Strategic plan: Comments sought, spring forums set

If you've got ideas that should be part of the university's next strategic plan, now's the time. Comments submitted by Feb. 10 will be considered by subcommittees as they begin wrapping up their final reports to the steering committee.

Comments can be submitted online to the steering committee or any of five subcommittees -- student experience, research profile, economic development and service to Iowa, campus environment and infrastructure.  A sixth, the creative opportunities subcommittee, tasked with funneling out-of-box ideas to the other subcommittees, has completed its work.

The subcommittees will complete their charges over the next few weeks, said Steve Freeman, steering committee chair and University Professor of agriculture and biosystems engineering. To find out more about the subcommittees' progress, check out their meeting minutes on the strategic plan website.

Draft to the president in mid-March

With the subcommittee reports in hand, the steering committee will fashion a first draft of the strategic plan that will guide Iowa State through June 30, 2022. The draft will be submitted to President Steven Leath in early March and the university community should get a look at the proposed plan in mid-March. Comments on the plan will be solicited over the remainder of the semester.

Spring forums

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to discuss the draft plan at two open forums in the spring. The forums are scheduled for:

  • Thursday, March 31, 4:30-6 p.m., Memorial Union Gallery
  • Tuesday, April 5, noon-1:30 p.m., Memorial Union Oak Room

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