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University-wide visioning meetings begin Aug. 16

In preparation for developing the Universitys strategic plan, APSU President Sherry Hoppe is challenging faculty and staff to first envision our future in a way that will expand our horizons and challenge our potential to meet the needs of the region we serve.
In preparation for developing the University's strategic plan, APSU President Sherry Hoppe is challenging faculty and staff to “first envision our future in a way that will expand our horizons and challenge our potential to meet the needs of the region we serve.”

A small team of University representatives began the process this summer, discussing the future of APSU over the next five to 10 years. The group will share this vision with the University community next week, as all faculty and staff are asked to attend a University-wide meeting at 10 a.m., Monday, Aug. 16, in the MMC concert hall.

During the meeting, faculty and staff will be asked to provide input on the draft vision statement and how each academic and administrative unit can contribute to the fulfillment of the vision.

Following that meeting, a series of other meetings are scheduled:

•All academic departments will meet for a facilitated discussion at 1 p.m., Monday, Aug. 16. Notification regarding location of each meeting will be sent in a separate announcement.

•All non-faculty staff members will participate in one of several facilitated meetings scheduled for the afternoon of Monday, Aug. 16, or Tuesday, Aug. 17. Notification regarding times and locations of each meeting has been sent in a separate announcement.
•Graduate faculty will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 17. Dr. Charles Pinder, APSU's new dean of graduate studies, will provide notification about time and place for this meeting.
•At 9 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18, a special discussion will be held with the Faculty Senate to look at some of the areas of mission focus on a University-wide basis. Dr. Bill Rayburn, Faculty Senate president, will provide notification about the location.
•All faculty members will meet with their departments on Thursday, Aug. 19, to prepare departmental vision statements, outlining how each department will translate the definitions in the University vision into action and for feedback on competencies presented by the Title III Grant committee on liberal arts integration.
•All administrative units will meet prior to Sept. 30 to develop vision statements for each unit and outline how the unit will translate the University vision into action.
Hoppe says, “APSU is positioned to have a bright and promising future, and the meetings … are designed to ensure that all campus constituents participate in discussions that will shape who we will be and what we will accomplish in the years ahead.”