Jan. 6, 2020
FROM: Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., president
RE: Michigan State University Strategic Planning
Thank you for agreeing to serve on the Strategic Planning Steering Committee. Long-range strategic planning is among the most important activities an institution can undertake.
Michigan State is an extraordinary institution making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities across Michigan, the nation, and the world through its academic programs, research and scholarship, and community engagement. Through effective strategic planning, we can build on our strong foundation. We also have the opportunity to strengthen our commitments to live our shared values every day around diversity, equity, and inclusion and to lead by example in being a safe, welcoming, and respectful campus.
The planning process is less about creating an exhaustive list of tactics than it is about setting the vision for Michigan State for the coming decade and establishing the cross-institutional priorities to support it. We must examine our current state and identify themes, strengths, and trends across campus, as well as understand the changing higher education landscape and overall environment for state-funded, research-intensive institutions. To that end, I expect the committee to address the following questions through an open and inclusive process:
As a steering committee, your deliverables will be to:
This work can accelerate our success and strengthen our impact as a leading global research university and the pioneer land-grant institution. On behalf of our university, I extend my sincere thanks for the time and effort you will spend on this committee charting our strategic course.