Alyssa Sutton

The Eastern Oregon University Board of Trustees held its first meeting of 2018 on Thursday.

During the morning session, the board was presented with the Annual Strategic Plan Report by Director of Institutional Research and Planning Holly Chason and Vice President of University Advancement Tim Seydel.

Chason presented documents that included information on current and past enrollment numbers and where the Strategic Plan Steering Committee would like those numbers to be in 2029.

According to the summary of Chason’s presentation, the Strategic Plan Framework, otherwise known as “The Ascent 2029,” was adopted in May 2017. Among the plan’s goals is achieving student success, including internal internships, which EOU President Tom Insko presented at the November trustees meeting; transformational education; expanding the number of lives impacted; creating a thriving university community; making EOU “Oregon’s Rural University,” which will be introduced as House Bill 4153 in the legislative session that begins Monday; and creating financial sustainability for the institution.

The Strategic Plan Steering Committee’s task is to ensure that there is continual focus and progress as the college moves from the planning phase into the implementation phase. The members are expected to share information, make connections and identify and problem solve gaps and barriers to continue progress.

“In January my office started collecting data,” Chason said. “We have set some target numbers in some areas, and in other areas we are working toward identifying (targets). We are also going to be moving at different times to identify them and to measure progress.”

Chason added that the goal of attaining financial stability was already under way in that the Budget and Planning Committee had amended its bylaws.

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