UPC Spearheads Efforts To Revise Flagship 2020 Strategic Plan

It’s hard to believe that LSU is six years into its strategic plan, Flagship 2020. This coupled with the changing landscape of higher education; LSU’s master planning exercise; and, the imminent launch of the LSU Foundation’s new capital campaign, it is the opportune time to review and update LSU’s strategic plan. Thankfully, the University Planning Council (UPC) is up to the challenge.

Rick pitched the idea of updating the strategic plan and offered a possible direction after careful vetting with faculty, staff, college deans and key alumni. The UPC recently met to discuss the proposition and solidify the concept before agreeing to move forward. At their brainstorming meeting held on March 17, the council determined that the structure of the new strategic plan should not defined by functional areas, such as research and teaching; but rather, by the higher order attributes that define our institution and to which we collectively aspire. The following attributes served as a starting point for conversation:  

  • Creativity
  • Service
  • Globally engaged
  • Impactful
  • Entrepreneurial 

The final set of attributes will serve as the start of several discussions on how LSU defines itself in the landscape of higher education.

Over the coming months, the UPC will move into full scale planning for new strategic plan, including seeking input from the faculty, staff and community through a series of focus groups and town hall meetings. We encourage you to express your voice and participate in the future of LSU throughout this process.