The broad role of the Strategic Planning Assessment and Advocacy Committee (SPAAC) is to provide guidance, support and assistance to the University community in advancing the strategic plan's objectives. SPAAC also consults with University divisions, units, and other stakeholders to identify any additional objectives and outcome measures to be pursued in the upcoming year. In addition, SPAAC, working with the reporting coordinator provided by the Office of the President, ensures that qualitative and quantitative measures are in place for SPAAC's mid-year and annual reports, which are shared with the President's Cabinet, Theme Teams, and University community. SPAAC can thus more accurately track and assess the progress being made toward achieving Phase 1 (Years 1-3) and Phase 2 (Years 4-6) Building on Excellence objectives and outcome measures.
The reporting phase and data are managed through the University's comprehensive assessment system TracDat. Based on the data submitted, SPAAC presents to the President's Cabinet the progress made, issues needing to be addressed, and recommendations for the following year.
The President's Chief of Staff and Executive Deputy, Dr. John Villella, acts as a liaison between Cabinet and SPAAC's committee co-chairpersons to facilitate this process of communication, as well as providing a central point of communication regarding the strategic plan to the campus community. The President's Cabinet, under the leadership of respective vice presidents, moves SPAAC's recommendations forward via Theme Teams. Theme Teams are divided into five areas of responsibility corresponding to the five themes: Academics, Diversity, Sustainability, Engagement, and Enrichment.
Each Theme Team is co-chaired by a vice president and one additional person appointed by the president. The Theme Team leadership seeks campus feedback and suggestions for revised objectives, any additional action steps required to achieve those objectives, and relevant resources required for implementation. Theme Teams updates are reviewed and approved by Cabinet. The updated yearly objectives are then provided in the fall semester to the University budget review committee for an implementation budget and resources as appropriate for the next fiscal year.
For more information, please view the visual presentation of the strategic planning process .