Still time to participate in community dialogue sessions for strategic planning process

Students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community can help shape Wright State University’s future by participating in the next community dialogue sessions for the strategic planning process.

Dialogue sessions are scheduled for:

Participants are asked to register online.

Attendees will reflect on their time at Wright State — as students, employees, alumni or partners — and explore ideas of pride, transformation and potential at the university.

Stories shared by participants will help the university revise its vision, mission and values statements as part of the ongoing strategic planning process, The Wright Path to 2025: Pride, Transformation, Potential. Those statements will reflect a compelling perspective about the core identity of Wright State and its future.

Attendees will reflect on their time at Wright State — as students, employees, alumni or partners — and explore ideas of pride, transformation and potential at the university. (Video by Kris Sproles / Photos by Erin Pence)

The strategic planning process also includes the creation of a new plan aligned with university resources and metrics that can measure the outcomes of those strategies. The plan will guide decisions at the university on a day-to-day basis.

The strategic planning process will include numerous community dialogues, public forums, focus groups and surveys during the spring, summer and fall semesters at the Dayton and Lake Campuses.

The planning process is intended to start an ongoing dialogue among the campus community that encourages a continuous reflection and revision of the community’s hopes and priorities. The conversations provide opportunities for community members to engage with others across the university in meaningful ways.

The new strategic plan will guide Wright State by creating a vision and focus that directly aligns resources with the community’s values, strengths, and the strategy built around them. The planning process will be continuous and will put Wright State in a position to thrive in higher education’s changing environment, help the university achieve financial sustainability, and foster a campus atmosphere that provides graduates with opportunities to excel in fields that define the future.

After participating in a community dialogue on Feb. 12, Alina Syed, a senior human resource management major, said she is excited to see the Wright State community’s potential and transformation and pride grow.

The Strategic Planning Steering Committee is guiding the university’s efforts to include a wide range of perspectives from the Wright State family and the broader community. The committee includes 33 Wright State employees, students and alumni and community leaders. It is co-chaired by President Cheryl B. Schrader, David Bright, chair of the Department of Management and International Business, and Michael Wiehe, director of the Applied Policy Research Institute.

In April, the committee will host a public event to unveil the updated vision, mission and values statement and a draft strategy statement.

From May through September, the committee will use what it learns from its outreach efforts in the spring semester to further develop strategy statements, priorities and goals, as well as metrics to measure the effectiveness of the strategies.

The goal is to deliver a strategic plan to the Board of Trustees by October 2018 for its approval.

You can stay up to date with the planning process at

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