Strategic plan subcommittees named, forums scheduled

The six subcommittees that will work on key components of Iowa State's next strategic plan have been assembled from a list of nearly 200 nominees.

The subcommittees were built by the Strategic Planning Steering Committee and announced this week by Steve Freeman, steering committee chair and University Professor of agriculture and biosystems engineering.

"The steering committee recognized that not every interested person or group could be represented on each subcommittee," Freeman said. "However, the committee worked to ensure that every subcommittee includes faculty, staff and students; embodies the diversity of the university community (and, where appropriate, external stakeholders) and contains expertise related to the subcommittee's work."

First forum next week

The new subcommittee members will be on task quickly. The first of two input-gathering public forums is next Wednesday. Faculty, staff and students are invited to share their thoughts on any of the subcommittees' six areas of focus at either forum:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 18 (noon-1:30 p.m.), Memorial Union Oak Room
  • Tuesday, Dec. 1 (4:30-6 p.m.), Memorial Union Oak Room

Each subcommittee is charged with developing by Feb. 26 specific, measurable actions to support its focus. There are five areas of focus:

  • Enhancing the student experience
  • Enhancing the university's research profile
  • Supporting state and regional economic development
  • Enhancing the university infrastructure
  • Ensuring a welcoming, safe, inclusive environment

The sixth subcommittee will look for creative, out-of-box ideas related to the other five subcommittee areas.

The first draft of the strategic plan should be ready for public review by mid-spring semester 2016. Once input is gathered, the plan will be finalized and submitted for presidential approval by June 1, 2016.

The new plan will span fiscal years 2017 through 2022 (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2022).