University Strategic
Planning Committee (USPC)

The committee was formed based on a charge by former President Michael Schwartz (2001-2009) to design a strategic, inclusive, effective and meaningful planning process to guide Cleveland State University into its next phase of growth and development.

After three years of planning and deliberation, the University has initiated a new collaborative strategic planning process - Vision Unlimited, that has been approved by both Faculty Senate and the Administration.

The University Strategic Planning Committee has 11 members, five administrators appointed by the President, five faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate Steering Committee and one student representative.The process continues utilizing an annual review.


Creating Vision Unlimited: A Unique Planning Process


Collaboration and a unique, innovative process were the crucial elements through which Vision Unlimited became a reality.

ONGOING. The University Strategic Planning Committee (USPC) is a permanent committee of the University charged with the responsibility of developing, reviewing, and revising the strategic plan on an ongoing basis.

COLLABORATIVE. The USPC, comprised of faculty, administrators and students, worked to develop goals, strategies, and tactics that are good for the entire University. The resultant plan is a University plan.

BOTTOM-UP, GRASS ROOTS. The USPC asked all campus departments and units to involve their faculty and staff in visioning and planning for the future. More than 75 comprehensive reports were received, followed by 16 reports from deans and vice presidents, synthesizing ideas in the unit and departmental reports. These ideas and suggestions formed the basis of Vision Unlimited.

CONVERSATIONS ACROSS LEVELS. A Strategic Planning University Review session was held, providing exciting dialogue and

ideas as various campus constituencies shared their views and perspectives on the future of CSU, Vision Unlimited recommends and annual review session where campus leadership can interact face-to-face to build a better University.

FEEDBACK FROM STAKEHOLDERS. Group and individual meetings, guests attending planning meetings, surveys, and special events were some of the strategies used o elicit feedback from University stakeholders: the Board of Trustees, Faculty Senate, students, academic and non-academic administration, Budget Committee, Capital Planning Committee, Program Review Committees, other University committees, alumni, the community, and Visiting Committees.

OPEN AND TRANSPARENT. The USPC posted its activities for review and comment on its own webpage, established and e-mail address for questions and suggestions, and kept the University informed of its progress through campus news articles and Faculty Senate and administrative briefings.