Strategic plan draft is ready for your review

A draft of Iowa State's next strategic plan is ready for the university community's review.

"The new plan lays out the framework for the university for the next six years," said Steve Freeman, chair of the strategic planning steering committee and University Professor of agriculture and biosystems engineering. "It's an important document, and I encourage faculty, staff and students to read it and tell us what they think."

Freeman noted that the four-page plan isn't intended to document everything Iowa State values or intends to accomplish over the next few years.

"It's all about priorities," he said. "It shows what we'll collectively focus on to become a better university."

Online comment form

Comments on the draft can be submitted through the online comment form. The deadline for submitting comments is May 10.

Public forums

Two public forums on the strategic plan draft are scheduled in the Memorial Union:

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

In both forums, the strategic planning steering committee will walk participants through the strategic plan, collecting input and answering questions related to each section in the draft plan.

"The focus of the forums will be on the public draft of the strategic plan," Freeman said. "We will not revisit general areas of concern and the broad-based feedback that was the focus of the fall open forums and web-based input provided to the subcommittees. We want participants to provide input that will help us improve the plan as we move from this draft towards a final version."

The strategic plan steering committee will collect input on the draft through May 10. The committee will make revisions and submit a final plan to President Steven Leath in June.

The plan needs final approval from Leath and the Iowa Board of Regents. It will go into effect July 1 and run through June 30, 2022.