Related Committees

Strategic Goal Committees

There is a Strategic Goal Committee (SGC) for each of the five strategic goals, with membership from various stakeholder groups directly associated with the goal.

SGC 1. Enhancing Student Learning & Success 

Membership: 3 Co-chairs [1 from Academic Affairs, 1 from Student Affairs, and 1 from University Ministry] and members associated with student learning, core curriculum, retention and graduation, enrollment, student policies, space and place, onboarding, career outcomes, and student awards.

SGC 2. Strengthening Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice

Membership: 2 Co-chairs and at least one additional member

SGC 3. Improving Structural & Operational Effectiveness

Membership: 2 Co-chairs and at least one additional member

SGC 4. Elevating Faculty & Staff Engagement

Membership: 2 Co-chairs and at least one additional member

SGC 5. Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation

Membership: 2 Co-chairs and at least one additional member

Charge for Each SGC:

  • Oversees a needs assessment (research, evaluate and prioritize) of strategic initiative pre-proposals related to their goal area (including those stemming from the strategic goal opportunities).
  • With input from VPs or Deans, uses a set of criteria to determine which strategic initiative pre-proposals move to the Strategic Initiative Review Council for a full proposal review.
  • Makes recommendations if criteria are not met and advises if a variation of the proposal should be submitted for the next cycle or deferred for several cycles.

Strategic Initiative Review Council (SIRC)

The Strategic Initiative Review Council is chaired by the Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives and has five additional members – one Co-chair from each of the five Strategic Goal Committees.

Charge for SIRC :

  • After pre-proposals are accepted by a Strategic Goal Committee, SIRC reviews full proposals and budgets, using a scoring rubric (including those stemming from the strategic goal opportunities).
  • Determines, with input from VP or Dean, which strategic initiative proposals move to the Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC) for funding consideration.
  • Makes recommendations if criteria are not met and advises if a variation of the proposal should be submitted for the next cycle or deferred for several cycles.

Strategic Planning Steering Committee (SPSC)

The Strategic Planning Steering Committee has two co-chairs, members representing various areas across the campus community and the President as an Ex-Officio member.

Charge for SPSC :

  • Affirm USD’s capacity to fulfill the institution’s goals and opportunities through the integrated Strategic Planning process.
  • Review strategic initiative full proposals, budgets, and rubric scoring forwarded by SIRC.
  • Recommend proposal funding to Executive Council for a vote and a final decision from the President.