The Process

Strategic Planning is a process through which stakeholders of all levels can help guide and prioritize needs/wants for Grambling State University.  The Strategic Planning process is completed by both the college and the departments, and should align vertically across the institution (e.g., the department should align to the college which should align to the university).

What is strategic planning?

Strategic Planning developed its roots in the military, however it has grown into the business and higher education industries.

In short, strategic planning asks:

  • Where are we?
  • Where are we going?
  • How are we going to get there?
  • Did we get there?

Strategic plans in education tend to be results oriented, or results-based accountability (RBA).  

How does it work?

There are several components to a Strategic Plan: 

Components of Strategic Planning Levels of Institutional Planning


The cornerstone is the institutional Mission Statement.  From that, the Core Values, Vision, and Goals can be developed.  The goals at the institutional level are broad ideas developed with these foundational statements in mind.  The plan itself is developed to operationalize these broad ideas across the institution.