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Pathway to Success 2011

The 2nd Annual Strategic Plan Stakeholders Conference was held Thursday, March 31, 2011 in the Tirey Hall Ballroom. The conference fully discussed and assessed the first year of work associated with the effort. Embedded in the plan are 250 plus tasks/work plans designed to move ISU forward toward it's benchmark goals.

Conference Presentations, Goal Chair Executive Summaries and Audit Chair Executive Summaries can be found here: Conference 2011

The ambitious five-year strategic plan for Indiana State University continues to make its mark on the university, community, region, and state. With enrollment growth in the fall of 2011 of 1000 additional students and even greater community involvement culminating in Terre Haute receiving the Community of the Year award ISU is moving forward.

The plan President Daniel J. Bradley unveiled on October 14, 2009, pledged to diversify revenue in an effort to limit future tuition increases and attract and retain a diverse pool of talented faculty and staff. A February 21st Scholar Collaboration and Prospective Faculty day has drawn 25 + minority faculty to campus to learn about ISU. The plan also seeks to strengthen the university's most distinctive programs through and ambitious unbounded possibilities initiative. And, we continue to upgrade student housing and other facilities and construct a new "front door" entrance from U.S. 41.

Increasing enrollment and student success remains the university's top goal, with an eye toward serving 12,000 students annually by 2014, an increase of nearly 1,500 students from the fall 2009 headcount. The plan also seeks increases in the university's first-year retention rate and four- and six-year graduation rates.

"These are aggressive goals but for the most part they are attainable, and in many cases they are political requirements," Bradley said. "Higher education is going to have to do a better job of helping our students be successful if we are to retain our much valued position politically. If we can just help our students be more successful, our enrollment will grow all by itself," Bradley said.

Steve Lamb, chair of the ISU Faculty Senate, called it "the best strategic plan he's seen in his 40 years with the university". Hundreds of faculty and staff, together with dozens of students and community members, spent more than one year developing the plan.

Indiana State is already recognized nationally for its level of community engagement, but the plan calls for ramping up that involvement to an even higher level so that every student has at least one community engagement experience before graduation, more faculty and staff hold community leadership positions, and more businesses and community organizations are served by the university. "We are Terre Haute and Terre Haute is us. If we are going to be successful as a university it is critical that Terre Haute be successful. We need to work together," Bradley said.

The plan is also gaining notoriety by being so open and transparent. These web pages hold our strategic planning efforts in total. "Amid challenging economic realities, our institution must make the most of every resource while operating with a high degree of transparency and accountability," said Karl Burgher, special assistant to the president for strategic planning. "A new data warehouse and the total transparency of the warehouse dashboards help us do that by making important information available to decision makers and all stakeholders campus-wide. It allows us to make informed decisions based on a single source of truth in areas including student retention and enrollment management, helping us make a positive impact on programs vital to our future."

"The Strategic Plan is working because we are working the plan, assessing the plan, and making changes to the plan as needed. The plan now has 34 Initiatives and 250 associated work plans and actions - it is a huge effort and it is paying off," Burgher said.