Strategic Planning

Strategic planning and decision-making provide administrative structure and process to determine, attain, and maintain the mission and vision of the university. The APU Shared Vision 2022 and its four themes serve as the guide for strategic planning. In addition, in September 2011, Provost Mark Stanton released the Academic Vision 2022 for APU. This vision was created with support from President Wallace and the Academic Cabinet to articulate the academic vision within the university vision and plan strategically to achieve that vision. The provost conversed with the president around potential university vision areas and their reciprocity with academics. This ensured a coordinated and collaborative vision for the entire university. The provost engaged the Academic Cabinet in the formation of the academic vision and the selection of specific goals and objectives to achieve the vision. Elements of these goals and objectives have been translated into measurable outcomes and will be tracked on a dashboard using standardized metrics (instruments, instrument items, standard data sets/IPEDS data, etc.).

Within the organizational structure, varying administrative groups are responsible for maintaining the strategic focus of the university and ensuring that decisions are congruent with the vision and themes. The Strategic Planning Handbook (PDF) provides a comprehensive description of strategic planning processes at APU, including an overview of the various administrative groups engaged in the strategic decision-making process.

Simply stated, all planning processes fall under the purview of the Board of Trustees and the Office of the President. The three-year planning process with annual revision functions occurs through reciprocal interaction between the members of the President’s Council and the areas they oversee at the university. Membership in the President’s Council is representative of the four primary divisions of the university: administration, academics, co-curricular, and operations. The roles and planning processes of these four areas are described in detail in the Strategic Planning Handbook (PDF).

Assessment and accountability of school/college/department strategic plans are managed using the TaskStream software and supporting services. The Office of Curricular Support (OCS) serves as the administrative support to the President’s Council for strategic planning processes. In addition, OCS processes all forms for implementing new academic initiatives, programs, and courses, as well as changes to current curricular offerings.