Faculty, administrators update strategic plan

Posted April 27, 2007

The time has come for the University of La Verne to produce a new strategic plan that will set the direction for the University over the next five years. A strategic plan is a substantial document that verifies what is important to the University and is required for its accreditation. The current strategic plan will soon expire and the yearlong process of revising it is coming to an end.

“It is revised to carry us forward setting initiatives and priorities that are critical for the success of the University,” said Gordon Badovick, chairman of the strategic plan task force and dean of the College of Business and Public Management. “It is a road map of where we want to go and how to get there.”

The process of creating a new and improved strategic plan began more than a year ago with a campus-wide retreat involving administrators, faculty and students.

At the retreat issues and concerns about the strategic plan were discussed. In April 2006, President Steve Morgan created a strategic plan task force consisting of six administrators to mold the new document.

The creation of the task force caused some hostility among the faculty as they wondered why they were not included in the committee or involved in the initial draft. As a result of faculty protest in March 2007, five faculty members – one from each college – were elected to the task force. The original plan was not to completely exclude faculty from the creation of the document but to involve them after the initial draft was created last summer. The faculty is still upset that they were not on the committee from the beginning and must react to an already existing document.

“It gets under our skin,” Hector Delgado said, associate professor of sociology and Arts and Sciences task force representative.

Since the task force’s new additions there have been quite a few changes but for the most part the process has remained collegial. The different college units on campus develop their own master plan, which is then broadly framed by the strategic plan.

“The real meat comes from the units,” Delgado said.

Input from a wide variety of people was provided and it is up to the task force to pick and choose what is really important and critical.

A large portion of the strategic plan is academic oriented, focusing on student education and employee compensation. In the past years very few faculty members have been involved in similar committees and drafts. Open discussions were held on Thursday and a board meeting will be held on May 5.

Madison Steff can be reached at msteff@ulv.edu.

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