2010-2012 Strategic Plan Update
In 2006, Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College released a Strategic Plan to guide faculty, staff, students, alumni and community supporters in a clear direction. The 2006-2011 Strategic Plan: Defining our Futurepresented a blueprint for achieving Fairmont State’s and Pierpont’s visions and was built upon the college and university-wide core values SOAR (Scholarship, Opportunity, Achievement, Responsibility).
The years since 2006 brought with them dramatic changes that created the need to re-examine our Strategic Plan. These included: census data showing a steady decline in the number of high school graduates over the next 10 years; a national pattern of declining appropriations for public higher education institutions; new expectations for maintaining a high level of graduate programs and faculty; a university presidential transition; heightened global economic uncertainty; and a state mandate that separated Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College. These changes made imperative an assessment of the 2006-2011 Strategic Plan to determine progress and trajectory toward achieving the university’s strategic goals.
A Strategic Planning Revision Committee, chaired by Dr. Richard Harvey, Dean of the School of Business, presented a 2010 Strategic Plan Draft Update to FSU faculty and staff in May 2010. During the fall 2010 semester, there was an intense but brief conversation regarding that draft plan. The 2010-2012 Strategic Plan Update: Redefining Our Future has been finalized.
Redefining Our Future does not set a new course; instead it builds upon and revises the original plan. It adjusts the university’s direction and prepares us to face challenges and embrace opportunities. This plan is incredibly important, not only to guide day-to-day operations of the university but also to serve as a road map for longer-term considerations such as preparations for FSU’s reaccreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 2012.
Through the new priorities of quality, distinction and financial strength and resource stewardship, Redefining our Future sets six goals that will lead the university to a strong future. All six goals are of equal value; progress in all six areas is vital to move FSU forward.
The hard work of the Strategic Planning Revision Committee should be acknowledged in leading the effort to update and finalize the Strategic Plan Update. Thanks also to those who provided input as part of the focus groups held in the fall of 2010 to assist the Strategic Planning Committee.
In October 2010, the FSU Board of Governors approved the allocation of $500,000 in funding to support the plan’s goals. This funding was distributed to support goal-based initiatives through a participatory process. The response from the campus community was overwhelming. By January 2011, about 70 proposals totaling $1.7 million had been received by Dr. Anthony Gilberti, Dean of the College of Science & Technology and chair of the evaluation committee that screened the proposals. These submissions reflect the creativity and talent of our faculty, staff, and students. Dean Gilberti and members of the evaluation committee—Richard Harvey, Veronica Gallo, Howard “Charley” Hively, Gwendolyn Jones, Alicia Nieman, Joyce Rose, and Charles Shields—are to be commended for their hard work.
In February 2011, more than 19 meritorious proposals in 10 categories were funded. To view a list of funded projects, click here. This project was the first step in moving the campus toward a more open, transparent, and participatory resource allocation process that links strategic planning, budgeting/resource allocation, and performance reporting for the entire operational and facilities budget.
Redefining Our Future provides clear focus for the community of shared interests that we continue to build. We all have a role to play in strengthening the institution and making sure that we are providing students the very best opportunity possible. Together, we will continue to move forward.