Roles and Responsibilities

Committee Charge

The President’s Strategic Initiatives Committee develops, implements, and monitors strategic and operational planning. The HSU strategic planning process is a collaboration between the University Senate, Office of the Provost, and Office of the President.

Using a consultative, campus community-based approach, the committee develops and recommends to the President a strategic plan to guide Humboldt State University for a five-year period, AY 2021-2026. In addition, the committee will provide oversight of institutional planning, which includes ensuring the strategic and operational plans are completed, assessed, monitored, and updated regularly. As one of the standing Cabinet committees, the President appoints members. The faculty appointments are conducted in consultation with the Deans and University Senate Executive Committee.

In consultation with campus community constituents, implementation of the charge minimally includes:

  • Alignment with WASC Senior College & University Commission (WUSCUC) Standards
  • The CSU Graduation Initiative 2025
  • Academic Master Planning (AMP)
  • Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention Planning
  • College of the Redwoods and HSU Collaboration Initiatives, and
  • Inclusion of educational and workforce development needs of our local and tribal communities

Subgroups and Related Member Responsibilities

The building blocks of the 2021-2026 HSU Strategic Plan will be crafted through the research, dialogue, and imaginations of working groups organized around six themes:

  • Positive, Meaningful Student Experience and Inclusive Student Success
  • Distinctive, Innovative Academic Programs Centered on Student Need
  • Future Proof Organizational Mindset and Process
  • Employee Engagement and Success
  • Resource Stability and Sustainability
  • Community Collaboration and Shared Success

Strategic Planning Co-Chairs will coordinate working group processes, as well as support from the technical team, and administrative staff. To coordinate and align their processes, working group chairs will meet regularly with the full strategic plan steering committee. The technical team will provide data, facilitate outreach, monitor and align multiple campus planning processes (e.g., DEIC, AMP), and design and implement a communication plan. 

Building Strong Mixed Role Working Group Memberships

The leadership of each working group is charged with bringing together around their theme diverse mixed role teams. The strength of mixed role teams lies in the potential to research and crystalize a plan that has engaged at inception with a broad range of standpoints and related insights. Standpoints are constructed at the intersections of formal organization positions (e.g., student, ASC, faculty member), and identities that shape experiences across roles (e.g., gender, race/ethnicity, ability). Memberships will be vetted in dialogue with the full steering committee.

Planning Co-Chairs - Team Captains

  • Message and planning framing
  • Planning oversight and coordination
  • Process integrity, continuity,  and timeliness
  • Overarching problem solving
  • Liaisons to and from President, PAT, Senate and Cabinet

Administrative Support Team - Partners in Success

  • Scheduling - Forum and/or Event Planning Resource
  • Meeting coordination (including technology needs)
  • Agenda setting assistance
  • Record keeping and document management
  • Website maintenance and updating

Working Group Leadership/Steering Committee - Architects and Ambassadors

  • The Chairs of the working groups will serve on the steering committee
  • The Chair will collaborate with other WG leadership and draft the strategic plan narrative for assigned working group area
  • The WG Leadership are campus champions of the strategic planning process 
  • Objective approach with campus-wide, broad view of issues and solutions
  • Co-implementers of the strategic planning process
  • Effective, informed and prepared communicators and participants 
  • Understanding the industry, technical, market/workforce, community, and state needs/trends.
  • Grounding planning and recommendations in knowledge of most critical issues facing the campus 
  • Identification of working group guiding questions and participants
  • Oversight and coordination of working groups/sub-committees 
  • Participants in and/or leaders of consultation events and activities
  • Making recommendations to the university senate, cabinet and president related to the organizations’ mission, vision, core values and strategic goals
  • Helping ensure the committee has established an effective strategic & operational planning process, including the development of a five-year strategic plan.  
  • Annually reviewing the strategic plan and recommending updates as needed based on changes in the market, community, needs, and other factors.
  • Monitoring the organization's performance overall through plan implementation based on institutional level objectives and outcomes

Working Group Member 

  • Meet (bi) weekly with their working group through January 2020 with intensive research, collaboration, and plan vetting in October; 
  • Read and review planning materials before meetings;
  • Actively contribute to theme-based dialogue and planning, while centering the strategic planning “guiding principles” and leveraging positionality-based insights;
  • Deliberate and construct vision and goals for their strategic plan subarea/theme as framed by working group guiding questions; and 
  • Vet subarea/theme plan/report drafted by working group leadership.

Technical Team - Subject Matter Experts and Consultants

  • Data analysis and support
  • Integration of existing strategic initiatives and priorities (HSU, CSU)
  • Planning, engagement and consultation processes
  • Facilitation support
  • Stakeholder communication and collaboration support 
  • Consistent grounding in equity, diversity and inclusion and HSI/MSI missions
  • Grounding in WSCUC recommendations
  • Understanding current and future student experience and needs
  • Change management and training support 
  • Website maintenance and updating
  • Growth mindset and future proof integration
  • Assistance to flesh out and articulate our overarching planning model - including administrative assessment and program evaluation