The NAU community undertook an extensive strategic planning exercise during the last academic year to review and refine the university’s planning directions and principles.

Online discussions attracted 1,084 visitors, resulting in an active participation of 243 students, faculty and staff members. In addition, 15 standing committees, councils and departments were consulted during in-person feedback sessions.

Strategic goals chartThe Strategic Planning and Budget Council designated a work group to review feedback and revise the university strategic plan. As a result, the previous seven goals that resulted from the 2010 strategic planning review process were consolidated into six: students success; global engagement; commitment to Native Americans; diversity, civic engagement and community building; nationally recognized research excellence; and sustainability and effectiveness.

These goals align with four goals defined by the Arizona Board of Regents.

“The relative stability of the university strategic plan over the years, despite its regular review with a built-in intensive feedback process, shows that the strategic directions reflect our values,” said Pat Haeuser, vice president for Institutional Effectiveness.

Two themes that came directly from the university community’s feedback are now addressed explicitly at the goal level—research excellence and civic engagement.

All the goals and their corresponding strategies are available for review online.

Contact Eva Putzová, director for university strategic initiatives, to discuss the newly revised plan or to initiate a departmental planning exercise.