Strategic Plan Process and Phasing

The 2017-2021 Strategic Plan was developed with input from the multiple voices that comprise our campus community. Students, faculty, staff and administration shared ideas about who we are, what we are best at, and how we can improve to inform the development of strategic goals, objectives and performance indicators. This broad participation allowed us to establish a plan that is comprehensive and able to guide our operations across areas and departments.

Guiding Principles

When drafting the plan, OCU’s mission, vision and core values were kept at the forefront. In addition, the following principles guided the plan development process:

  • The plan must be inclusive of institution-wide concerns and voices.
  • The plan must lead to systematic institutional strategy to operationalize and carry out our mission and vision.
  • The plan must prioritize assessment of student learning and ongoing institutional evaluation for continuous improvement.
  • The plan must be able to inform budget allocations and operations.

Plan Development Process

The current plan began a couple of years ago with work undertaken by the Board of Trustees in 2015, leading to final approval for the current plan in November of 2017. Information from different stakeholders was gathered through conversations, surveys, focus groups, workshops, committee meetings, and internal deliberations. Major activities related to the planning process are described below:

Once the phasing plan is finalized, specific objectives and performance indicators will be prioritized throughout the duration of the plan. Additional information about targeted objectives for upcoming years will be posted here when available.

2015

2016

2017

2018

Reaffirmation of OCU mission, vision and core values

Development of initial OCU Strategic Map with outcome areas and objectives

 

Faculty and Provost Advisory Council focus on drafting plan components during the fall.

 

 

Strategic Planning Committee established.

Surveys to administration, faculty, and staff gather data on how the university carries out its mission and future directions.

"Hedgehog Concept"(Collins, 2001) focus groups for faulty and staff provide additional information about OCU's mission and goals

Institutional Research and Office of Assessment gather relevant data for setting performance indicators.

Operationalization of plan begins by developing phasing plan, realignment of FY 18-19 budget, and unit-level planning template and process.

   

Student focus groups provided feedback on draft goals and objectives.

Communication plan for strategic goals begins across key constituencies (students, staff, sites, donors, Oakland City, etc.)

   

Strategic Plan approved by Board of Trustees in November.

Units finalize strategic plans aligned to institutional plan by Fall 2018.

     

Begin gathering and analyzing data for setting missing performance indicator targets and benchmarks.

Once the phasing plan is finalized, specific objectives and performance indicators will be prioritized throughout the duration of the plan. Additional information about targeted objectives for upcoming years will be posted here when available.

Key Participants

The Board of Trustees began the strategic planning process, and many other staff and faculty members worked on developing the current plan. Key campus groups proposed, refined, and operationalized the plan throughout the 2017-2018 school year including the Provost Advisory Council (a cross-cutting group composed of faculty, staff, deans, and administrators), and the Strategic Planning Committee.

Provost Advisory Council

  • Dr. Amy Barrett, Dean of School of Arts and Sciences and Assistant Professor of Mathematics
  • Ms. Alexis Rusch, Student Success Specialist and Lecturer in Fine Arts
  • Mr. Brian Baker, Associate Vice President for Advancement
  • Mrs. Beth Barber, Chief Financial Officer
  • Mr. Bill Borders, Lecturer in Accounting
  • Mr. Paul Bowdre, Director of Assessment
  • Ms. Betty Burns, Dual Credit Coordinator and Veterans Affairs Benefit Coordinator
  • Ms. Jennifer Cates, Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Ms. Jennifer Cates, Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Mr. Chris Cook, Lecturer in Music and Music Technology
  • Dr. Steven DeGeorge, Dean of the School of Education
  • Dr. Daniel Dunivan, Provost and Dean of the School of Religious Studies and Chapman Seminary
  • Mrs. Patty Endicott, Compliance Officer
  • Mr. Brad Knotts, Director of Student Life
  • Mr. Jordan Mays, Institutional Researcher
  • Dr. Ron Mercer, Professor of Philosophy
  • Dr. Tamara Miley, Director of Student Support Services
  • Dr. Nancy Miller, Director of Graduate Studies, School of Education
  • Mrs. Candy Pancake, Campus Bookstore Manager
  • Dr. Denise Pinnick, Director of Library Services and Professor of Education
  • Dr. Cathy Robb, Dean of the School of Business and Adult and Professional Studies Coordinator
  • Mrs. Elisabet Sena-Martin, Assistant Provost and Diversity Coordinator
  • Mrs. Nicole Sharp, Director of Financial Aid
  • Mrs. Linda Tipton, Registrar
  • Mr. Clint Woolsey, Associate Vice President and Chief Informational Officer

Strategic Planning Committee

  • Mr. Brian Baker, Associate Vice President for Advancement
  • Mrs. Beth Barber, Chief Financial Officer
  • Dr. Ray Barber, President
  • Mr. Paul Bowdre, Director of Assessment
  • Ms. Jennifer Cates, Assistant Director of Admissions
  • Dr. Daniel Dunivan, Provost and Dean of the School of Religious Studies and Chapman Seminary
  • Ms. Patty Endicott, Compliance Officer
  • Mr. Brad Knotts, Director of Student Life
  • Ms. Brittany Latham, President, Student Government Association
  • Dr. Cassidy Nalley, Professor, Faculty Assembly Chair
  • Mr. Ted Pearson, Director of Correctional Education
  • Mrs. Elisabet Sena-Martin, Assistant Provost and Diversity Coordinator
  • Mrs. Nicole Sharp, Director of Financial Aid
  • Mr. Clint Woolsey, Associate Vice President and Chief Informational Officer
  • Dr. Robert Yeager, Interim Vice President for Administration and Finance