Opportunities for Input and Involvement

Below is a tentative schedule of opportunities for members of the Fitchburg State community to engage in the planning process. Others likely will be added as the process evolves. Please check the Announcements and Updates link for the most up-to-date/current information about specific opportunities to provide input and otherwise be involved.

Description Date
Opening Day kick-off with opportunity to submit thoughts about what Fitchburg State needs to flaunt and/or fix September 3
Invitation from President Lapidus to all faculty and staff to share input via anonymous online survey October 10
Survey key groups re: critical issues, opportunities, and goals October/November
Dialogue with Alumni Association November 14
Community forums on current strategic plan and current environment early December TBA
Outreach to external stakeholders (elected officials, other key city/community leaders and partners) by mid-December
Briefing/consultations with key leadership groups before winter break
Consultations with constituent groups (e.g., faculty, AUC) to get feedback on “Framework for Planning” document (vision statement, goals to underpin strategic plan) early February
All-campus open forum – facilitated brainstorming around key institutional goals and critical issues (to generate ideas/fodder for planning task forces); all constituencies invited mid February
Consultations/discussions with key campus groups, convened by task forces focused on strategic plan goals March
First draft of comprehensive strategic plan document (mission, values, vision, goals, strategies and actions in support of each goal) by mid April
Draft plan disseminated to the campus community and trustees late April
Possible all-campus meeting to seek feedback on strategies and input on priorities early May
Alumni Board update April 9
Final draft integrated plan prepared with accompanying financial analysis and vetted with President, Executive Cabinet, and then the BHE for Touchpoint II Late April/early May
Draft plan shared at Development Day for faculty May 19
Draft plan mailed to the Board with cover memo from President Lapidus late May
Board meeting June 2

You may contact the Strategic Planning Steering Committee at StrategicPlan@fitchburgstate.edu.