Children who are born this year will be college-age 18 years from now. They will have grown up in a time that is immersed in the demands of technology, expects instant results, and wants more produced with less. And universities will feel the effects of these new realities. UIndy is developing a new strategic plan to anticipate the inevitable changes ahead. President Robert Manuel, who began his tenure in July, has launched an inclusive strategic planning process that began with a series of conversations with alumni, students, faculty and staff, parents, trustees, and the broader community. Dubbed Vision 2030, these sessions will lead to new budget and fundraising priorities for the short-term and long-term future. (Another Vision 2030 session is set for January 15; join us!) Meanwhile, campus task forces are addressing more immediate concerns: use of space on campus, technology and online education, academic and campus life, and communications and branding. Early next semester, the task force recom-mendations and the key themes from the Vision 2030 conversations will be channeled to the Plan-ning Commission—which includes the president, Cabinet, and the executive committee of the Faculty Senate—who will make recommendations for budgeting and fundraising priorities.
The timeline for UIndy’s strategic planning process, found below, shows the early recommendations going to the Planning Commission in early spring. The process involves all constituents
of the University.
Vision 2030: Be heard
Since October, UIndy alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff, and community leaders have been engaged in “Vision 2030” conversations about how the University should look and operate in the year 2030. The strategic planning process is also aimed at developing short-term goals and plans for the University. Dr. Terry Schindler of the School of Business is leading the series of 20 lively conversations, which began in October with more than 50 alumni participating. Attendees are invited to write their thoughts and sketches directly onto paper “tablecloths” as they identify features of UIndy that should be preserved and areas that could be improved. The resulting collective vision will guide the University in both short-term and long-term planning and budgeting. Learn more about Vision 2030 and the strategic plan on the president’s home page, www.uindy.edu/president.
Join the conversation: January 15
You still have an opportunity to join us for an alumni Vision 2030 conversation! The session is January 15, 2013, 5:30–7:30 p.m., at Weber Grill Downtown, 10 North Illinois Street, Indianapolis IN 46204. To attend, call the Alumni Office at (317) 788-3205. If you can’t attend but want to share ideas, write firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://uindy.edu/strategic-plan.
Task forces at work, too
While the Vision 2030 conversations have continued apace, four task forces are busy addressing more immediate concerns surrounding the use of space on campus, technology and online education, academic and campus life, and communications as it relates to strengthening UIndy’s institutional brand and visual identity. The four task forces are co-chaired by Cabinet members and deans and include appointees representing all key stakeholders. Each task force will produce specific recommendations. The task force recommendations and the themes that emerge from the Vision 2030 conversations will be channeled to a new UIndy Planning Commission, chaired by President Manuel, which includes his Cabinet, the deans, and members of the Faculty Senate Executive Committee. In preparation for its work after the task force recommendations are submitted, the Planning Commission will begin meeting soon to build its base of knowledge regarding higher education leadership, advancement, and finance. Once the reports from Vision 2030 and the task forces are in, the Planning Commission will process the information and set priorities, align planning with budgeting for 2012–13, create a short-term roadmap, and identify fundraising opportunities for the longer term. The chart below indicates the structure of the Vision 2030 conversations, task forces, and Planning Commission.