Divisional Planning


Planning at SUNY Plattsburgh

What Does "Planning" Mean?

Planning is a comprehensive, systematic, tool designed to help organizations envision the future, anticipate and respond appropriately to changing times, increase effectiveness and develop consensus and commitment. Planning is about shaping the future rather than simply preparing or adapting to it. It requires us to look very carefully at current performance and analyze the gaps between the present conditions and the envisioned future.

Formal Planning

Plattsburgh State addresses formal planning at three levels:

  1. the entire college (Strategic, Operational, Budget, and Enrollment Management)
  2. academic and non-academic divisions (Academic Plan, LIS Blueprint, Business Affairs, Institutional Advancement, and Student Affairs)
  3. departments and units.

Each department/unit prepares an annual report to clarify their relationship to the divisional and institutional mission; to summarize their contribution for the year to the achievement of unit, divisional, and institutional missions; and to sketch the activities planned for the next year in light of these missions and achievements. These report documents also contain information pertinent to short- and long-term goals, rationale for program changes, and the extent to which each department/unit participated in planning. This report is reviewed by the Dean and/or Vice President to whom the department/unit reports.

The college's strategic plan is facilitated through the development of action plans designed to support specific strategic objectives. This process incorporates campus-wide planning days that allow for community building through broad-based discussion of new initiatives and progress reports (e.g., budget, assessment, planning, facilities, and enrollment) focused on specific efforts to advance the college's mission and vision.

Contact Information

For more information about planning at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Dr. James Liszka
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Office: Kehoe 802
Phone: (518) 564-5402

Lizabeth J. Woodard
Office: Kehoe 805
Phone: (518) 564-5402
Fax: (518) 564-4415