Strategic planning process to prepare for the future of MSU

Building on the momentum of Michigan State University’s successes to chart a course for a better future requires collective thought and action. For this reason, MSU undertakes an inclusive and comprehensive strategic planning process. While many plans have been adjusted or put on hold due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the work being done around strategic planning is too important not to move forward.

I am joined to talk more about this planning process by the co-chairs of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee, Vennie Gore and Joe Salem. Vennie is Vice President of Ancillary Business at MSU and Joe is Dean of MSU Libraries.

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Vennie Gore

“When President Stanley arrived, he started having many conversations with the whole university community, says Gore. “One of his goals is to have a strategic plan, which would chart the course for the institution over the next decade of 2020 and beyond. participate in some of the issues that we need to think about as a university.

“How should MSU position itself as a land-grant institution? What are the critical issues of our decade that we can think about moving forward? What does the fourth industrial revolution mean for our institution? And how do we best position ourselves to solve the big problems? »

“It’s not just a great opportunity for us to look ahead, but to do it together,” Salem adds. “Early on, the President identified that one of the things that this campus and many campuses would benefit from is not just identifying what to work on, but how he wants to work and come together around big goals. We really engaged as a university and as a steering committee in a very open and inclusive process. We want to have as many voices as possible in the process.

Gore and Salem discuss the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on planning.


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Joe Salem

“What will virtual distance learning look like in the future? What should our market position be around this going forward,” Gore asks? “What does our institutional resource model look like in the future? How do we support the things we want to do? What should be the scale and size of MSU? »

The committee wants your opinion on the future of MSU. Visit the Strategic Plan section of President Stanley’s website to find out how to provide feedback.

“The size and shape of an institution like the State of Michigan will be things that we will face and think about in the years to come,” Salem says. “And what we’re learning in responding to the pandemic will help guide how we evolve the university’s land-grant mission and what that means for the 21st century.” Our mission has been at the heart of so many conversations we have had as a community. It’s one of the things that everyone is proud of. We have a really great opportunity to, in some ways, redefine it as a collective, to get back to the parts that we think still steer us and really take some of the core that we all understand to be at the heart of the dealership mission of land in the future and build on it. And I think that’s really exciting for us.

“I encourage everyone to try and get involved. We know it’s hard at this stage to think about something like strategic planning. That’s part of the reason why we’ve been trying to focus right now. on fundamentals like mission and values ​​and how we want to move these things forward in the future.

“It’s really about the essence of who we are as an institution, our land-grant mission, to be open and accessible to all and to have a community that supports multiple identities,” says Gore. . “It’s through this lens that we become a better place because we accept and embrace everyone and all the things they bring.”

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Louisa R. Loomis