Schedule of Meetings

(Strategic Planning Committee)

August 7-8, 2008 – Strategic Planning Launch at Fall Faculty & Staff Conference

In August 2008, The Barthwell Group commenced the Strategic Planning Process at Alcorn State University by conducting a town hall meeting followed by ten small group discussions( the “Strategic Planning Workshop”). Approximately 300 faculty and staff attended this town hall meeting and participated in the small group discussions during the Strategic Planning Workshop.

• September 21, 2008 – Organizing the Strategic Planning Process

In September, 2008, The Barthwell Group conducted its first meeting with the Strategic Planning Committee. The Strategic Planning Committee is co-chaired by Dr. Josephine Posey, Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dr. Reginald Lindsey, Dean, School of Arts and Sciences and is comprised of approximately 26 senior administrators, faculty members, students and alumni. The Barthwell Group also conducted initial meetings with five Focus Groups: Alumni, Community, Faculty, Staff and Students. Approximately 15 persons representing a cross-section of each of the stakeholder groups were appointed to each Focus Group.

October 21, 2008 – Review of Alcorn State University’s Internal Environment

During October, The Barthwell Group interfaced with the Strategic Planning Committee and the Focus Groups to begin developing an internal assessment of the University. After reporting results from the initial assessments of strengths and weaknesses from the Focus Groups and the Strategic Planning Workshop, a number of key faculty members and administrators presented assessments of the University’s academics and operations.

November 13, 2008 – Review of Alcorn State University’s External Environment

In November, The Barthwell Group interfaced with the Strategic Planning Committee to develop an assessment of the external environment of the future University. The Barthwell Group presented the feedback from the Focus Groups. Representatives from the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, the Governor’s Office and a state senator shared their perspectives on the future external environment.

December 4, 2008 – Developing the Vision for Alcorn State University

In December, a representative from the private sector added another analysis of the future external environment of the University. In order to develop the vision of the future University, The Barthwell Group arranged for a special presentation of a nationally-renown futurist: Dr. Nat Irvin. The President of Alcorn State University, Dr. George Ross, shared his vision and perspective on the future mission of the University. In a two-day meeting, the Strategic Planning Committee began the development of the vision and mission of the University.

January 15, 2009 – Developing the Mission Statement for Alcorn State University

During the January Strategic Planning Meeting, The Barthwell Group interfaced with the Strategic Planning Committee and the Focus Groups to begin developing the future Core Values of the University. The Strategic Planning Committee and The Barthwell Group decided to devote the entire session to Core Values.

February 19, 2009 – Developing the Core Values and Branding Mantra

During the February Strategic Planning Meeting, The Barthwell Group interfaced with the Strategic Planning Committee and the Focus Groups to develop the final future Core Values of the University and to begin developing the future Branding Mantra of the University.

March 26, 2009 – Developing the University’s Goals

During the March Strategic Planning Meeting, The Barthwell Group interfaced with the Strategic Planning Committee and the Focus Groups to begin developing the goals of the University. The Barthwell Group also reported back regarding the progress in developing the Core Values and the Branding Mantra of the University.

April 16-17, 2009 – Developing the University’s Objectives

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May 4, 2009 – Developing Departmental Goals

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June 18, 2009 – Developing Departmental Goals

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July 23-24, 2009 – Developing Departmental Objectives

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August 20, 2009 – Review of the Draft Strategic Plan

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September 24, 2009 – Presentation of the Final Strategic Plan

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