Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning at IU South Bend

Chancellor Allison asked the Campus Directions Committee (CDC) to develop a strategic plan during the fall semester 2013 as part of a university-wide strategic plan for 2020, the bicentennial of Indiana University.

The IU South Bend plan contains:

  1. a vision statement
  2. strategic objectives to achieve that vision
  3. measurable goals.

The CDC held 10 meetings and sought input iteratively, distributing drafts of earlier sections for comments via the campus Bulletin Board. Dr. Renée Curry, a strategic planning consultant, facilitated the efforts of the CDC.

As input to the Strategic Plan, a survey was completed by 222 respondents who shared their views on three questions: three essential elements of a vision statement, three-to-five essential strategies to achieve the vision, and two-to-three measurable goals for two of the strategies. These responses were analyzed and categorized by Gail McGuire, associate professor of sociology, and distributed to the campus via the Bulletin Board.

Vision Statement

To develop the Vision statement, members of the CDC reviewed the categorized responses to the first question on the survey: “Imagine IU South Bend in 2021. What are three essential elements of your vision for the campus?” A total of 576 responses were received and grouped into 24 categories. CDC members identified six elements from the survey responses that each considered “inspirational”. Through large and small group discussions,a draft vision statement was developed that included the elements considered most inspirational by the CDC. This draft was circulated to the campus for comment and suggested revisions were incorporated into the Vision statement below.

By 2020, Indiana University South Bend will be recognized as a premier regional, comprehensive master’s institution that is committed to exceptional teaching and scholarship, strong curricula and programs, and that values inquiry, creativity, and innovation at all levels. We will be a diverse, caring, and student-centered campus with a culture that inspires community engagement, good citizenship, and effective leadership.

Progress and Performance includes information about annual progress on IU South Bend's University-level strategic plan and performance data.

IU South Bend has progressed through several strategic planning cycles. The university has revised the set of strategic performance indicators to reflect the goals of the new strategic plan. While some indicators remain consistent from cycle to cycle, some indicators are removed and other new indicators are defined.