What is Strategic Planning?
Strategic planning at Fort Valley State University is a means of establishing core values, major directions, goals and strategies for the university, college/school or department and supports our aspiration of being one of the nation’s leading land-grant universities, a leader in research and discovery, teaching, and engagement.
The mission of Fort Valley State is to advance the cause of education with emphasis upon fulfilling commitments that our community members have undertaken collectively. As an institution of the University System of Georgia, Fort Valley State University naturally embraces the principles articulated by the Core Mission Statement for State Universities as approved by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. The university’s primary commitments include, among others, enhancement of teacher training programs grounded upon a liberal arts foundation, as reflective of over 110 years of experience and tradition. Additionally, the university recognizes with great pride and desires to further its responsibilities as Georgia’s only 1890 Land Grant institution by offering programming excellence in agriculture, agribusiness, family and consumer sciences, extension, and military science, as well as to further its traditions of excellence in programs in the liberal arts and humanities, social sciences, and natural and physical sciences.
Through strategic planning, resources are identified and concentrated in order to maximize benefits to stakeholders, specifically those we exist to serve and who are affected by the choices we make. In higher education, those stakeholders include students, faculty, staff, alums, employers of graduates, funding agencies, and various other segments of society. Strategic planning is a structured approach to anticipating the future and creating a plan so we as an institution are prepared when it arrives.
The strategic plan will chart the anticipated course for the entire institution for the next several. It is a process for ensuring that our institutional funding follow the plan rather than vice versa. Strategic planning is not just a plan for growth and expansion, but also accommodated reallocations and necessary shifts, as needed.
Fort Valley State University is currently undergoing a new Strategic Planning Process.