The second year of Strategic Directions was dedicated to formulating five-year action plans to advance USD toward its vision. The directions created during the first year of the planning process were deliberately cast as visionary, leaving ample opportunity for creative planning.
On September 1, 2004, Institutional Research & Planning facilitated an administrative retreat for the President's Cabinet to begin the discussion of action planning. Each vice president and dean summarized the strategic objectives in his or her area to inform the group as a whole. During the fall semester, Cel Johnson and Larry Gardepie interviewed each of them to identify how their existing plans might best contribute to the institution's strategic goals. From these interviews, they developed a series of themes to focus the action plans.
Strategic Directions Workshop
On February 8, 2005, President Lyons hosted a workshop dedicated to brainstorming ideas for creatively building on these themes to develop USD in new ways. The President asked for volunteers who had interest and expertise in these areas, and over 90 administrators, faculty, staff, and students attended. Participants were divided into seven tables to brainstorm ideas on the topics listed in the table below. For a summary of the major ideas on a particular topic, please click the appropriate X under 'Workshop Ideas' in the table below.
Institutional Research & Planning then hosted a series of open forums, one for each of the seven topics, to solicit additional input. Each forum was an hour long so that members of the campus community could attend discussions centered on the topics of interest to them. For a summary of the comments offered by forum participants on a particular topic, please click the appropriate X under 'Forum Notes' in the table below.
Participants in both the workshop and the forums were encouraged to submit comments or additional ideas. Please click the appropriate X under 'More Ideas' to review them.
Proposals Addressing Workshop Topics
After the open forums, Institutional Research and Planning worked with different groups to draft action plan proposals on several of these topics. To review, please click the appropriate X under 'Draft Plans.'
|Catholic Social Thought > themes||X||X||X||X|
|Diversity and Inclusion||X||X||X||pending|
|School of Peace Studies||X||X||X||pending|
Four other proposals were developed to address issues that have been discussed during the planning process but were not specifically addressed as topics at the February workshop. All represent multi-year endeavors which, if achieved, would strengthen the institutional foundation for achieving our strategic goals.
The President and vice presidents reviewed the action plans and recommended that four topics be developed as Strategic Directions Initiatives during the next academic year: Catholic Social Thought, Diversity and Inclusion, Internationalization, and Integrated Learning. Many of the other topics will continue as ongoing institutional initiatives.