What is Strategic Planning?

“Strategic planning is a deliberate, disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an institution is, what it does, and why it does it.

The college or university strategic plan provides guidance for institutional decisions, both long-term and day-to-day, and makes sure that decisions and operations:

  • Carry out the institution’s mission, vision, and values
  • Comply with mandates and regulations of government, accrediting bodies, etc.
  • Keep the institution operationally and fiscally healthy, now and in the future” (www.scup.org).

The components of every strategic plan will vary according to an institution’s culture and needs. Humboldt State University’s Strategic Plan will include:

  • Explanation of the planning process, including guiding principles for planning
  • Foundational information (an institution’s mission, vision, values)
  • Fundamental questions to answer through planning
  • Strategic goals

What is Operational Planning?

Operational planning follows strategic planning and is our collective decision making about the specific objectives, strategies, tactics, or actions that will move the university toward the goals identified in the strategic plan, including identifying how we will measure our success (metrics, Key Perfomance Indicators). Operational planning will occur at the overarching institutional level and at the level of each division and college (or other budget unit), articulating the role of each in achievement of the shared vision for the university.

Strategic Planning and Operational Planning at the Institution, Division, and College Levels

Humboldt State University is following the general guidelines of the integrated planning approach from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP). For more information, please see www.scup.org.

What is the Strategic Plan?

It is a dynamic and living document that states the vision for Humboldt State University for the next five years. It lays out the goals and outcomes we seek as a community.

What is WSCUC?

WSCUC” (WASC Senior College and University Commission) is our regional accrediting organization. WSCUC requires us to demonstrate on a regular basis that we are taking meaningful steps to fulfill a distinct mission, are measuring the success of those steps, and are using the results of those measurements to improve what we do.

How do the Strategic Plan and WSCUC relate to each other?

The Strategic Plan and the process for WSCUC accreditation integrate closely. The tools we use to understand our needs for WSCUC reaffirmation help set the priorities and sequence for the work of implementing the Strategic Plan.

Where do I fit in?

The work of the University is the work of the plan. The work that is done every day on the campus supports our goals and moves the campus toward the vision embodied by the plan.

How do I get involved?

There are a number of ways to be involved. You can send suggestions via the website. You can talk to your co-chairs. You can serve on working groups and committees charged with implementing specific segments of the plan.