“A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Every strong organization has a plan for its future. In fact, without a strategic plan, universities limit their potential and their opportunities to be successful over time. That’s why at Pittsburg State University, we’ve put careful consideration into the development of our Strategic Plan, which is guiding the university in its goals and initiatives.
Adopted in 2007 and reaffirmed in 2010, Pittsburg State’s Strategic Plan has become the roadmap for our university, addressing everything from the future of academics to which goals take top priority.
Pittsburg State’s current strategic plan, which runs through the year 2015, has served the university well.
In order to maintain the momentum that this plan has provided, university officials have launched a new strategic planning effort.
In November of 2013, President Steve Scott authorized the creation of a new strategic task force. The 20 members of this task force, who represent students, staff, faculty and the community, are charged with developing a new strategic plan that is both visionary and quantifiable.
“It is time to look ahead to the next decade and decide where we want to be as an institution,” Scott said. “In the coming months, the Strategic Planning Task Force will focus like a laser on the future.”
Chaired by Dr. Brad Hodson and Dr. Jan Smith, this task force has taken its charge seriously and understands the monumental task that awaits it.
“These 20 men and women will be focused on completing two important tasks over the coming months,” Smith said. “The first is the development of a strategic plan that, as President Scott noted, is both visionary and quantifiable. But that isn’t enough. This group will also be tasked with developing a new method of integrating this strategic plan into the daily lives of our campus family.”
Pittsburg State has hired the nationally-acclaimed higher education consulting firm Keeling and Associates to assist with the planning process.
Based in New York City, Keeling & Associates has more than 20 years of experience working with more than 250 institutions nationwide. Their university clients include the University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State University. They’ve also worked with institutions such as Duke, Indiana University and Yale University.
The task force has begun the initial phase of the planning process by hosting more than 30 individual, campus-wide and community input sessions.
“It’s vital that this process is open and inclusive,” Hodson explained. “We’re gaining some great insight into what our campus and community wants Pittsburg State to be in the coming years. The challenge will be distilling these ideas down to develop a plan positions Pittsburg State to be a prominent leader in higher education.”
Dai Li, from Analysis, Planning and Assessment; Deatrea Rose, from Enrollment Management; Misty Button, from Budget and Human Resource Services; David Adams, from Campus Life; Chris Kelly, from University Advancement; Angela Neria, from the President’s Office; Paul Grimes, representing college deans; Bob Frisbee, representing college chairs; Kevin Bracker, from the College of Business; Janice Jewett, from the College of Education; Carol Werhan and Hazel Coltharp, from the College of Arts & Sciences; Brian Sanford, from the College of Technology; Randy Roberts, from Academic Affairs; Tim Anderson, representing classified staff; Ellen Carter, representing unclassified staff; Kiki Eigenmann, representing Pitt State students; and Marty Beezley, representing the community.