LSU Strategic Plan 2025: Update and Campus-Wide Survey

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Phase one of LSU’s Strategic Plan 2025 concluded in 2016 after months of input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and business leaders. Approximately 200 people participated in face-to-face focus groups and more than 2,100 members of our campus community completed an on-line survey. In addition, Provost Richard Koubek and members of his team conducted numerous conversations with key stakeholders to gather additional feedback on the plan. As 2016 came to a close, University deans, vice presidents, vice provosts, faculty and staff senate leaders attended a Strategic Planning Leadership Retreat to finalize phase one of the plan in preparation for phase two, which began in early 2017.

While Louisiana State University’s Flagship Agenda and mission of discovery, learning, diversity, and engagement continues to guide our endeavors, Strategic Plan 2025 is set to drive specific initiatives over the next seven years. The plan is broken down into three primary sections: Key Attributes, Strategic Themes and Supporting Pillars.

LSU’s Key Values

LSU produces successful graduates, many of who can be found in leadership positions across corporate halls and boardrooms around the country and the world. These alums are service leaders who share core attributes that underpin the ideals LSU Tigers value as a community. Our graduates are Creative, Collaborative, Culturally Adept, Globally Engaged, Innovative, and Transformative.

Strategic Themes

Participants approached the strategic planning process with the goal of creating a document that is authentic to LSU—a plan that allows the University to use its unique expertise in solving challenges that face Louisiana, our nation, and the world. The following areas were selected: Advancing Arts and Culture, Bridging the Coast, Energy and Environment, Catalyzing Economic Development, Improving Health and Wellbeing and Transforming Education. With service leadership at the forefront, these categories represent areas of vital need in our state and allow for collaboration across all disciplines within the University, as well as partnerships with business and industry outside of campus.

Supporting Pillars

In addition, the University identified four Supporting Pillars important to instill the Key Values and achieve the goals outlined in the Strategic Themes. These Pillars include: Developing a Dynamic General Education Curriculum, Encouraging Career Excellence and Enrichment, Establishing a Culture of Operational Excellence, and Supporting Student Success.

From January through March of this year, nine subcommittees covering each of the themes and pillars convened on multiple occasions to develop core strategies and a list of initiatives under each. In late March and early April, an overview of the plan was presented during three Campus Town Hall meetings open to all students, faculty and staff. Those in attendance were treated to an overview of the strategic planning process from the Provost followed by each subcommittee chair’s brief presentation of his or her theme/pillar, core strategies and a list of initiatives. The Campus Town Halls ended with a brief Q&A and audience members were invited to submit comment cards. These comments were filtered back through to the subcommittee chairs to incorporate into the plan.

The plan also includes a specific list of initiatives on which our campus community can provide input to determine the first items to be implemented. The survey is located here.

“This is a strategic plan that is being developed for and by the entire University,” stressed Provost Richard J. Koubek. “From the beginning of this process, our goal was to be inclusive of students, faculty, and staff, and we continue to be energized by the passion and participation on campus.”

The Provost further explained that there is a budget set aside to fund some of the initiatives in the plan and these will be determined in part by input via the on-line survey. A compilation of suggestions and popular initiatives will be returned to the subcommittees, which will then develop accompanying metrics to measure the plan’s on-going success. The final strategic plan is set for approval at the June Board of Supervisors Meeting and then launched in the summer of 2017.