Strategic Initiatives

Components of strategic initiatives

1) Performance review - SPRING

  • Performance reviews are done in the spring semester to provide developmental feedback for all Student Affairs employees, with a goal of continuous improvement.  In 2016-17 we implemented a 360 review which provided feedback from not only one’s supervisor, but also peers, direct reports (when applicable), and students, as well as a self evaluation.
  • Supervisors are to meet with their direct reports to review and discuss the results, to list major accomplishments from the previous year, and to develop goals for the coming year. Goals should be related to employee’s professional development, big projects not in the departmental strategic plan, as well as areas of improvement needed based on their performance review.

2) Professional strategic plan - DEVELOP BY JUNE 30

  • Was referred to as annual goals in 2016-17; new name is professional strategic plan
  • Should be developed in June for the coming year.
  • List the goals that were developed during the performance review meeting (see above)
  • Utilize the Google spreadsheet template to flesh out objectives (what steps will be taken to meet the goal) and timelines; share with supervisor.
  • This strategic plan should be reviewed at least quarterly with supervisors to ensure the employee is on track with their objectives. Due dates can be adjusted based on circumstances.
  • Make updates throughout the year, including the final status column.
  • Items in this professional strategic plan are different that those in an employee’s departmental strategic plan.

3) Department annual plan - DEVELOP BY JUNE 30

  • Should be developed in June for the coming year; often done at a division-wide retreat.
  • Utilize the Google spreadsheet template that is provided.
  • List goals for the department, objectives (what steps will be taken to meet the goal), due dates, and responsible parties.  A minimum of three assessments are to be done:
  • This strategic plan should be reviewed at least monthly at departmental meetings to ensure everyone is on track with their objectives. Due dates can be adjusted based on circumstances.
  • Make updates throughout the year, including the final status column.
  • This document will provide valuable information for the departmental annual report.

4) Assessment - THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, FINISHED BY JUNE 30

  • Beginning 2017-18, departments should conduct at least three assessments per academic year, which must be listed in the departmental strategic plan:
  • Sharon Downs is available to help departments develop meaningful assessments.
  • A mid-year report is due to Sharon by January 31. A template will be provided.
  • Results and action plan should be explained in the annual report.

5) Annual report - DUE MID-JULY

  • A WordPress form has been set up on all departmental websites to use for entering annual report information.
  • Departments are encouraged to make updates throughout the year and keep it in draft form, so it’s not visible on the website.
  • Due mid-July for the previous year.
  • The curated annual report that includes information from the entire division will be on the website and in print by the end of July.

The Associate Dean for Division Strategy is available to assist or advise on any of these strategic initiatives.


Purpose of strategic initiatives for Student Affairs

The purpose of the Student Affairs strategic initiatives are to effectively communicate the mission, progress, and outcomes of the various offices within the division. It is essential that events, programs, successes, and student learning outcomes of those in the division are effectively communicated to both internal and external constituencies. These efforts, when combined, become the division’s means to demonstrate why student services are essential functions of the institution. In effect, the various components of the division should utilize these tools to show:

  1. what they are doing
  2. how they are able to effectuate change, and
  3. the tools and data that they have used to better their services.

Ultimately, strategic initiatives within the division should be utilized to demonstrate program effectiveness, and should allow for a methodical approach for improvement in order to continually enhance services for UA Little Rock students based on data driven decisions.

Division of Student Affairs Strategic Planning Process

 


Previous Annual Reports

Annual reports for 2015-16

Annual reports for 2014-15