You are here: Home / About / Strategic Management / Strategic Planning Council

Strategic Planning Council

Strategic Planning Council Operating Procedures


Mission
The Strategic Planning Council (SPC) is an on-going body, with diverse and broad-based membership, that administers the Strategic Plan by establishing priorities and developing action plans to support the Mission and meet the strategic objectives of the College of Business. SPC members facilitate the design, advancement, and renewal of the Strategic Plan and assist the College by leading change. The SPC adopts a long-term perspective for the College and transmits proposals to the Dean for implementation consideration. The SPC reports its activities and outcomes to the Faculty, College, and standing committees periodically and documents its performance on an annual basis. The decisions made by the SPC will be used to guide College, departmental, and program initiatives and resource allocations.


Responsibilities of SPC Members

  • Serve as advocates for strategic change;
  • Continually seek input from College stakeholders to foster ownership of and to generate commitment to the development and advancement of the Strategic Plan;
  • Continuously review and update the Strategic Plan as needed;
  • Identify programs, systems, and processes within the College needing change, improvement, or innovation;
  • Facilitate communication among College stakeholders about strategic activities;
  • Make recommendations to the Dean and other standing committees of the College where appropriate;
  • Assess the success and accomplishments of strategic initiatives and ensure the “closing of the loop” on specific activities where appropriate;
  • Serve as ambassadors to champion the Strategic Plan and the Strategic Planning process.

Meetings
The SPC meets as a full body a minimum of four times each year on the second Friday of September, November, February, and April. Subcommittees and action teams commissioned by the SPC may meet more frequently as needed. Although the activities of the SPC are fluid and may vary, the general format for the SPC meetings are as follows:

September Meeting :

  • New members begin term.
  • Strategic Plan and procedures are reviewed and updated if necessary.
  • Action teams report on progress on strategic action items.
  • Action teams that completed their work are decommissioned.
  • Priorities are reviewed and possible future action items are discussed.
  • New action teams are commissioned, if required.


November Meeting
:

  • Strategic Plan and procedures are reviewed and updated if necessary.
  • Action teams report on progress on strategic action items.
  • Action teams that completed their work are decommissioned.
  • Priorities are reviewed and possible future action items are discussed.
  • New action teams are commissioned, if required.


February Meeting :

  • Strategic Plan and procedures are reviewed and updated if necessary.
  • Action teams report on progress on strategic action items.
  • Action teams that completed their work are decommissioned.
  • Priorities are reviewed and possible future action items are discussed.
  • New action teams are commissioned, if required.


April Meeting :

  • Strategic Plan and procedures are reviewed and updated if necessary.
  • Action teams report on progress on strategic action items.
  • Action teams that completed their work are decommissioned.
  • Priorities are reviewed and possible future action items are discussed.
  • New action teams are commissioned, if required.
  • SPC membership transitions occur at end of meeting.


Summer :

  • Annual Strategic Planning Report is completed.
  • Action team membership for the next year is finalized.


Membership
The Strategic Planning Council consists of the Dean as Chair and a minimum of six (6) faculty members. Such faculty members are nominated by their departments and appointed by the Dean, and should provide representation for concerns of instructional staff, junior and senior faculty, and the various College programs. The SPC, at the Dean’s discretion or with the advice of the faculty members of the SPC, may also include representatives from other internal stakeholders (e.g., directors, staff members, students, university administration) and from external stakeholders (e.g., College alumni, businesses, and community organizations.) Such stakeholder representation may change as the identified strategic priorities and initiatives of the College change. SPC members serve three-year terms that are staggered such that approximately one-third of the membership transitions on and off of the Council each year.


Action Teams
Separate action teams may be created by the SPC to fulfill an activity it identifies to achieve a strategic goal and objective. The outcomes and deliverables from action team activity, including timelines, source s of funds, and other resources required for this activity, will be identified and approved by the SPC prior to the start of action team work. These action teams generally consist of a select group of College stakeholders (faculty, staff, students, alumni, etc.) and, preferably, include at least one member of the SPC. Each action team is responsible for documenting its work and reporting back to the SPC at its periodic meetings. The SPC will receive and evaluate the outcomes of action team work and will discharge an action team once its work is completed and its outcomes have been achieved.