Strategic Planning

Metropolitan State University is in the process of building a strategic plan that will guide our university towards it vision over the next five years. The goal of the strategic planning work is to build on the work done by our campus community in 2014 using appreciative inquiry to develop eight strategic priorities (student success, diversity and inclusion, growth, financial sustainability, community impact, organizational culture, innovation, and continuous improvement).

Once in place, we expect this plan will:

  • provide direction for programmatic and budgetary decisions
  • establish credibility of those decisions
  • guide the alignment of the goals of the various parts of the organization
  • help Metropolitan State attain its vision of what it hopes to be

Our strategic plan, targeted to be in place by May 2019, will be comprised of four to six strategic commitments. An impactful and measurable goal will be identified for each commitment. Targeted activities and projects to help move the dial toward meeting each of those strategic goals will also be identified.

Student and employee feedback forums are being held during the week of April 8th.  Forum details are in the event calendar.


Metropolitan State University’s strategic planning process is being facilitated by Howard Cohen from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Penson Center for Professional Development. Howard Cohen.

Strategic Planning Timeline

  • October and November 2018 - Review mission, vision, values; SWOT assessment; Town Hall meetings
  • December 2018 – Strategic Commitments drafted by Task Force
  • January through March 2019 – Goals, activities and metrics drafted by strategic commitment subgroups
  • April 2019 - University feedback on draft plan
  • May 2019 - Hand-off finalized plan and recommend monitoring mechanisms

Documents and Planning Resources

Faculty and staff may access agendas, meeting notes and working drafts of plan documents on S:/Strategic Planning

Metropolitan State University Mission, Vision Values

Task Force and Subgroup Meetings

March 28, 2019 - Task Force and Sub-group members

  • Share and discuss revised goals and activities for the six strategic commitments
  • Review communication plan for university feedback collection

February 26, 2019 - Task Force and Sub-group members

  • Share and discuss first draft of goals and activities for the six strategic commitments
  • Subgroups charged with revising based on feedback received

January 18, 2019 - Task Force and Sub-group members

  • Overview of the Strategic Planning process thus far
  • Overview of the sub-group's charge for January and February:
  • Break-out time for sub-groups to begin their work

December 18, 2018 - Task Force

  • Finalize draft of strategic commitments
  • Discuss next steps for forming Goals sub-groups

December 11, 2018 - Task Force

  • Five models of higher education
  • Review draft strategic commitments from Town Hall feedback

November 8, 2018 - Task Force

  • Finance Presentation by Tracy Hatch
  • Enrollment Presentation by Sarah Koepke
  • Group debrief from the town hall meetings
  • Discussion to develop working draft of strategic commitments to guide the planning process

October 11, 2018 - Task Force

  • Small group discussion and report out: Areas of greatest strength and promise, opportunities to enhance quality and carve out a place for ourselves
  • Metropolitan State University Mission and Vision presented
  • Small group discussion and report out of strategic commitments

October 2, 2018 - Task Force Kick-off meeting

  • Introductions
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Strategic Planning Basics – Howard Cohen
  • Planning Context Overview – President Arthur
  • Customizing the Process at Metropolitan State: Building on Appreciative Inquiry Themes
  • Gathering Information
  • Campus Involvement
  • Timeline and Responsibilities
  • Communication and Planning for Town Hall Meeting

Strategic Planning Task Force Membership


  • Amy Gort, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs; Co-chair
  • August Hoffman, Inter Faculty Organization President; Co-chair

Task Force Members

  • Craig Hansen, Dean, College of Liberal Arts
  • Jennifer Dosch, Professor, College of Management
  • Kerry Johnson, Assistant Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Raj Sethuraju, Associate Professor, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs
  • Mary Williams, Community Faculty, College of Sciences
  • Colette Faidley, Admissions; AFSCME
  • Kathryn Gilbert, College of Community Studies and Public Affairs; MAPE
  • Lisa Kell, Financial Management; MMA
  • Will Ruckel, Admissions; MSUAASF
  • Wilson Garland, Executive Director, IT Center of Excellence
  • Wendy Helm, Senior Project and Service Manager, Information & Technology Services
  • Leonel Mejia, Vice President, Student Senate