CSU Dominguez Hills Strategic Planning Continues with Meetings of University Stakeholders
The ongoing process of drawing up a strategic plan for the next five years at California State University, Dominguez Hills continued last week with gatherings of alumni, donors, community and business members, and elected officials. At the meetings, the guests were asked to describe where they hoped to see the institution as a “model urban university” in the next five years in regard to academic offerings, student success, connections to the community and public image.
Guests at the meetings, which were held in Club 1910 at the Loker Student Union, represented a broad spectrum of the university’s supporters and partners, including Gilbert Ivey (Class of ’75, B.A., business administration), chief administrative officer for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Dr. Janice Filer, principal, California Academy of Math and Science; State Assemblyman Warren Furutani (D-55th); Ken Putnam, chair, CSU Dominguez Hills Foundation; Jacki Bacharach, executive director, South Bay Council of Governments; and Jorge Haynes, senior director for external relations, California State University.
CSU Dominguez Hills Strategic Planning Continues with Meetings of University Stakeholders Mitch Ward, mayor pro-tem of the city of Manhattan Beach, attended the meeting with local elected officials. He said he appreciated the opportunity to voice his opinion as a stakeholder and commended the university’s outreach and inclusion of community members in its strategic planning process. The sessions revealed the stakeholders’ interest in developing partnerships with the university as an incubator offering services for local businesses provided by student interns; training graduates to fill the demands of local employers in fields such as aerospace, transportation and sustainability; and positioning the CSU Dominguez Hills campus as a community hub for both commerce and culture.
“In Manhattan Beach, we’ve set up an environmental task force, which is comprised of residents from the city with various backgrounds and knowledge of issues of the environment, whether it’s water, recycling, or trash,” he says. “The public brings forth the recommendations instead of them coming from the government. If you empower your stakeholders, get them together and stress to your students that’s the way you work, that makes for a positive image.”
Drafts of a strategic framework 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.
- Joanie Harmon
Photo above: Alumni Gilbert Ivey (at left) and Ruben Mancillas discuss ways to engage the university and community in order to establish CSU Dominguez Hills as "the university of the South Bay."
Photo by GK