 6/22/16, 12 pm - 2 pm
    • RCI Advisory Board: 9/15/16, 11 am - 11:45 am
    • Faculty Senate: 9/23/16, 10 am - 11 am
    • Sumter County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors: 9/29/16, 12 pm - 2 pm
    • Alumni Association Board of Directors: 10/22/16, 10 am - 2 pm
    • One Sumter: 10/26/17, 4 pm - 5 pm
    • Student Government Association: 10/27/16, 6 pm - 7 pm
    • GSW Foundation Board of Trustees: 11/3/16, 4 pm - 6 pm
    • GSW Student Body (including online students) Synchronous Meeting: 11/14/16, 6 pm - 9 pm

April, 2016

  • Develop a draft of the Strategic Plan based on input obtained through forums and focus groups
    • April 1, 2016: Strategic Planning Steering Committee met and discussed the outcomes of the four Strategic Planning Forums held on March 7, 8, 16 and 17. Collectively, 71 faculty and staff attended the forums to provide feedback on the Strategic Themes and to contribute to the crafting of Objectives to support each of the 4 Strategic Themes. Additional feedback was provided through the Blackboard portal. Attendees of the four Strategic Planning Forums provided approximately 160 Strategies, Programs and Activities (not excluding duplication) on individual sheets of paper that could be used in the construction of formal Objectives to support the 4 Strategic Themes. Input received from the forums was gathered, put into an excel spreadsheet and categorized, from which objectives to support the strategic themes were formed. All of these Strategies, Programs and Activities were compiled and sorted into categories supporting one or more of the 4 Strategic Themes and then used to construct/write Objectives and Sub-Objectives.
  • Vision Statement and Core Values developed by a sub-committee on April 21, 2016.

March, 2016

  • Draft new Mission Statement
  • Four campus-wide forums were scheduled to give opportunities for faculty and staff to give input into the plan
    • 3/7/16 3 pm - 5 pm
    • 3/8/16 9 am - 11 am
    • 3/16/16 11 am - 1 pm
    • 3/17/16 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Presentation made to the Foundation Board of Trustees Finance Committee on March 28, 2016.

February, 2016

  • Carnegie Community Engagement Classification reviewed and framework put on shared drive
  • Revised Draft of Mission Statement and Goals determined
    • February 4, 2016 - A sub-committee responsible for overarching themes met to determine 4-5 goals or themes which will drive the strategic plan and work of the university. The strategic themes which originally emerged:
      • Expanding High Impact Learning-Teaching Experiences
      • Broadening Residential Co-Curricular Experiences
      • Broadening Co-Curricular Community Engagement Experiences
      • Reimagining the Experience of Leaving and Returning
    • After some discussion, it was decided that there needed to be a goal for financial sustainability and enrollment management. The revised draft resulted in the following:
      • Expanding High Impact Learning-Teaching Experience
      • Transforming Campus Connections
      • Cultivating Community Engagement with Intentionality
      • Promoting Enhanced Stewardship
  • Communication Plan determined: process for dissemination of information and method to solicit feedback (town hall meeting, open forums, focus groups, web/D2L)
  • Town Hall meeting held February 29 at 11 am

January, 2016

  • Newly formed Strategic Planning Steering Committee convened (1/22/16)
  • Strategic Planning Steering Committee minutes, supporting documents and other materials used for planning made accessible to committee members via shared drive
  • SWOT Analysis reviewed
  • Mission Statement revisited
  • Round table discussion regarding assets and strengths of the university
  • A sub-committee was formed to draft a new Mission Statement based on that discussion

December, 2015

  • Teleconference with EAB. Notes shared at January, 2016 meeting

November, 2015

  • Strategic Plan Timeline was established
  • President’s Advisory Council charged with overseeing the process
  • Committee was determined to include President’s Advisory Council, Faculty Senate representative, a Junior Faculty member, and the President of the Student Government Association
  • SWOT Analysis reviewed and priorities determined
  • Sub-committee assigned to review and update the current Mission Statement
  • First meeting of the full Strategic Planning Steering Committee slated to begin January, 2016

Spring, 2015

  • Drafts collected regarding structure

January, 2015

  • SWOT Analysis Report provided to New Interim President
    • The preliminary SWOT analysis was conducted during the first couple of weeks of December 2014. The first response of December 2, 2014 and the last in December 15, 2014. Interim President given the report after he arrived on campus in January 2015.

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