Strategic Initiatives: Identifying Priorities
By Kim Kelley
Assistant Vice Chancellor, Institutional Effectiveness
On Jan. 14, 2013, the Pilot Advisory Planning Group (APG) met for a third time to discuss, and to rank, strategic priorities for the university as part of the integrated resource planning process. As Chancellor Ford emphasized, "Every request was important and had merit." The process of ranking the requests was designed to assist the chancellor in understanding the priorities of the representative group for the campus, the APG, and to inform her decisions regarding the funding of requests when/if funding becomes available.
At its January meeting, APG used a "nominal group technique" to rank the requests and reach consensus on the top 12 priorities for FY 2014. The first step was to rank all 35 requests, followed by a second step of ranking ties among top priorities. The third and final step was to rank the top priorities or the priorities that received seven or more votes. Results of the first and third steps are available online.
Throughout the process, APG reviewed the requests and decided if they thought the rankings were appropriate. APG also agreed recent discussions of a possible Pay Plan for the UW System is a top priority. In the event a Pay Plan was proposed and passed, and the campuses were participants in ensuring it is implemented, that would rise to the top of the priority list.
Before adjourning, APG discussed next steps and agreed to meet in February to discuss the process, and review next steps.
Initial funding of requests will not occur immediately as this process identified budget priorities for FY 2014. It is necessary to wait until Governor Walker proposes his budget, and the University of Wisconsin System is able to determine the budget for the system in Fiscal Year 2014. And the chancellor must review the status on enrollments at UW-Parkside first before any strategic initiative request can be funded.
The outcome of the process, including an update on funding status for strategic initiative requests, will occur at the May 2013 meeting of the campus which will wrap-up the current strategic plan, and launch the next strategic planning process.If you have questions about the process, please contact your APG representative. APG members this academic year are: Debbie Ford, Diane Donnelly, Mel Klinkner, Fred Ebeid, Kim Kelley, Scott Menke, Ilya Yakovlev, Ed Twyman, John Jaraczewski, Tammy McGuckin, DeAnn Possehl, Dennis Rome, Heather Miles, Karin Basken, Lori Allen, John Skalbeck, Gail Gonzalez, and Parkside Student Government President Bradley Schmitz.