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Educate • Connect • Elevate: Campus moving forward with new strategic plan

President Larry Dietz (second from left) and the Board of Trustees at the spring meeting where the board approved the University's new strategic plan.

President Larry Dietz (second from left) and the Board of Trustees at the spring meeting where the board approved the University's new strategic plan.

Since the introduction of Educating Illinois in 2000, the University has operated under the umbrella of a strategic plan that serves as a guide when all financial and academic decisions are made. As of July 1, the blueprint for going forward has been updated and renamed.

Educate • Connect • Elevate: Illinois State—The Strategic Plan for Illinois’ First Public University 2018-2023 articulates the University’s mission to serve citizens of Illinois and beyond.

Illinois State’s vision to remain a national leader offering premiere undergraduate and graduate programs is also stated in the plan that was approved by the University’s Board of Trustees in a spring meeting.

The approved plan evolved over months of consultation with campus stakeholders. A committee of faculty and staff representing all areas of campus led the work, which involved seeking input through surveys and open forums.

The document strengthens ISU’s core values by adding respect and collaboration to the existing list of leadership and scholarship, individualized attention, civic engagement, and integrity. Whereas Educating Illinois included diversity, the new plan expands the value to diversity and inclusion.

The plan also includes four strategic directions, which are to enhance strength and stability, foster innovation, nurture diversity and inclusion, and enrich engagement.

Educate • Connect • Elevate will serve as a guide for divisions, units, and offices in planning and resource allocation decisions,” said President Larry Dietz. He praised the new strategic plan for its clear “desire to build on the strengths and successes of Educating Illinois, and to emphasize Illinois State’s broad educational reach.”

Thirteen objectives with 47 specific actions have been identified in the plan, which can be seen at StrategicPlan.IllinoisState.edu. Progress made in each area will be noted in the online document, as accountability remains a key factor to the plan’s success.

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