Old Main on USD's campus in the fall.

The University of South Dakota is launching a new vision for the university's future through a strategic planning process. Through a five-phase process, the Strategic Planning Committee will think and plan collaboratively with input from on- and off-campus stakeholders. 

Guiding Principles

The strategic planning process depends on five guiding principles:

  1. Meaningful engagement of institutional stakeholders through face-to-face interaction and discussion;
  2. Transparency through the sharing of information;
  3. The role of the facilitator is to help tap into and build the capacity of the internal stakeholders and guide the planning process, not direct it;
  4. The process pays attention to the external issues an trends in higher education so that institutional stakeholders don't become too inwardly focused;
  5. At several points, the planning process engages external stakeholders, such as alumni, community leaders and business people.


The collaborative strategic planning process is broken into five phases and is expected to be completed in 2020:

  1. Phase I: Getting Organized (2 months)
  2. Phase II: Data Gathering and Engagement (3 months)
  3. Phase III: Making Sense of the Issues (2-3 months)
  4. Phase IV: Vision Conference (1-2 months)
  5. Phase V: Goals Conference (1-2 months)

Credit: Patrick Sanaghan, Ed.D.