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Strategic Planning Process

As a division, Student Affairs strives to engage the KU community in services and programs that make learning possible. In the fall of 2016, Student Affairs launched a division-wide strategic planning process designed to focus our efforts on providing a KU student experience in which every student is supported by the campus environment, connected to the institution, and prepared for the challenges of today and tomorrow. The culmination of the strategic planning process will resulted in the 2017 – 2020 Division of Student Affairs Strategic Plan—outlining our goals, initiatives, and metrics for the next three years. 

Student Affairs Strategic Planning Process

The Student Affairs strategic planning process consists of six distinct phases and is designed to allow for input and participation at all levels of the division. Further explanation of each phase is provided below.

Six Phase Strategic Plan Process

Timeline

The Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee completed the 2017-2020 Division of Student Affairs Strategic Plan during the spring 2017 semester.

Strategic Planning Process Updates

August 2016
  • Strategic planning process outline developed and shared with Dr. Tammara Durham.
September 2016
  • Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee members identified by Dr. Durham, Dr. Jane Tuttle, and Jennifer Wamelink.
  • Announcement of strategic planning process shared with all Student Affairs staff via email announcement from Dr. Durham.
October 2016
  • Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee members notified of appointment via email from Dr. Durham.
  • Phase 1 Survey administered to Student Affairs Leadership Team and Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee members on October 5th. The survey closed on October 17th with a 96% response rate.
  • First Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee held on October 24th.
  • Overview of Student Affairs strategic planning process shared with all division staff at the Fall Student Affairs Convocation held on October 25th.
  • Based on feedback provided by the Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee and Leadership Team, the division’s mission and vision statements were revised. In addition, the decision was made to use the Jayhawk Values as our division values statements.
November 2016
  • Revised mission, vision, and values statements finalized.
  • Phase 2 Staff Survey sent out to all Student Affairs Staff via email from Dr. Durham on November 7th.
December 2016
  • Phase 2 Staff Survey closed on December 2nd with a total of 59 responses.
  • Phase 2 Staff Survey responses sent to Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee members for analysis on December 5th.
January 2017
  • Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee members continued to analyze Phase 2 Staff Survey responses.
February 2017
  •  Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee meeting held on February 2nd.
  • Using Phase 2 Staff Survey responses, the Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee developed and finalized a SWOT (Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats) Analysis.​
  • Using the finalized SWOT Analysis, Strategic Planning Committee members individually developed a total of 128 strategic alternatives. Individual strategic alternatives were then coded and grouped into 10 draft overall themes/strategic goals.
  • Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee meeting held on February 13th.
  • List of draft strategic goals shared with Dr. Durham for review on February 16th.  
  • Phase 3 Strategic Goals Survey sent out to all Student Affairs Staff via email from Dr. Durham on February 20th.
March 2017
  • Phase 3 Strategic Goals Survey closed on March 3rd with a total of 112 respondents.
  • Phase 3 Strategic Goals Survey results shared with Dr. Durham. With Dr. Durham’s feedback, 2017 – 2020 Strategic Goals were finalized on March 6th.
  • Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee meeting held on March 6th.
  • Strategic goals and draft objectives and metrics developed and compiled for sharing with the Student Affairs Leadership Team.
  • Student Affairs Strategic Planning Committee meeting held on March 31st.


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