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Strategic Plan crucial for future UW-River Falls generations

September 23, 2011

There are many benefits to providing input for a university. Too many students out there seem to be uninformed of the changes taking place here on campus.

UW-River Falls will be developing a new Strategic Plan over the course of the 2011-2012 academic year, with plans to adopt the new plan at the end of the spring 2012 semester.

According to the strategic planning roadmap, which can be found on the UWRF website, strategic planning determines where an organization is going over the next year or more, how it’s going to get there, and how it’ll know if it got there or not. The strategic planning roadmap also details all the steps that are to be taken over the course of the next year to develop the plan, which will be utilized from 2012-2017.

The UWRF strategic planning members are currently accepting feedback regarding the direction and efforts of the plan online.

It is the Student Senate’s responsibility to ensure student engagement in the strategic planning prosses, as well as to review the strategic plan and provide feedback and reccomendations to the chancellor.

In October, the strategic planners will present the results of all of the information gathering exercises.

Where do you see the university in the future? Do you want to see updated technologies in classrooms? More study abroad programs? More majors offered?

We here at the Student Voice believe that it is important that students, faculty, and community members provide their opinions so that the strategic planning members can gain a better sense of what would most benefit the campus.

It is during these tough economic times when creativity and ideas are needed most.

Whether we want to accpet it or not, we are the future. How we create that future, is left to us. Will will take the lead, or will we sit back and wait for things to happen?

There have been many students and campus leaders who have paved the way for us to have the wonderful oportunities that we have.

Let us make sure that the next generations of Falcons are even better and more prepared to be global citizens. Let us leave this campus a little better than how we found it.