ASU seeks community input on strategic plan
by Anna Oakes
Appalachian State University wants community members to share their opinions about the university and its future.
As part of ASU's new Strategic Plan, university leaders are soliciting input from various groups, including faculty, students and alumni, via an online survey. The university wants to hear from area residents, too.
"I think that that relationship is one of the critical parts -- the university is such a large part of the community," said Lori Gonzalez, ASU provost.
Gonzalez said that sometimes members of the university look at themselves internally and "miss things" because they are so involved with the daily functions of the campus.
"Appalachian has had a history of having the community have a say," she said.
The survey asks respondents open-ended questions about what makes ASU special and distinct, its mission statement, core assets and core values. The survey also asks for ideas to help improve a number of aspects of the university, including student success, research, diversity, technology, outreach and engagement, efficiency, accountability, sustainability and student athletics.
Gonzalez said ASU's Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning will aggregate survey responses and look for common themes, as well as compare how university members view themselves with how people outside of the university view ASU.
ASU's current Strategic Plan was implemented in 2008. The updated plan will guide the university from 2013 to 2017.
"The campus has the opportunity to complete a visioning process that will set the course for the future. By identifying priorities, Appalachian can position itself to be the destination campus in North Carolina for students who seek unique, transformational educational experiences," a memo to ASU's Board of Trustees stated.
Gonzalez said the Strategic Plan could be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval -- at the earliest -- in September.
The survey will remain open until Feb. 15.
To take the survey, visit http://academicaffairs.appstate.edu/strategic-planning-survey.