The Strategic Planning Guide for Administrative Support Units has been designed to assist administrative departments in the development of their annual plans.

The Guide outlines in detail the steps in the planning process and provides templates and support tools to help units successfully complete their plans. At the heart of this process is the engagement of all staff in the discussion of ideas and in the development of all aspects of the plan. The outcome of these discussions will be an actionable, successful annual plan that everyone understands and supports.

The general approach to planning is a four-step process:

  1. Conduct a Situation Analysis. Begin by assessing progress from previous years. Ask questions such as what is our current situation? What does the assessment data tell us? What are we doing well? What can we improve? What external and internal opportunities or threats exist?
  2. Identify departmental priorities by determining how the unit can best support and advance the University’s strategic plan and yearly priorities.
  3. Establish Objectives, Initiatives, Measures and Targets
  4. Implement the plan and monitor progress throughout the year

Download the Planning Guide for Administrative and Support Units.