Strategic Planning
Georgia Southern University


What is a Strategic Plan?

A Strategic Plan is a vital document that helps to define the goals, priorities and values of a particular institution. At the same time, a Strategic Plan offers concrete ways to achieve those goals, uniting key stakeholders as they work together to achieve common outcomes.

Georgia Southern’s Strategic Plan will offer a five-year vision for the future and will focus on specific actions as well as measurable outcomes in key areas. Higher education is constantly changing, so Georgia Southern must respond to today’s challenges and opportunities with a clear set of goals, strategies and actions for tomorrow that have been developed and embraced by our community. The ideas articulated in Georgia Southern’s Strategic Plan will help to move the University forward in exciting new directions.

The strategic planning process offers the opportunity to think creatively about Georgia Southern’s future, creating a vibrant road map for success. In an effort to make this process as inclusive as possible, Georgia Southern is hosting a series of Town Halls on all three campuses, gathering ideas and feedback from as many members of the University community as possible. In addition, the University’s mission and vision statements are being strategically updated.

Building on an impressive legacy of academic excellence, Georgia Southern’s new Strategic Plan will offer a collective vision for the future, helping take the University to new heights and new levels of success.


What are the goals for Georgia Southern’s Strategic Plan?

The primary goal areas for Georgia Southern’s Strategic Plan are:

  • Student Success
  • Teaching and Research
  • Community Engagement
  • Financial and Human Capital
  • Institutional Unity with a focus on Diversity, Inclusion and Embracing our Distinct Campus Cultures

The ultimate overall goal is to create a five-year plan with actionable focus areas that define a new collective vision for Georgia Southern’s future.


Who will determine the content of Georgia Southern’s Strategic Plan?

The entire Georgia Southern community. Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, students, faculty, staff and other key stakeholders are joining forces to brainstorm and share ideas.

Conversations with members of the Georgia Southern community are being facilitated by members of the University Strategic Planning Committee, which is comprised of a group of faculty, staff and students who have volunteered to lead the process. Strategic Planning Town Halls, which are open to all members of the Georgia Southern community and to the general public, are being held on all three campuses. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend or to submit feedback online.


How can I get involved?

Attend a Strategic Planning Town Hall on any of Georgia Southern’s campuses or submit your feedback online. The process is designed to be inclusive and collaborative. Your voice matters!

Please contact the Strategic Planning Co-Chairs Julie Gerbsch or Helen Bland — or Committee Members — to volunteer for a subcommittee.


When will Georgia Southern’s new Strategic Plan be unveiled?

Georgia Southern’s new Strategic Plan will be shared with the entire Georgia Southern community in the summer of 2019.


How will the success of Georgia Southern’s Strategic Plan be measured?

Each of the focus areas of Georgia Southern’s Strategic Plan will be evaluated over the next five years, using quantifiable data. The Strategic Plan will be a dynamic, living document that will deepen the University’s shared commitment to student success, teaching/research excellence, diversity, community involvement, unity and financial strength. Accountability will be a priority over the next five years, as the Strategic Plan’s impact and effectiveness is measured over time.

Last updated: 3/25/2019

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