Strategic Plan Open Forums Under Way This Fall

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 24, 2008 — The Strategic Planning Steering Committee at Southeast Missouri State University will hold several open forums, both on campus and in the region, beginning Sept. 24 in which individuals are invited to offer their input on objectives currently drafted by the Steering Committee for each of the plan’s five priorities.

The University’s Board of Regents in July approved the draft version of a new Strategic Plan for Southeast with five priorities. The Strategic Planning Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from throughout the campus community, has drafted objectives for each of the priorities based on input from a February regional-wide planning forum, an April brown bag forum, and conversations with their constituent groups.

The Committee is now inviting all input, questions and concerns at individual forums planned on each of the priorities’ objectives. Individuals are invited to attend the session of their choice or contact one of the facilitators with their concerns if they are unable to attend. Session facilitators are representatives of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee.

“Our next step in the process is to get input from the campus and regional community on the objectives as currently drafted by the Steering Committee,” said Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University. “This plan will be our guide for our next three to five years.  We want everyone to have the opportunity to provide input and suggest any changes to these objectives.”

The first open forums are scheduled for noon and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the University Center Indian Room. These forums will focus specifically on Priority One of the Strategic Plan–Academics and Student Experience. The sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Bill Eddleman, Sarah Snyder and Dr. Shuju Wu.

Additional upcoming open forums are as follows:

• Open forum on Priority Three–Communication — will be held at noon and 4 p.m. on Wednesday,

Oct. 1, in the University Center Indian Room. The sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Dieter Jedan and Ruth Vetter.  • Open forum on Priority Two –People — is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Crisp Hall Room 125 and at 4 p.m. Oct. 8 in the University Center Program Lounge. Dr. Shelba Branscum and Dr. Willie Redmond will facilitate the sessions.   • Open forum on Priority FiveᾰInfrastructure — is scheduled for noon and 4 p.m. Oct 15 in the University Center Party Room. Dr. Margaret Dalton and Liz Reisenbichler will facilitate the sessions.   • Open forum on Priority FourᾰFunding — is scheduled for noon Oct. 22 in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall and at 4 p.m. Oct. 22 in the University Center Program Lounge. The sessions will be facilitated by Dr. Gerald McDougall and Cathy Roeder. 

The University also has planned several open forums at its regional campuses. Those forums are as follows:

• Perryville Campus forum with members of the Perryville Higher Education Center Advisory Council is scheduled for 7:30 a.m. Oct. 7 at the Perryville Center. Dr. Dieter Jedan will facilitate the forum.

• Kennett Campus forum with members of the Advisory Council of Southeast Missouri State University-Kennett is scheduled for 4 p.m. Oct. 21. Dr. Margaret Dalton will facilitate the forum. • Sikeston Campus forum with members of the Advisory Council of Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston is scheduled for 10 a.m. Oct. 22 at Southeast Missouri State University-Sikeston.  Liz Reisenbichler will facilitate the forum. • Malden Campus forum with members of the Advisory Council of Southeast Missouri State University-Malden is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Southeast Missouri State University-Malden.   Dr. Gerald McDougall will facilitate the forum.

The Steering Committee’s goal is to present a final draft strategic plan to the Board of Regents for approval at its Dec. 15 meeting.