Status: Strategic Initiative Request Process
By Kim Kelley
Assistant Vice Chancellor for Institutional Effectiveness
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside strategic initiative requests were provided by Chancellor Debbie Ford and the vice chancellors to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness for the development of a final, ranked list for review by the chancellor and, subsequently, a comment period for the campus.
The rankings provided by the vice chancellors were the starting point. Then, an additional analysis of the requests was performed based on the following criteria:
1. The request fell directly within the "spirit" of the Strategic Plan
2. The request had a measurable impact on teaching and learning
3. The request would help to achieve our immediate goals, as outlined by the chancellor in her remarks on Dec. 7, by contributing to any of the following:
- Increased enrollment or improved enrollment practices
- Increased retention or improved retention practices
- Increased graduation levels or improved practices to support graduation
- Increased revenue or the likelihood of increasing revenues within a short time period (i.e., one to two years).
4. If an initiative was deemed to have a direct impact in the areas of greatest need at UW-Parkside (i.e., items 2 through 3 above) it was ranked "strategic and direct"
5. If the likelihood of benefit to the campus was to occur in the shorter term, and the cost of the initiative and the benefit gained were in close alignment, it was ranked as "high."
The initiatives were all ranked, with those that were strategic, direct, and high listed as the foremost priority and provided to the Chancellor for her review.
Due to the budget lapse and the tuition shortfall, funding of these initiatives will be delayed until after the new year so we ensure we have sufficient funds to meet basic operations. Once the extent of the lapse is confirmed, the chancellor intends to begin funding the requests as finances become available.
Rest assured this process has informed our planning, will be of value as we move into the next planning phase for the upcoming biennium, and has provided invaluable information about the needs on campus. Hopefully, we will soon be able to announce which initiatives have been funded and are approved to get underway.Thank you for your patience and have a very happy holiday season!