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Strategic Planning 2016-20

Strategic Planning 2016-20
One Plan, Many Voices: Working Together to Design PSU's Future

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A new strategic plan for Portland State that focuses on student success and campus equity, among other priorities, was given final approval Thursday by the university’s Board of Trustees.

“Let Knowledge Serve the City: The Strategic Goals of Portland State University, 2016-2020” now becomes PSU’s guiding document for the coming years.

“This is the culmination of a huge amount of effort,” President Wim Wiewel told the board, noting the hundreds of students, faculty and staff who contributed ideas through more than a year of meetings and campus events.

The plan highlights five main goals: elevate student success; advance excellence in teaching and research; extend our leadership in community engagement; expand our commitment to equity; and innovate for long-term stability.

As part of the plan, new vision and mission statements were written for PSU. The new vision statement reads:

“Portland state leads the way to an equitable and sustainable future through academic, urban engagement, and expanding opportunity.”

PSU’s mission is summarized in four bullet points:

  • We serve and sustain a vibrant urban region through our creativity, collective knowledge and expertise.
  • We are dedicated to collaborative learning, innovative research, sustainability and community engagement.
  • We educate a diverse community of lifelong learners.
  • Our research and teaching have global impact.

The plan was developed over more than a year of work, primarily by a 30-member team of faculty, students and staff. Hundreds of others participated through town halls, campus events and online.

PSU Faculty Senate President Gina Greco praised the process that went into the plan, noting that initial concerns by faculty were addressed.

“There has been responsiveness and we are very appreciative of that,” Greco said.

Board Chairman Pete Nickerson echoed Greco’s comments, saying early concerns by board members also had been addressed.

The plan now goes into an implementation phase, which Wiewel said would be developed through regular university channels and through PSU’s shared governance model.

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