Campus Communications

October 13, 2015

Dear Colleagues,

We would appreciate your feedback on the draft of the strategic planning implementation plan and its budget estimates (see documents below).

BackgroundYou may recall that at the CSUSB Strategic Plan Town Hall meeting in May (2015) SPAC presented the final draft of the Plan to the members of the campus community and local communities. SPAC collected responses and reviewed them and, where appropriate, made improvements to the strategic plan. Following the collegial model, CSUSB now is developing budget estimates to meet our goals and objectives.

Developing Strategic Plan Budget EstimatesPhase 1. Following up on the May 2015 Town Hall meeting, beginning in July and continuing through mid-August (2015) the SPAC Co-chairs met with campus leaders whose knowledge and expertise closely matched with goals, objectives, and strategies of the strategic plan. The purpose of the meetings was to establish our initial cost estimates associated with each goal, objective, and strategy of the plan. Phase 2. The estimates obtained were vetted with members of the central administrative leadership and academic leaders. Their feedback was reviewed and budget revisions occurred. Phase 3. On two separate occasions in September the Strategic Plan budget estimates were presented at the University Budget Advisory Committee (UBAC) meetings. Responses from the meetings were considered and resulted in further refinements of the proposed budget.

Next stepsWe are now presenting the budget estimates to the campus community. Due to constraints of time and inability to have an open forum about the budget estimates, we are asking your feedback via this email. Please take some time and review the estimated budget associated with the strategic planning implementation plan, and comment accordingly to the survey (linked below) by 5:00 p.m. Thursday 22 October 2015. The survey has two purposes. Our first purpose is to obtain your thoughts about the proposed strategic plan budget allocation. Second, we want to know who you believe are the campus divisions, departments or units who should have the responsibility of implementing the goals, objectives and strategies given the budget estimates. CSUSB will have a leadership retreat on Thursday 29 October 2015 where we will ask colleagues to review effective ways to implement key elements of the strategic plan.

And finally . . .Following the retreat, CSUSB will review comments from the meeting along with results from the survey and prepare a final report to WASC about the Strategic Plan by Thursday 5 November 2015.

In the spirit of collegiality and with kind regards,

Vice President of ITS Sam Sudhakar & Terry L. RizzoSPAC Implementation Co-Chairs

May 22, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Please see this week's strategic planning process updates below:

SPAC met on Thursday to review the revised draft of the strategic plan and made decisions on changes proposed as a result of feedback from the Town Hall meeting and other meetings with Campus constituents. The decisions made by SPAC have been incorporated into a final draft document, which SPAC is expected to approve by Tuesday of next week. This plan will then be presented to President Morales by June 1st.

We sincerely appreciate the work of SPAC and the Working Groups in putting this strategic planning draft document together. We also appreciate your support and engagement throughout this process.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

May 16, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Please see this week's strategic planning process updates below:

The WGs have been hard at work all week finalizing their draft objectives and strategies and have presented their finalized drafts to SPAC. These drafts have incorporated feedback received from the Town Hall meeting last week, as well as other meetings and website/e-mail comments. SPAC will spend the next couple of weeks reviewing/revising them and creating a final draft Plan, which will be presented to President Morales by June 1st.

We sincerely appreciate your support and engagement throughout this process. Please continue to connect with us using Facebook and Twitter

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on on our website

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

May 8, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Please see below this week's strategic planning process updates:

On Wednesday, the Strategic Planning Consultant, President Emerita Jolene Koester, visited CSUSB for her fourth official strategic planning event. Dr. Koester met with the individual Working Groups, along with the SPAC Co-chairs, to discuss their respective proposed draft strategies. She also met with President Morales, Vice President Douglas Freer and the SPAC Co-chairs about the strategic planning process. At the end of the day, Dr. Koester met with SPAC members to prepare for the Town Hall meeting, the Working Groups' progress, and next steps (e.g., finalizing strategies and discuss the implementation plan).

Additionally, we hosted another Community Member breakfast yesterday to present our proposed draft strategies and gather their feedback. This meeting was broadcast to the PDC and 34 members were in attendance at both campuses. The Community Engagement and Partnerships (Goal #4) WG Co-chairs also attended the meeting to hear community member’s reactions to our proposed strategies. Community members were very pleased to see their feedback incorporated into the draft strategic plan and complimented President Morales and the strategic planning process.

The Town Hall meeting took place yesterday afternoon in the Events Center, which was also broadcast live to the PDC. There were 67 participants in attendance, in addition to 23 unique IP address viewers. Meaningful feedback was received, that SPAC and the Working Groups will analyze and consider as they finalize their strategies. Please see attached presentation made by SPAC and Working Groups yesterday at the Town Hall meeting.

SPAC would like to sincerely thank ATI, CMS, Pfau Library, SMSU, Events Scheduling, PDC, Catering, and everyone else who made our Town Hall yesterday a success. They would also like to express their gratitude to the attendees for taking the time out of their busy schedules to provide useful feedback. Remember that this draft Plan is developed with your input in mind, so we appreciate your continuous engagement in the process.

Working Groups met today to discuss the feedback from the Town Hall and to discuss any final changes before their last meeting next Friday, May 15th when they hand off their draft plans to SPAC. Again, when SPAC receives the Working Groups' draft objectives and strategies, they will spend the last couple of weeks in May reviewing them and creating a final draft Plan, which will be presented to President Morales by June 1st.

Please continue to connect with us using Facebook and Twitter.

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on posted on our website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

May 1, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Please see this week's strategic planning process updates below:

The WGs convened today and have been hard at work all week finalizing their draft objectives and strategies before they present their work at the final strategic planning Town Hall Meeting next week. The WGs and SPAC will be meeting with our consultant, President Emerita Jolene Koester on Tuesday and Wednesday next week to discuss their progress. The WGs are looking forward to sharing their draft objectives and strategies and getting feedback next week!

The Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Thursday, May 7th from 1 pm - 3:30 pm. You can attend in person at the SMSU Events Center or the live broadcast at the Oliphant Auditorium at the PDC, or via live web stream that can be accessed through the campus homepage. Light refreshments will be available at both locations. Please remember to RSVP Karina Alvarado at alvarado@csusb.edu no later than Tuesday if you are planning on attending the Town Hall meeting.

Following the Town Hall meeting next week, WGs will finalize their draft objectives and strategies and present them to SPAC on May 15th. When SPAC receives the WGs draft objectives and strategies, they will spend the last couple of weeks in May reviewing them and creating a final draft Plan, which will be presented to President Morales by June 1st.

Please continue to connect with us using Facebook and Twitter.

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on posted on our website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

April 24, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Please see this week's strategic planning process updates below:

SPAC met on Thursday to discuss the feedback received from last week's Campus Open Forum and to review the draft objectives and strategies. Comments and questions from last weeks forum are posted on our website. It is not too late to submit your own comments - please use our survey.

The pressure is on as the WGs have less than two weeks left until they present their finalized draft objectives and strategies at the Town Hall Meeting on May 7th. SPAC tasked the WGs today to fine tune all their work thus far by revising their objectives, matching their strategies to their respective objectives and by providing baselines with anticipated target dates (where possible). The WGs made great progress and we remain on schedule to present a final draft to President Morales on June 1st.

Remember to save the date: Town Hall meeting: Thursday, May 7 from 1 - 3:30 in SMSU Events Center and broadcasted to IW-120 at the PDC

As usual, the meeting can be viewed via web stream for those individuals not able to participate in person.

Please continue to connect with us using Facebook and Twitter

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on posted on our website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

April 17, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Please see this week's strategic planning process updates below:

The Strategic ;Planning Campus Open Forum was held on Wednesday this week with 51 colleagues attending at the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses and accessing the live web stream. Attached is the presentation the Working Groups made during the Open Forum. In addition, the WGs convened today to continue working on their drafts of strategies associated with objectives tied to their respective goals. The Working Groups are making significant progress on the strategic plan. They are working diligently on drafting and revising their Strategies in response to the comments and feedback received at this week's open forum. They are well on their way to ensure a final draft is submitted to SPAC by May 15th. Again, when SPAC receives the Working Groups' draft objectives and strategies, they will spend the last couple of weeks in May reviewing them and creating a final draft Plan, which will be presented to President Morales by June 1st.

If you haven't already, please remember to save the date:

Town Hall meeting: Thursday, May 7 from 1 - 3:30 in SMSU Events Center and broadcast to IW-120 at the PDC

As usual, both events can be viewed via web stream for those individuals not able to participate in person.

Please continue to connect with us using Facebook and Twitter.

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on posted on our website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members.

Thank you all for your continuous support!

Sincerely,

Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

April 10, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Welcome back! We hope you had a restful Spring break. Coinciding with the beginning of a new quarter, the Strategic Planning process has started up once again with vigor. Listed below are this week's updates:

On Tuesday, the Communications Committee met to discuss a roll-out plan to disseminate the finalized Strategic Plan to the campus community. We will be utilizing multiple mechanisms, including web, social media, videos and hard copies.

SPAC met on Thursday to discuss the Working Groups' progress to date and upcoming meetings. We remain on schedule to have a final draft presented to President Morales by June 1st.

Lastly, the Working Groups met today and made good progress on their draft Strategies. They will present their revised objectives and draft strategies at the Campus Forum next week. Working Groups will continue to meet every Friday ;through May 15th, at which time they present their final versions to SPAC for their review.

Remember – we are in the home stretch of the draft Plan, so please continue to stay engaged in this process.

Upcoming meetings include:

  • Campus Forum: Wednesday, April 15 from 3 - 4 pm in Obershaw of the Upper Commons and broadcasted to PDC in RG-303
  • Town Hall meeting: Thursday, May 7 from 1 - 3:30 in SMSU Events Center and broadcasted to IW-120 at the PDC

As usual, both events can be viewed via web stream for those individuals not able to participate in person. Light refreshments will be available at both locations.

Please continue to connect with us using Facebook and Twitter

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on the Strategic Planning website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members.

As always, thank you for your support and for taking time out of your day to read our updates.

Sincerely,

Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

April 3, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Please see this week's strategic planning process updates below:

Due to Spring break the Working Groups did not meet this Friday, but they have been very active in drafting their respective Strategies. Our regular weekly Friday meetings will start up again next week. Working groups will present their final drafts to SPAC by May 15th. SPAC will then work on finalizing the draft for presenting to President Morales by June 1st. Please continue to share with us your thoughts throughout the process.

Remember to keep the following dates on your calendars:

  • Campus Forum: Wednesday, April 15 from3 - 4 pm in the Obershaw Dining Room, Upper Commons and broadcasted to PDC in RG-303
  • Town Hall meeting: Thursday, May 7 from 1 - 3:30 in SMSU Events Center and broadcasted to IW-120 at the PDC

As usual, both events can be viewed via web stream for those individuals not able to participate in person. The link can be accessed on the campus homepage the day of the event.

Please continue to connect with us using Facebook and Twitter

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on the Strategic Planning website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Sincerely,

Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

March 27, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Please see this week's strategic planning process updates below:

SPAC met yesterday to discuss the Working Group's progress as they revise their Objectives in response to the comments received, and continue drafting their respective Strategies. Due to finals week, the Working Groups did not formally meet today, but they are working behind the scenes to ensure a final draft is submitted to SPAC by May 15th. When SPAC receives the Working Groups' draft objectives and strategies, SPAC will spend the last couple of weeks in May reviewing them and creating a final draft Plan, which will be presented to President Morales by June 1st.

Please continue providing feedback and suggestions to SPAC members and Working Group members as they finalize their drafts.

If you haven't already, please save the following dates on your calendars:

  • Campus Forum: Wednesday, April 15 from 3 - 4 pm in the Obershaw Dining Room, Upper Commons and broadcasted to PDC in RG-303
  • Town Hall meeting: Thursday, May 7 from 1 - 3:30 in SMSU Events Center and broadcasted to IW-120 at the PDC

As usual, both events can be viewed via web stream for those individuals not able to participate in person.

Please continue to connect with us using Facebook and Twitter.

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on the Strategic Planning website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members.

Sincerely,

Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

March 20, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Please see below our strategic planning process updates for the week of March 16th:

Comments from last week's Town Hall and Community Member meetings are posted on our website. It is not too late to submit your own comments - please use our survey.

The Working Groups met today and made good progress; they have considered the feedback received from last week, have begun revising their Objectives, and have started drafting their Strategies. This is a busy time for them as they will be meeting weekly through May 15th to ensure we have meaningful and reasonable Objectives and Strategies that can be presented to SPAC, and ultimately to President Morales, in a final draft Plan.

If you haven't already, please save the following dates on your calendars:

  • Campus Forum: Wednesday, April 15  from 3 - 4 pm in the Obershaw Dining Room, Upper Commons
  • Town Hall meeting: Thursday, May 7 from 1 - 3:30 in SMSU Events Center

As usual, both events will be broadcast live to the PDC, and can be viewed via web stream for those individuals not able to participate in person.

Please continue to connect with us using Facebook and Twitter

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on the Strategic Planning website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members.

Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

March 13, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

This week was very busy for SPAC and the Working Groups.  Listed below are this week's strategic planning process updates:

On Monday, the Strategic Planning Consultant, President Emerita Jolene Koester, visited CSUSB for her third official strategic planning event. Dr. Koester met with the individual Working Groups, along with the SPAC Co-chairs, to discuss their respective draft Objectives. Additionally, Dr. Koester met with President Morales and the SPAC Co-chairs about the strategic planning process. Later that day, Dr. Koester met with SPAC members to prepare for the Town Hall meeting, the Working Groups' progress, and next steps (e.g., developing strategies for an implementation plan).

A Strategic Planning Community Member breakfast was held on Tuesday to present our draft Objectives and gather their feedback. This meeting was broadcast to the PDC and 11 community members were in attendance at both campuses. The Community Engagement and Partnerships (Goal #4) WG Co-chairs also attended the meeting to hear community member’s reactions to our proposed objectives. 

Later that morning was the Town Hall meeting in the Events Center, which was also broadcasted live to PDC. Over 70 participants were in attendance, in addition to 43 unique IP address viewers. Helpful and constructive feedback was received that SPAC and the Working Groups will analyze and consider as they progress with the next iteration of  Objectives and continue on to draft their Strategies. If you missed the meeting, the recording can be viewed here, and the draft Plan and Presentation is located on our Strategic Planning website. Comments can be submitted anytime via our survey.

SPAC extends their sincere appreciation to TRC, ATI, CMS, SMSU, Events Scheduling, PDC, Catering, and everyone else who made our Town Hall a success. We appreciate your efforts! We also thank the attendees for taking the time out of their busy mornings to provide us useful feedback - remember this draft Plan is developed with your input in mind, so please continue stay engaged in this process.

SPAC met on Thursday (12 March) to discuss the Town Hall, progress of the Working Groups, Strategies, and to develop a schedule for spring quarter. SPAC will continue to meet every other week, with additional meetings scheduled as we bring closure to the strategic planning process.  Similarly, the Working Groups will continue to meet on Fridays until May 15th, at which time they will present their final draft Objectives and Strategies to SPAC for their review.

Please save the following dates:

  • Campus Forum: Wednesday, April 15  from 3 - 4 pm in the Obershaw Dining Room, Upper Commons
  • Town Hall meeting: Thursday, May 7 from 1 - 3:30 in SMSU Events Center

As usual, both events will be broadcast live to PDC, and can be viewed via web stream for those individuals not able to participate in person.

Please continue to connect with us using Facebook and Twitter.

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on the Strategic Planning website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members. 

As always, thank you for your support.

Sincerely,

Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

March 6, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Please see this week's strategic planning process updates below:

Our Working Groups (WG) have been very busy finalizing their draft objectives for presentation to our constituents at next week's Town Hall meeting. On Wednesday our Faculty and Staff Success WG Co-chair talked with our consultant, President Emerita Jolene Koester, and a SPAC Co-chair to discuss progress to date and next steps. The other WGs will be meeting with Dr. Koester on Monday. Also, the WGs convened today to continue working on their drafts and have made great progress. The working groups are looking forward to sharing their drafts with the campus community at the Town Hall meeting next week and getting feedback!

The Town Hall meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th from 9 am - 11:30 am. You can attend in person at the SMSU Events Center or the live broadcast to Oliphant Auditorium at PDC, or via live web stream that can be accessed through the campus homepage. Light refreshments will be available at both locations. Please remember to RSVP to jlappin@csusb.edu no later than Monday.

Please connect with us using Facebook and Twitter.

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on the strategic planning website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members. Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)

February 27, 2015

Dear Campus Community,

Please see this week's strategic planning process updates below:

The Strategic Planning Campus Forum was held on Wednesday this week. It was well attended with well over 70 colleagues attending at the San Bernardino and Palm Desert campuses and accessing the live web stream. SPAC and the Working Groups received meaningful feedback that will be considered as we continue through our process. If you missed the Forum, you can find our draft objectives and a video of the Forum here. You can also provide feedback by using our ongoing survey or by contacting any SPAC member.

SPAC met on Thursday to discuss Campus Forum feedback, Working Groups' progress to date and suggested revisions to our draft Plan. SPAC has made the following edits:

  • Draft Vision Statement:CSUSB aspires to be a model for transforming lives.
  • Draft Mission Statement:CSUSB ensures student learning and success, conducts research, scholarly and creative activities, and is actively engaged in the vitality of our region. We cultivate the professional, ethical, and intellectual development of our students, faculty and staff so they thrive and contribute to a globally connected society.

Although we did not revise our draft Core Values, we made edits to the Core Value definitions:

  • INCLUSIVITY and DIVERSITYWe value differences among students, faculty and staff. Diversity and inclusivity that is broad and deep makes us a healthier and more productive university and builds a culture that fosters engagement and diverse perspectives.
  • INNOVATIONWe support and believe in an innovative culture and attitude that fosters the creative and deliberate application of teaching, research, scholarship and service for effective education.
  • INTEGRITYWe affirm and are committed to the truth. We demonstrate our integrity by being ethical, matching what we say with what we do, and by ultimately taking responsibility for our actions.
  • RESPECTWe believe in and are committed to the virtue of respect and treat everyone with courtesy and kindness.
  • SOCIAL JUSTICE and EQUITYWe believe in, affirm, and are committed to the equal value and dignity of all people.  Fairness and equity are more than equality.  We actively seek to eliminate barriers for those who are disadvantaged and disempowered so they may participate fully in university life.
  • SUSTAINABILITYWe affirm and are committed to the sustainability of our university by forward thinking, learning from both successes and mistakes, being proactive in moving our university forward, and by providing opportunities for continued growth and development.
  • TRANSPARENCYWe affirm and are committed to the importance of transparency both internally and externally.  We believe in honesty and openness in our decisions and processes, subject to legal and ethical confidentialities. Understanding we are a public institution, we are also upfront and open to the community and residents that we serve about the decisions we make and the actions we take.
  • WELLNESS and SAFETYWe affirm and are committed to protecting and enhancing the health, wellness and safety of ourselves, our colleagues, our students and our stakeholders.   We believe a healthy university is one in which there is collegial collaboration and uses continuous improvement processes that ensures a safe and healthy workplace for all.

Today marked the fourth meeting of the Strategic Planning Working Groups, who continue to make good progress on their draft objectives. Our consultant, President Emerita Jolene Koester, was on hand to work individually with the Groups.

Remember to mark your calendar for our upcoming Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, March 10 from 9 - 11:30 am in SMSU Events Center, Oliphant Auditorium at the PDC, and through a live web stream accessible from the campus homepage.

Please continue to connect with us using Facebook and Twitter.

We will continue to keep you posted on the progress of the process. Updates will be posted on the strategic planning website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Terry Rizzo, Dr. Sam Sudhakar, or any of the SPAC members.

Sincerely,

Terry Rizzo and Sam Sudhakar (co-chairs)