Strategic Planning Synthesizers Pore Over Feedback from Town Halls
This week, California State University, Dominguez Hills continued strategic planning activities that will help to shape a vision and framework that will support the university’s commitment to become a “model urban university.”
A committee comprising faculty and staff members, called “synthesizers,” met from March 23 to 25, to process the information collected from campus Town Halls that were held in late February and early March. Led by organizational strategist and consultant Carolyn J. C. Thompson, the group spent two and a half days poring over and analyzing the many ideas and aspirations that were shared by the campus community.
The group’s task over the two and a half days was to craft the first drafts of a mission statement, vision statement, and list of core values for the university based on the Town Hall feedback. Thought-provoking discussions took place around the conference table as to what people were saying in the Town Halls, and how to best synthesize their comments into a strategic framework that truly represented all constituents. Among the questions they asked themselves while writing the first drafts were: Can it create alignment? Does it translate to all areas, from president on down? Does it make you want to say “That’s about me? I want to help make this happen?”
The strategic planning synthesizers represented a cross-section of staff and faculty from across the campus: Dr. Mitch Maki, dean, College of Professional Studies; Dr.John Thomlinson, associate professor and chair, Department of Biology; Dr. Carole Shea, director, School of Nursing; Dr. Patricia Kalayjian, assistant professor and chair, Interdisciplinary Studies/PACE; Lui Amador, coordinator, Multicultural Center; Emmit Williams, director, Procurement and Contracts; Dr. Roderick Hernandez, assistant professor of English; and Dr. Munashe Furusa, chair, Academic Senate and associate professor of Africana Studies.
The drafts will be circulated to various campus constituencies for further feedback and refinement in the coming weeks. A rollout of the final version of the strategic plan is expected by the end of May. For more information see the strategic planning website at www.csudh.edu/strategicplanning.
- Brenda Knepper and Amy Bentley-Smith
Photos above: A committee of faculty and staff synthesizers discussed findings from the Town Hall meetings this week in order to craft a framework and focus for the university's five-year strategic plan. Pictured L-R: Dr. Patricia Kalayjian, assistant professor and chair, Interdisciplinary Studies/PACE;
Lui Amador, coordinator, Multicultural Center; Dr.John Thomlinson, associate professor and
chair, Department of Biology; and Dr. Carole Shea, director, School of Nursing
Organizational strategist and consultant Carolyn J. C. Thompson (at left) led the discussions, which focused on
findings from the entire CSUDH internal and external communities. Kalayjian considers the possibilities, at right.
Dr.John Thomlinson, associate professor and chair, Department of Biology; Dr. Susan Borrego,
vice president, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs; and Emmit Williams,
director, Procurement and Contracts, listen as Dr. Roderick Hernandez, assistant professor of English,
presents what he has learned at the Town Halls.
Photos by Joanie Harmon