HLC Visit Countdown: 6 days: Integrated Planning
Editor's note: Ranger Today continues a series of articles on the future directions contained within the university's self-study.
Looking Toward the Future: Integrated Planning
By Kim Kelley, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Institutional Effectiveness
Within the self-study there is a Future Direction in chapter 5 regarding planning: The university has just begun implementation of a new model for planning and budgeting. This new model should result in improved transparency and accountability and increased incentives to encourage the development of revenue-generating programs.
Many of you may be aware, there was a campus-wide rollout of the strategic initiative request process in 2012 after the initial pilot phase in fall 2011. Both the pilot process and the refined, revised process that was launched in fall 2012, were intended to improve transparency and ensure resource investment was aligned with the university's strategic goals. Further, the strategic initiative process is designed to identify opportunities for reallocation, or investment, that will support the achievement of the university's mission through the strategic plan, and increase revenue-generating programs in a time of limited resources to ensure UW-Parkside's financial future is secure.
The self-study team responsible for chapter five did a careful review of the planning processes at UW-Parkside, and examined the progress we've achieved in developing greater understanding across campus about the university's budget, and establishing a process linking planning to resource allocation. As a result of its analysis, the team reached the conclusion that the university needs to continue to refine the current process, and further cascade planning across the university to achieve the university's strategic goals and ensure resource investment is well understood and achieves the mission effectively.Currently, a survey is underway of the Advisory Planning Group (APG) members that provided leadership during the fall 2012 planning and resource allocation process. The findings of this survey will be shared at the upcoming meeting on strategic planning scheduled for May 16, 2013, and will be used to help improve the process for the next planning process in fall 2013. As the university embarks on its next strategic plan, ensuring that planning guides resource allocation across the institution will continue to be a priority that will help UW-Parkside achieve its mission, and ensure the university has a solid financial model for supporting our students and serving our community effectively.