Frequently Asked Questions
What is the outcome of strategic planning?
The strategic planning process will guide Wright State by creating a vision and focus that directly aligns resources with the community’s values, strengths, and a new strategy built around them. The planning process will lead to updated vision, mission, and values statements for Wright State and will include a strategy statement. The plan will guide decisions at the university on a day-to-day basis at all levels and create a process for operational evaluation.
What do we hope to gain from the process?
The strategic planning process is intended to start an ongoing dialogue among members of the campus community that encourages a continuous reflection and revision of the community's hopes and priorities. Strategic planning includes specific plans, but it is also an ongoing, continuous effort. A good strategic planning process allows for adaptation and revision. It is not static. A measurable plan that is under regular evaluation will help the university position itself to thrive in the changing landscape of higher education.
How will the process work?
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee aims to gather input from thousands--including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community stakeholders--to help shape the future of Wright State. The committee also seeks to learn what people think are the university's strengths and the value Wright State provides to constituents and the community.
Wright State will use a dialogic-based process, or one that involves many conversations, and uses the collective wisdom of the Wright State community. The process includes several public forums, focus groups, and workshops throughout the spring, summer, and fall semesters at the Dayton and Lake Campuses. These events will be held on different days of the week and at different times of day to maximize participation. Using a process called Appreciative Inquiry, the committee asks community members at these events to share moments of success and positive stories of their experiences with Wright State.
How is the process structured?
The strategic planning process will take place in two phases. The first phase is an exploration of values, mission, and vision, and is unfolding during the 2018 Spring Semester. This phase features several open forums that will be available to all stakeholder groups. We are also exploring how to involve people through digital technology. The intent is to accept input from anyone who wants to make a contribution. The open forum process will wind down in early March. A survey will be distributed to validate the findings of the open forum process. Members of the steering committee will help to develop statements of vision, mission, and values. The final statements will be complete by the end of April after allowing for constituent feedback.
The transition from phase 1 to phase 2 will begin with a stakeholder summit, which will include 100 to 200 stakeholder representatives. This will be a multiday event that will occur at the end of March and will build on what we learn through the open forums. The summit will generate a set of proposed strategic objective statements. New groups will be organized to work on a plan for each strategic objective over the summer and early fall.
By the fall semester, the outcomes of each phase will be synthesized into a strategic plan. A draft of the plan will be available for comment and refinement. The final plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees in October.
How will the strategic plan be used?
The initial plan and planning process will be used at all levels of the university to inform decisions and create an environment of continuous improvement. Strategic planning will continue after implementation as a cyclical process. The university will regularly review and adjust its goals and objectives to put Wright State in a position to thrive in higher education's changing environment, help the university achieve financial sustainability, and foster a campus atmosphere that provides graduates with opportunities to excel in fields that define the future.
How was the Strategic Planning Steering Committee formed?
The university community nominated more than 200 candidates for the committee. From this pool, and with input from the co-chairs and others, President Cheryl B. Schrader selected 33 Wright State employees, students, and alumni as well as Dayton community leaders, and all have agreed to serve. The steering committee is co-chaired by David Bright, chair of the Department of Management and International Business; Wright State President Cheryl B. Schrader; and Michael Wiehe, director of the Applied Policy Research Institute at Wright State.
What is the role of the steering committee in this process?
The committee's purpose is to guide a process that is inclusive of all stakeholder perspectives. Dozens of relevant perspectives need to be sought out and integrated. Thus, the committee will guide the university's efforts to collect a wide range of input and perspectives from the Wright State family and the broader community. The committee was not formed to be representative of all functions of the university or to inform choices that relate to all functions of the university. Rather, the committee is overseeing the organization of several sub-groups that will be representative of these functions and interests.
What is the Program Effectiveness Review Committee and how is it involved in the strategic planning process?
The Program Effectiveness Review Committee is charged with evaluating the effectiveness of academic and non-academic programs. The committee's work will occur during the strategic planning process and the committee's findings will inform the strategic plan. Craig Woolley, chief information officer, and Dan Krane, professor of biological sciences, will chair the committee.
How can I participate in the strategic planning process?
Many forums and public events will take place in different locations at both the Dayton and Lake Campus, on different days of the week and at different times of day to maximize participation and feedback opportunities. Public forums and other planning events will be held during Spring Semester as well as over the summer and at the start of Fall Semester. Look for opportunities to participate or provide input. Most events will require registration for attendance. Supervisors are encouraged to support employees who wish to participate in the strategic planning process.
When will the strategic plan be final?
The goal is to deliver a strategic plan to the Board of Trustees by October 2018 for approval.
How can I keep up to date on the strategic planning process if I'm not on the committee?
The best way to stay informed is to visit the strategic planning website, www.wright.edu/strategicplan. Public events and survey opportunities for feedback will be numerous. You can also give your feedback through the website. Campus emails and Wright State Newsroom stories will publicize these opportunities and other news related to the strategic planning process.