NASPA 2019-2022 Strategic Planning

Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Region Director

June 28, 2018

As many of us are now firmly in our summer events and activities, I hope that you are able to find some time and space to relax and refocus. Additionally, as campuses host summer conferences and orientation sessions are happening, I trust that each of us are able to again see our campuses through fresh eyes. I wish for you the ability to engage with incoming students and families, and hopefully catch some of their excitement surrounding this next chapter in their lives. I always enjoy the energy of orientation programs, and I look forward to our own Wildcat Welcome later this summer for that very reason. It helps me remember why we do the work that we do.

Along those same lines, you have probably seen messages from NASPA about an opportunity to look at our association through a similar lens.  NASPA has started a strategic planning process for the association for 2019-2022.  This process is rooted firmly in our guiding principles, and based on the following affirmations:

  •  People care about what they help to create
  • Successful organizations have high involvement - it's not just a leadership effort
  • Openness breeds trust, which is essential to meaningful input
  • Strive for shared ownership of outcomes
  • Leadership can - and does - come from any level
  • Engaged participants ask questions, and name problems

To that end, I want to encourage you to take some time and share your thoughts during this first phase of the process.  NASPA is asking five big questions of our membership.  These questions are part of an on-line feedback form that you can find here. At our summer meeting in late May, the NASPA 4E Executive Committee for the Advisory Board discussed these at length and will be providing our summary feedback. However, we firmly believe that we need our individual members to take time, and share your feedback.

Note that feedback is due this Friday, June 29, so this is the last reminder that you will most likely receive. We really do want to hear your voice. The NASPA Board will be taking the feedback provided through this platform, and discussing it at our meeting in July.

Have a wonderful summer, and please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

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