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University Strategic Planning Council

In addition to the university’s interest in making progress on the new strategic plan and continuous improvement, the State Board of Education requires Boise State to report annually on strategic planning progress (State Board Policy III.I) and program prioritization continuous improvement (State Board Policy III.F).  The university has developed a synchronized process for submission of required annual reporting and strategic budget requests.  This synchronized submission process allows for aligned and integrated thinking about progress being made on the strategic plan, continuous improvement action items, and the funding needed to support them (both funded internally within college/division and funded through central budget requests).

University Strategic Plan Implementation StructureUniversity Strategic Plan Implementation Structure flow chart, full text description on page

The university strategic plan implementation structure is designed to ensure the strategic plan guides decision-making and prioritization within each division and cross-functional committees and activities on campus. The University Strategic Planning Council is positioned at the center of this structure and serves three essential purposes. First, it serves as a steward of the plan (not the author or decision-maker for the plan) and it facilitates a process to keep the campus responsible to the plan. Second, as the process matures, it will prepare reports based on the recommendations generated by the contributions to the plan from the divisions, cross-functional groups, and the executive team. Third, it provides regular communication to the campus about the developments and progress of the plan.

President and Executive TeamMakes prioritization and budget decisions related to the plan working with the University Strategic Planning Council and accompanying divisional and cross-functional committees.
University Strategic Planning CouncilPositioned at the center of this structure and serves three essential purposes. First, it serves as a steward of the plan (not the author or decision-maker for the plan) and it facilitates a process to keep the campus responsible to the plan. Second, as the process matures, it will prepare reports based on the recommendations generated by divisions, cross-functional groups, and the executive team. Third, it provides regular communication to the campus about the developments and progress of the plan.
Divisional Implementation CommitteesOversee the process by which each division will organize and prioritize its work according to the strategic plan. These divisional committees will develop work plans or perhaps divisional strategic plans as well as convene meetings with various divisional stakeholders to ensure the divisions’ priorities and actions align with the strategic plan. Further communication about these committees will be forthcoming.
Cross Functional University CommitteesMulti-divisional teams or shared governance bodies that steward the work of the university by working across traditional “boundaries” of the university. Like the divisional implementation teams, they make recommendations to the implementation process and/or assess how their work will be shaped by the strategic plan.

University Strategic Planning Council

The University Strategic Planning Council (USPC) is charged with the oversight for the implementation and execution of Boise State’s Strategic Plan: Blueprint for Success, 2021-2026.  The USPC integrates and coordinates divisional and cross-functional committee work to provide a comprehensive approach and management of the university’s progress on the plan. The USPC aggregates data and reporting from these groups into summaries for and recommendations to President Tromp and the Executive Team. At regular intervals, the USPC updates the campus community on the progress of the plan.

USPC Membership

Andrew FinstuenDean, Honors College and Associate Vice President for Strategic Planning and Academic Initiatives (co-chair)
Argia BeristainAssociate Vice President of Advancement, representing University Advancement
Elise AlfordSpecial Assistant to Vice President for University Affairs, representing University Affairs
Jana LaRosaDirector of Research Development, representing Research and Economic Development
Jeff BankaDirector of Finance and Leasing, representing Finance and Administration
Renee RehderSenior Associate Director, Enrollment Services, representing Student Affairs
Zeynep HansenVice Provost for Academic Planning (co-chair), representing Academic Affairs