SOU’s strategic planning process has been moving along since January of this year. We started with seven different groups, each conducting intensive research into one of seven critical issues facing higher education’s future. We also met with six different groups on campus to surface our current and desired values. We then conducted a “SWOT” analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats), with many different groups participating, all over campus and beyond. Based on this work, we started constructing the plan. The current version is the result of eleven different drafts, in an iterative process involving SOU’s Strategic Planning Committee and its Leadership Team.
Toward the final draft: All of the vision, mission, and values statements will be further examined by the SOU Leadership Team. We are now asking for your feedback/input on the strategic directions that have been identified so far. That feedback will be thoroughly considered.
In the immediate future, we also will be planning just how we will achieve the directions. That is, specificity will come soon.