April 8, 2010

First draft of strategic plan ready for your input

by Diana Pounds

As strategic plans go, Iowa State's next plan is short. Many university plans are characterized by dense type and pages running into double digits. The first draft of Iowa State's plan for the years 2010-15 clocks in at two pages, and that's by design.

"From the start, we set out to develop a plan that is focused and succinct," said executive vice president and provost Elizabeth Hoffman. "We wanted a plan that is direct and easily understood."

The first draft, released earlier this week, is the work of a steering committee, several task forces and others who offered early ideas on Iowa State's future direction.

"Now, we're looking for additional input from the campus community," Hoffman said. "We hope faculty, staff and students will take some time to review the plan and submit comments."

Open forums

An open forum on the first draft will be held Thursday, April 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in 1115 Pearson. A second forum will be held Monday, April 26, from 2:10 to 3 p.m. in 119 Gerdin.

Send comments

Hoffman encouraged those who are unable to attend the forum to send in comments. Comments can be e-mailed to goodideas@iastate.edu or submitted anonymously through an online form.