Eastern Michigan University

Planning Process:

In 2011, former President Susan Martin re-convened the University’s Institutional Strategic Planning Council (IPSC) to update and revise the University’s Mission statement and to begin developing a new Strategic Plan to guide the University’s operations in coming years. At that time, the State of Michigan was still recovering from the economic recession and all public universities were facing a significant 15 percent reduction in operating funds from the State of Michigan. The ISPC’s task was therefore to update and refine Eastern’s Mission and plans for the future during a challenging fiscal environment.

The ISPC consisted of faculty and staff, and was quickly expanded to include student representation. The ISPC carefully evaluated the University’s history, strengths, and opportunities, and embarked on an extensive outreach effort over the next three years, which included, among other things:

  • more than a dozen meetings with the Faculty Senate;
  • creation of subcommittees;
  • focused outreach with key campus constituencies; and
  • periodic campus-wide messages from, and forums with, the President.

This collaborative process culminated in the Board of Regents approving new Mission, Vision, and Core Values statements in June 2013. These foundational principles were then used over the next three years to develop a comprehensive and detailed Strategic Plan that includes four strategic themes and various goals and objectives within each Theme.

The University’s new Mission and Strategic Plan are now being woven into every aspect of the University’s operations, ranging from budgeting to employee performance evaluations.

Meeting Minutes (pdf files)

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