Strategic Planning 2020-2021

Full Charge of the Strategic Planning Committee

  • Make recommendations related to the University’s mission, vision, values, strategic directions, programs, and services.
  • Help the community identify critical strategic issues facing the organization. Assist in analysis of alternative strategic options.
  • Ensure the community has established an effective strategic planning process, including development of a three- to five-year strategic plan with measurable goals, time targets, and named areas or individuals responsible/accountable for the priority’s successful achievement.
  • Understand the higher education landscape, market/community, and USF core competencies. Keep up-to-date on higher education and local market trends, community needs, advances in technology, and other opportunities to improve the scope, cost effectiveness and quality of services provided by USF.
  • Review the strategic plan and recommend updates as needed based on changes in the market, community needs, and other factors
  • Forward the strategic plan to the Board of Trustees to ensure alignment with USF’s strategic directions and goals
  • Develop criteria for the leadership team to use in evaluating potential strategic investments.
  • Assist in development of a set of dashboards of key performance indicators.
  • Communicate the organization’s performance against measurable targets or progress points/milestones


2020 2021

Establish Parameters & Expectations

Ensure right mix of USF community representative participants in the planning process.

Set rules for process.

Identity additional committee members.


In-Community Conversation on the Plan

Hold community listening and discussion.

Report progress to Board of Trustees (BOT)
December 2020 meeting


Plan Review, Outcomes, and Execution

Document measurable targets with clear timelines to meet objectives

Map resource reallocation, investment, or revenue plans needed to meet outcomes

Assign goals for achievement

Map KPI measures of success and accountability

Board of Trustees Approval and Community Adoption

Publish written document

Implement community roll-out

Present to Board of Trustees (BOT)
June 2021 meeting

Guiding Values & Strategic Priorities

The committee developed initial definitions for Guiding Values and Strategic Priorities that were reviewed with findings from the USF community listening sessions and survey responses.

Periodic Updates

View periodic updates of the committee's progress and strategic planning.  

Community Input

Listening Sessions, Fall 2020: Over 380 community members participated in one of 15 scheduled listening sessions, and over 75 members responded to the strategic planning survey conducted during fall 2020. Participants included students, faculty, staff, and other stakeholders invested in the life of USF and its future. The sessions and survey yielded valuable dialogue and constructive feedback to confirm five guiding values, four strategic priorities, and three integrated and underlying areas that form the foundation for the new university strategic plan. 

Working Groups, Spring 2021: Four working groups have been established for our four strategic priority areas. Working groups will develop action plans for achievement or improvement in respective strategic priority areas. Action plans will include strategic objectives and projects, required resources, timelines, and goals, as well as performance indicators.

Core Committee Members

Co-lead: Pamela Balls Organista, Interim Vice Provost & Special Assistant to the Provost
Co-lead: Golden Venters, Director of Organization Effectiveness, Student Life

Chris Brooks, Professor, CAS
Tyrone Cannon, Interim Provost
April Crabtree, Assistant Vice Provost, SEM
Eileen Fung, Interim Dean, CAS
Michael Harrington, Associate Vice Provost Planning & Budget, CIPE
Anneliese Mauch, Associate Vice President, OMC
Keally McBride, Professor, CAS, interim through 3/25/21
Joan McDermott, Director, Athletics
Jeffrey Paller, Assistant Professor, CAS, on leave until 3/25/21
Sonja Martin Poole, Associate Professor, SOM and USFFA President, ex-officio member
Richard Stackman, Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, SOM

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