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Continuous Planning Processes

The University of Northern Iowa holds as one of its core values "excellence in all its endeavors" and recognizes that achieving excellence requires ongoing effort. The University seeks to achieve excellence through a process that starts with strategic planning and is augmented by ongoing assessment and feedback to improve future efforts. President Koob re-emphasized this approach of University involvement, collaboration, and cooperation when he came to UNI five years ago, reaching toward continuous improvement on a day-by-day basis.

The following examples illustrate how the University engages in continuous planning:

1. The Board of Regents develops and regularly updates its own strategic plan. The current plan for 1998-2003, "Investing in the Future," can be accessed at

2. The Board of Regents mandates a five-year strategic planning process for all Regents institutions. UNI developed a new five-year plan with input from internal and external constituencies. The new five-year plan, which builds on the past five-year plan, was approved by the Board of Regents in November 2000. Progress toward strategic accomplishments is reported to the Board annually.

3. The University's five-year strategic plan provides overall direction to the institution, and each college, division, and major unit of the University fashions its own strategy for implementing the plan.

4. The University Cabinet, headed by the President and involving division vice presidents, meets weekly to address issues important to the entire institution, including advancement of strategic initiatives.

5. The Academic Affairs Council, headed by the Provost and involving all the deans and assistant or associate vice presidents, meets weekly to address issues with implications for all academic units, including advancement of strategic initiatives.

6. The department heads of each college meet with their deans at least twice a month to address issues relevant to departments in that college, including advancement of strategic initiatives.

7. The Facilities Planning Advisory Committee (FPAC), composed of representatives of all University constituencies, is charged with assessing and making recommendations toward the effective and efficient use of all University facilities. The group meets on a monthly basis to identify and assess facilities needs. Recommendations are forwarded to the Cabinet for approval.

8. The Planning and Policy Committee for Information Technology (PPCIT) (see is charged with addressing the rapidly expanding and changing needs of the University related to information technology. The PPCIT, including representatives of all on-campus University constituencies, generally meets monthly during the academic year to identify and address issues and draft policy. Committee recommendations are forwarded directly to the Cabinet for review.

9. The Executive Committee of Educational and Student Services meets weekly to address the changing needs of students, coordinate departmental activities, and discuss new initiatives in assessment and technology. Efforts to enhance collaboration with other divisions, particularly Academic Affairs, are also discussed.

10. A wide range of other committees serve the needs of the University and contribute to its continuous improvement.


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