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Citadel News Service
29 Apr 2007

Strategic initiatives guide college priorities

The Citadel Board of Visitors adopted a vision statement and set of strategic initiatives in 2002 to guide the college's priorities from 2002-2012. The vision statement -- Excellence in the education of principled leaders -- states in a brief format the mission of The Citadel.

Last fall, the Board of Visitors further revised the strategic initiatives to set the following priorities: 

  1. Focus on the development of principled leaders.
  2. Strengthen the college through institutional advancement
  3. Enhance the learning environment
  4. Develop the student population
  5. Enhance the facilities and technological support for the campus
  6. Improve institutional effectiveness
  7. Ensure that the college has the leadership and talent to accomplish these goals

The administration has further defined how we will reach these strategic initiatives through a set of actions between now and May of 2010 as outlined in the table below. The letters and numbers refer to which broad initiative the action will address. 

 

The table represents the action plan as of spring semester 2007.

First Year Strategic Initiatives June 2006 - May 2007 POC
A1. Implement the initial phase of the Citadel Values and Respect Program by Fall 2006 (SA/AD). LTC Weart
A2. Integrate Vision, Mission, and Core Values into all Corps-related training and activities; starting in Fall 2006 and CGPS related information and activities starting in Fall 2007. V & R Task Force
A5. Complete the study of the 24-hour schedule and physical effectiveness of the 4th class IAW the QEP by May 2007. Implement needed changes Fall of ‘07. V & R Task Force
B1. Develop a Strategic Communications Plan for the college by July 2006 and update as needed (semi-annually). VP PA
B2. Enhance donor relations and stewardship processes with TCF, TCBF, and CAA by 2007. TCF
C1. Complete NCAA Self Study by May 2007. Provost
C7. Review annual academic assessment reports to determine critical needs for inclusion in the budget request process by Fall 2006. Provost
D1. Determine annually the feasibility of additional off-campus course offerings to include distance learning capabilities by Fall 2006 Provost
D2. Revise recruiting strategy and goals by Jan 2007 to achieve increased minority and female representation within the Corps. Admission
First Year Strategic Initiatives June 2006 - May 2007 POC
D3. Average one national level post-graduate scholarship per year by May 2007. Provost
E3. Revise The Citadel Facilities Master Plan IAW Comprehensive Permanent Improvement Plan (CPIP) schedule for 2007 and beyond. VP Facilities
F1 Develop and implement a reporting process that provides standardized “key metrics dashboards” to reflect institutional progress by 31 August 2006. LTC Plunkett
F2 Integrate the following state reporting requirements, by September 2006, into the planning/assessment processes of the College (annual): Provost & EA
  ·        CHE Performance Funding  
  ·        Agency head Evaluation  
  ·        Accountability Report  
G1 Establish diversity goals for each employment category annually. Human Resources
G2 Revise the recruiting and hiring processes to improve the diversity of the administration, faculty, and staff (by Jan 2007). Human Resources
G4 Conduct salary study every three years beginning in Fall 2006. Provost &
     
     
Second Year Strategic Initiatives June 2007 - May 2008 POC
A2 Integrate Vision, Mission, and Core Values into all Corps-related training and activities starting in Fall 2006 and CGPS related information and activities starting in Fall 2007. Provost & Commandant
A3. Create an integrated leader development model within the Citadel Experience by August 2007. LTC Weart
A4. Fully develop and implement the Citadel Values and Respect Program (Honor Education, Substance Abuse, Human dignity, Leader Development, Sexual Assault/ Harassment) by Fall 2007. LTC Weart
A5. Complete the study of the 24-hour schedule and physical effectiveness of the 4th class IAW the QEP by May 2007. Implement needed changes in Fall 2007. Provost
A6. Establish an automated Cadet Accountability System by Fall 2007 IAW the QEP. Commandant
A7 Review the Honor System by May 2008 as an integral component in the preparation of Principled Leaders LTC Weart
A8 Review Cadet Discipline System by May 2008 as an integral component in the preparation of Principled Leaders. Commandant
B3. Create a comprehensive Marketing Plan by Fall 2007. VP PA
B4. Develop concepts and plan for future capital campaign by 1 Oct 2007. TCF
C2. Provide resources on an annual basis to enable all students to be competitive at conference or national levels across all program areas by Fall 2007. Provost
C3. Achieve initial accreditation in Computer Science by AY 2007-2008. Provost
C4. Improve and continue to integrate the academic support programs, as reflected by our assessment process, to meet the goals of the institution by Fall 2008. Provost
C5. Maintain accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) by fully implementing the QEP by August 2009. Provost
C6. Maintain Academic Program accreditation in the following academic area: Business administration, Education, Engineering, and Psychology. Critical dates will vary by professional association. Fall 2007 is the earliest date (Education). Selected School Deans
D4. Review feasibility of reinstating Veterans Program by June 2007. All VP’s
E1. Create and implement an integrated technology plan for The Citadel beginning by Aug 2007. CIO
E2. Annually plan and execute expenditure of State Education Lottery funding to improve institution’s technology capabilities by Fall 2007. VP Finance/Provost
F3. Improve organizational design and capacity for institutional assessment to embed integrated assessment efforts within The Citadel culture by July 2007. Provost
F4. Revise and publish a strategic planning process that outlines a formal process of assessing results, updating performance indicators, and revising plans that contribute to institutional progress by Fall 2008. Provost
G5. Conduct a salary study for administrative and staff positions every three years beginning in Spring 2007. VP Finance
     
     
Third Year Strategic Initiatives June 2008 – May 2009  
F5. Seek out best practices and, as a minimum, implement a new practice in each VP area that improves organizational effectiveness and reduces the need for annual tuition increases by Spring 2008. All VP’s
D6. Conduct academic needs assessment every 3-5 years beginning Fall 2008. Provost
D7 . Implement Plan A (grow Corps by approximately 2 companies) by Fall 2010. Admissions
     
     
Fourth Year Strategic Initiatives June 2009 – May 2010 POC
B6. Acquire sufficient unrestricted and restricted private funding by 2010 to allow The Citadel to operate with a stable funding base and to limit annual student tuition and fee increases to the Higher Education Price Index (HEPI). TCF
C5. Maintain accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) by fully implementing the QEP by August 2009. Provost
     
     
Fifth Year Strategic Initiatives June 2010 – May 2011  
A9. Embed a culture of Values and Respect into The Citadel ethos by Fall 2010. Provost & Commandant
D8. Improve freshman and class cohort retention to exceed the national average and those of designated peer institutions IAW QEP by 2009. Provost
D9 Grow CGPS enrollment by 25 % by Fall 2010 Dean CGPS
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