The Planning Process
The University Planning and Development Office has an oversight responsibility for the various components of the university's planning process which is composed of the Administrative Council as members. A central focus of the campus-wide planning process is to provide opportunities for input and comment by all members of the university community. Efforts are made to facilitate the sharing of planning information both within and across units and to identify opportunities for collaborative efforts between organizational units. The approval process is designed to insure that the university is making every effort to respond to all of the anticipated opportunities and challenges that are projected to be in the University’s future.
An important component of planning is the assessment of process, program and service outcomes. Data collection and analysis are extremely important in this process and in defining projected societal needs and modifying organizational priorities.
Efforts are constantly made to streamline and improve all university processes including planning. Through formal assessment techniques and by listening to participants in the planning process, efforts are made to eliminate duplication, combine activities, reduce waste, and provide appropriate training.
University planning addresses the challenge of charting the university’s future through a standardized process that links assessment to decision-making and resource allocation. It is expected that assessment results will have a direct impact on plans at all levels. Through the cyclical nature of the process, strategic and operational planning activities are linked to produce a union of strategy development, budgeting, and outcomes analysis. At every step in the planning process the campus community is provided with opportunities for input and review.