Plymouth State University has been engaged in a detailed and thoughtful strategic planning process. Focus 2020 emerged from a series of inclusive campus activities that took place during Academic Years 2012-2014. These activities included a SWOT analysis conducted during spring 2012 and open campus forums held during fall 2012. The members of the Cabinet were consulted, information was provided to Department Chairs for feedback, and members of the Planning and Budgeting Leadership Group (PBLG) gathered, organized, and refined all of the recommendations and worked together through the fall and early winter of 2013-2014 to generate a draft document. This document was then vetted across campus during the spring of 2014 via all-campus forums as well as a written feedback survey, and the final draft was approved by the Planning and Budgeting Leadership Group and the President’s Cabinet in May 2014. It has now been shared with the Board of Trustees.
This plan, called Focus 2020 because of its focus on future goal measurement and achievement, is guided and informed by the Plymouth State University Mission and has been created to support future planning by the PSU community. The plan is designed to cover a six-year period, with the intention that subsequent plans will be developed on a five-year cycle to ensure that we have a solid strategic plan in place during PSU’s institutional accreditation processes that occur every five years. We will be able to refer to a living document through our next institutional accreditation, and then use information from our next self-study to inform the following plan. This document should be referenced as future efforts are undertaken at PSU over the next six years, inclusive of all areas, graduate and undergraduate.