Vision 20/20 Faculty Input Forums draws diverse, committed participants

“Criticism comes easier than craftsmanship.”

This anonymous quote captures the guiding theme of the two Vision 20/20 Faculty Input Forums that took place today.

Approximately 60 faculty were charged with identifying issues that they thought would be important to communicate to the strategic planning team.

What I saw were faculty committed USFSP and its students. I observed a diverse but united group excited to help craft the vision for the institution and identify important next steps to help us be a distinctive educational institution that we can be proud of, one that produces successful students and that in some way makes meaningful contributions to our surrounding community.

V. Mark Durand, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Vision Team member

A conversation about how USFSP can help solve local problems drew a large crowd at the Community Input Forum.

First Vision 20/20 Input Forums prompt lively, engaged conversations

The first round of student and community Input Forums for the Vision 20/20 strategic planning process took place Monday at the University Student Center ballroom. The forums — one for students in the morning and a second for community members in the evening — featured lively discussions of important issues for the future of USFSP. Some common themes of both forums included an interest in creating more internship opportunities to benefit students and local businesses and increasing community engagement to solve pressing local problems. Environmental Science Senior Lauren Reilly wrote in a Vision 20/20 blog post that the forum was inspiring. “Many different topics were discussed, such as undergraduate research support, paid internships and the commuter-student community,’’ she wrote. “After lunch, the second round of conversations began. I joined one that was full of laughter as we brainstormed about ways to improve our outdoor culture and bring the beach vibe to campus.” Vision Team member Goliath Davis said he was pleased with the results of the Community Input Forum. “I was impressed with the level of interest and engagement by everyone,’’ he said. “I was particularly impressed that so many people took time out of their busy lives to show up on a Monday night. And I was extremely happy to see the interest and commitment from the community for USFSP.” Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska welcomed participants at both forums, saying the forums are the “heart and soul’’ of the process and encouraging everyone to focus on the big picture. “This is a chance to pause, take a deep breath and think big: What are the big ideas shaping our future that we should address today?” she said. “As Carl Sandburg once said: ‘Nothing happens unless first a dream.’” The input forums continue today, with a faculty forum in the morning and the afternoon, and the second Student Input Forum at 4:30 p.m. The final input forum will be Wednesday at 9 a.m. for USFSP staff. Members of the Vision Team will participate in a series of Learning Journeys beginning next week. The next Vision Team meetings will be Feb. 28 and March 1. For updates on Twitter and Facebook, follow the hashtag #usfspvision2020. Go to the Vision 20/20 website for detailed information about the process.

Students discuss their visions for the future of USF St. Petersburg during Monday's Input Forum.

Students discuss their visions for the future of USF St. Petersburg during Monday’s Input Forum.

Students discuss their visions for the future of USF St. Petersburg during Monday's Input Forum.

An inspiring opportunity for students to make their voices heard

This afternoon, a diverse group of students gathered in the University Student Center ballroom to discuss many issues both serious and downright fun. Tables with flip charts were set up for students to gather and have conversations about what means most to them about USFSP and what their visions are as the university grows. Students chose the topics, led the conversations and put in their ideas.

The feedback will be gathered up and given to the Vision 20/20 team as the Strategic Plan takes shape. Having voices of students, the stakeholders of the university, is vital to ensuring a shared vision we all support.

Many different topics were discussed, such as undergraduate research support, paid internships and the commuter-student community. The first conversation I was part of was a complex and multifaceted one about an energy-monitoring system. It was an awesome experience to have a discussion about making it really happen.

After lunch, the second round of conversations began. I joined one that was full of laughter as we brainstormed about ways to improve our outdoor culture and bring the beach vibe to campus.

At the end of the forum, each group had a chance to give feedback about the input from their conversations. It is inspiring to hear how passionate my peers are about the growth and vision of our university.

I encourage all students who have that shared passion for this campus to join us tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. a the USC ballroom for our second Student Input Forum.

Lauren Reilly, ’14
Environmental Science

Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska discusses the Vision 20/20 Vision strategic planning process during the first Student Input Forum.

Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska discusses the Vision 20/20 Vision strategic planning process during the first Student Input Forum.

 

 

Vision 20/20 Input Forums to focus on critical issues facing USFSP

A series of six Input Forums are scheduled at the University Student Center ballroom Jan. 13-15 as part of the ongoing Vision 20/20 strategic planning process.

With support from Insyte Partners, a respected leadership consulting firm, the 70-member Vision Team of students, faculty, staff and community members will convene conversations about the critical questions for the future of USFSP.

The forums are designed to broaden the conversation and weigh the big ideas shaping USFSP’s future that should be addressed today. The comments and suggestions made during the forums are critical to the success of this initiative and will help shape the final product.

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the topics that are most important to them. If you would like to participate in one of these sessions, RSVP to Amy Harcar at harcar@usfsp.edu or (727) 873-4986.

For Twitter and Facebook updates, follow the hashtag #USFSPVision2020.

Community Input Forum

Monday, January 13: 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Student Input Forums

Monday, January 13: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Tuesday, January 14: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Staff Input Forum

Wednesday, January 15: 9 a.m. to Noon

Faculty Input Forums

Tuesday, January 14: 9 a.m. to Noon

Tuesday, January 14: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

USF St. Petersburg strategic planning process involves the community

USF St. Petersburg’s strategic planning process moved into a new phase Thursday during the quarterly luncheon meeting of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.

Regional Chancellor Dr. Sophia Wisniewska was the featured speaker for the luncheon and took the opportunity to ask the 130 community members gathered there two important strategic planning questions: “What would it take for USFSP to be the partner of choice for local businesses? What would give USFSP a distinctive identity in the eyes of the community?”

The participants, divided roughly into groups of 10, offered a variety of responses that will be used to inform the strategic planning process, “Vision 20/20: Engaging Students and the Community to Transform the World.

Similar listening forums are planned at the USC Jan. 13-15 for faculty, students, staff and the community in the new year to broaden the strategic planning discussion. See the roadmap for strategic planning for more details on upcoming events and to learn more about the process.