By Jesse Rosales
The Strategic Planning Steering Committee presented the university’s updated plans for student success as well as new and concise mission and vision statements.
With the help of IBM’s computing system, Watson, the committee processed 69 pages of data that was further analyzed to see what areas and issues the new plan hopes to tackle.
Jon McGuthry, the chief information officer, worked on formatting the data to be processed by Watson.
“It was exciting and a lot of work,” said McGuthry on working with IBM’s supercomputer. “I think our ability to use analytics and predictive analytics is going to drive a lot of the things that we’re going to do here at the university.”
McGuthry believes that it might one day be possible to monitor students’ work habits in order to provide help based on their needs.
The main problem with this innovation is how to acquire the data in a way that isn’t intrusive or offensive.
Sep Eskandari, the interim assistant vice president for Academic Planning and Faculty Affairs, gave his thoughts on the meeting.
“I think right now this is the phase that we gave an initial draft of the plan to the campus community. I’m hoping after this today we’ll get a lot more feedback from everybody so we can go back and define the strategic priorities and then come back to the campus in May with a finalized plan. And then in May we need to also have a plan on how to move forward. So, the next phase needs to have a little more detail on what the goal is and how were going to measure success,” said Eskandari.
The committee will continue to monitor metrics once the plan to monitor success is put into effect.
Associated Students, Inc. President Uriah Sanders was also involved in the planning process.
“Some of the things that were really important to me to have incorporated into the master planwas just making sure that we remember that yes, we have our academic success. Yes, we have the organizational integrity of the institution, but we also need to keep in mind making sure that this campus remains affordable for students and accessible for students,” Sanders said.
Sanders went on to cite services like the DREAM Center that provide a safe space and support for undocumented students.
“Services like that were really important in incorporating into the plan to make sure that we’re constantly thinking about, like how can we make this campus more accessible. How can we make this campus a more comfortable place for students,” Sanders said.
The Strategic Planning website is still taking comments and questions and the presenters encourage further discussion with the campus community to ensure that important issues are brought to light.
The full meeting is also available on the website as well as the PowerPoint presentation.
Zoran Liu-Moy/ The Poly Post
The Strategic Planning Committee has updated the university’s mission and vision statements to reflect the needs of a growing student body
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