Reflection on USFSP’s downtown partnership meeting

It was great to have the business leaders of St. Petersburg give us their ideas and aspirations for USFSP during the quarterly meeting of the Downtown Partnership on Thursday.

It seems very appropriate that the first Vision 20/20 listening forum was with our business community; it was because of early business leaders that USFSP was created and the support of the community continues to make us stronger and move us forward.
The support for USFSP is strong and the enthusiasm for deeper partnerships is genuine. Internships are high on everyone’s list and wonderful opportunities were offered.
Thanks to everyone who came and participated.
 
Helen Levine, Ph.D.
Regional Vice Chancellor, University Advancement

Vision 20/20 Blog: Strategic planning process is a journey of discovery

The first Listening Forum was with the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.

The first Listening Forum was with the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership.

We have embarked on a journey of discovery at USF St. Petersburg and hope you will join us as we set a course for the future.

Vision 20/20: Engaging Students and the Community to Transform the World is a strategic planning process involving a diverse group of great minds spending the next few months in deep exploration about USF St. Petersburg – who we are and where we are going.

Developing a strategic plan for the coming years is Job No. 1 and I am delighted it is underway.

Through a series of public listening forums and “learning journeys,” we will discover what our stakeholders expect of us and examine what other organizations are doing that can provide insights into critical questions facing this institution.

The heart and soul of this entire process will be a series of Listening Forums to solicit input from faculty, staff, students and community members. The first of these forums was held Thursday at the University Student Center during the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership’s quarterly luncheon, where we heard some great ideas. We will soon announce details about the next forums, which are scheduled for Jan. 13-15. You can also check the Things to Do Calendar on our website for details. I invite you to participate in any or all of these public forums and to offer your thoughts to those of us on the Steering Committee.

The process is driven by a 70-member Vision Team comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members and overseen by an eight-member steering committee. The team already has spent two days in wide-ranging, penetrating discussions and will soon split into groups for our learning journeys. At the conclusion of the strategic planning process we will present our strategic plan to the USFSP Campus Board and the USF System Board of Trustees for adoption.

This blog is just one of the ways we will report on our progress. Think of it as the ship’s log for this exploration, a vehicle for anyone interested in the future of USF St. Petersburg to offer their thoughts and where we are headed.

We also will post regular updates on the Vision 20/20 home page and in HarborNotes Weekly: Five Things to Know about USF St. Petersburg, which is emailed each Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters.

The strategic plan will be better with your participation. Your voice truly matters.

You can leave comments on blog posts or e-mail your thoughts directly to Steering Committee members.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sophia T. Wisniewska, Ph.D.
Regional Chancellor

 

Strategic Planning Vision Team

Strategic planning meetings continue

This past Monday, the strategic planning process at USF St. Petersburg moved forward when a diverse team of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members gathered at the University Student Center.

More than 70 members of the Vision Team created a mind map of key elements impacting students, the university and the overall social ecosystem. After prioritizing what was most important to various stakeholder groups, the Vision Team used the mind map as a basis for discussion during a day long meeting the next day, Tuesday, November 19, 2013, also in the University Student Center.

There was lively interaction in mixed groups of students, faculty, staff, members of the business community and supporters of USFSP and the day ended with determining locations to visit as “learning journeys” over the next couple months.

Vision Team members will take these learning journeys to organizations that can provide valuable insight into some of the critical questions about the future of USFSP.

Open forums for faculty, students, staff and other groups will also take place early in the new year to broaden the discussion. To see a roadmap of upcoming events and learn more about the process, please visit http://www.usfsp.edu/vision2020.

Vision Team members conduct a mind mapping exercise

Strategic planning at USF St. Petersburg moves forward

The strategic planning process at USF St. Petersburg moved forward in earnest Monday night when a diverse team of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members gathered at the University Student Center.

More than 70 members of the Vision Team spent three stimulating hours discussing critical issues facing USF St. Petersburg and higher education. In addition to students, faculty, staff and alumni, the group includes local business leaders, partners, friends, and representatives from local schools and the USF System.

The team is meeting again today for an all-day session and will meet several more times during the coming months.

In addition, open forums for faculty, students, staff and other groups will take place early in the new year to broaden the discussion. To see a roadmap of upcoming events and learn more about the process, please visit http://www.usfsp.edu/vision2020.

As Regional Chancellor Sophia Wisniewska told the vision team Monday night, the goal of this process is to lay the groundwork for a vision for USFSP that focuses our resources to have a powerful impact in Pinellas County and beyond.