At its meeting just before the holiday break, the Southeast Missouri State University Board of Governors approved the 2022-2025 Strategic Action Plan for the University.
The approval is the culmination of the work of a 21-person steering committee, which University President Dr. Carlos Vargas announced and began forming in January of 2021.
The Strategic Action Plan Steering Committee kicked off on March 1, 2021 and was led by Co-Chairs Dr. Debbie Below, Vice President, Enrollment Management and Student Success; and Dr. Mike Godard, Provost. Additionally, the process was facilitated by Dr. David Attis, from EAB, and Dr. Elaine Maimon, a representative from the American Council on Education (ACE) and advisor to Southeast as part of the Learner Success Laboratory (LSL). In October 2020, Southeast was selected to be part of ACE’s inaugural LSL cohort.
“This new action plan affords us an opportunity to work innovatively and energetically together to shape our future and provide the best outcomes for our students,” said Vargas. “We are committed to student success and contributing to our region.”
The Strategic Action Plan focuses on three outcomes:
- Educate students to succeed and make positive impacts in their communities.
- Stabilize Southeast’s enrollment and graduate a diverse community of learners.
- Enhance stewardship of Southeast’s resources and promote a culture of belonging, respect and continuous improvement.
Each outcome has 4-5 goals and specific actions for the University community to embrace. The full plan and other details of the committee’s work can be found at semo.edu/about/president/strategic-action-plan.
“I want to thank Dr. Below and Dr. Godard for their leadership in creating this plan,” said Vargas. “I also want to thank the committee, which was comprised of representatives from areas across campus, including two members of our Board of Governors, Board President Ed Gargas and Vice President Tina Klocke.”
With the plan approved, next steps include forming a subcommittee to identify, track and report key performance indicators to measure progress towards the goals and actions established in the plan. Updates on the plan implementation and progress will be shared in future issues of Newswire.