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 FSU and Pierpont. 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 planning process began in 2005-2006 to create a Strategic Plan for Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College, which were at that time combined institutions. The 2006-2011 Strategic Plan was intended to be more than just words on paper. It was intended to be a “living and breathing” guide to move FSU and Pierpont into the future.
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. In the fall of 2010, there was an intense but brief conversation regarding that draft plan. The 2010-2012 Strategic Plan Update: Redefining Our Future is now finalized.
The information that follows is the original 2006-2011 Strategic Plan.
The overall purpose of the Strategic Plan is to make progress on the seven goals below. The complete Strategic Plan is available in printable form (57-page pdf document).
STRATEGIC GOALS AND ACTION STEPS, 2006-2011
Goal 1. Empower faculty and students to achieve high levels of teaching and learning.
Goal 2. Cultivate and strengthen the educational, economic, and cultural well-being of our region.
Goal 3. Expand and promote community education.
Goal 4. Develop select graduate programs with a focus on regional needs.
Goal 5. Create a student life environment that enhances participation in campus events.
Goal 6. Provide a comprehensive, integrated approach to the First Year Experience that encourages student success.
Goal 7. Develop, retain, and recruit high-quality people who contribute to a satisfying and productive work environment.