Faculty members -- Please sign up for the Winter Symposium, to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom.
Join President Wim Wiewel and Provost Sona Andrews for a discussion about PSU's future and an interactive session on the new strategic plan.Your input is crucial to start fleshing out key areas of the plan. Please RSVP by close of business, Friday 1/23 to reserve a lunch.
Community. Integrity. Diversity. Transparency.
Those were some of the “value” words suggested by more than 100 students, faculty and staff who turned out Thursday for a town hall meeting on PSU’s new strategic planning effort.
It was the first large-scale gathering on the strategic plan, which has been requested by Portland State University’s Board of Trustees. Another one is set for Tuesday, when PSU faculty gather for their annual Winter Symposium.
The idea is to gather as much input as possible from the PSU community before writing a draft of the plan. Members of the Strategic Plan Development Team will use the information as they draft a new vision and mission statement for PSU.
Strategic plan organizers already have talked to student and faculty groups and key community leaders, and surveys were sent to the entire campus last week.
“This is the largest, most comprehensive effort -- involving the most people -- that I have ever seen at any institution,” President Wim Wiewel said as he opened the meeting.
Wiewel listed three key reasons for developing a new strategic plan for PSU.
- The current plan, which he put in place soon after he arrived in 2008, was developed with only a “modest level of involvement” -- nothing like the current effort. And after six years, Wiewel said, “it begins to sound a little dated.”
- The new Board of Trustees, which started over the summer, needs a strategic plan on which to base its decisions and measure the university’s progress.
- After contention between faculty and the administration last year, Wiewel said, he wanted to have a campuswide conversation about the core values that all members of the PSU community share. Even though there may be disagreements over individual policy decisions, Wiewel said, “we do not disagree over the fundamental direction of PSU.”
President Wiewel's open office hours at the Simon Benson House
Wednesday, January 28, 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.