Academic Affairs

Planning Process

In the summer of 2013, Chancellor Ballard and the ECU Executive Council appointed a Strategic Planning Executive Working Group and the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee to orchestrate the development of our new strategic plan that would define the University's overall direction and aspirations through 2019.  This work has been organized through an established planning process and timeline.

ECU's strategic planning process was built upon the university's model of shared governance.  In collaboration, the Working Group and the Advisory Committee established seven guiding principles.  Incorporating them in the strategic planning process ensured a focused approach and encouraged stakeholders to take ownership in the plan's success.

The Executive Working Group drafted a  plan which included all feedback and suggestions from internal and external stakeholders gathered from a series of forums and surveys conducted by members of the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee during Fall 2013, and Spring 2014.  The draft received approval from the committee in June, 2014, and was presented to the Board of Trustees for endorsement in July, 2014. In August, 2014, the Chancellor's Executive Council gave final approval for the new ECU Strategic Plan, Beyond Tomorrow:  Our Commitment to the Future.  

The new strategic plan is designed to support and advance the ECU Mission and affirm our commitment to student success, public service, and regional transformation and reinforce our dedicated efforts to continuous improvement and the strategic and prudent use of resources entrusted to us.  In addition, ECU's new strategic plan will drive efforts to achieve our goals, accomplish performance metrics, and support and enhance strategies outlined in "Our Time, Our Future: the UNC Compact with North Carolina." Through continual communication, transparency will be achieved and the university will be held accountable for achieving its mission.

Planning Tools

2014-2019 Strategic Planning Units
Review Process for Submitted Strategic Plans
Strategic Planning Instructions and Template
Strategic Planning Timeline
Strategic Planning Cycle
Strategic Planning Advisory Committee Roster