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Integrated Planning

The Integrated Planning task force recognizes the integration of planning activities must be an iterative and ongoing process in order for the institution to continue being successful into the future.  The processes should be well defined, repeat on a cyclical basis and be well understood to be a fabric of the institution rather than “something new” every cycle. Successful integrated planning requires a high level of coordination between academic planning, co-curricular planning, operations planning, information technology planning, facilities planning and human resource planning in order to maximize the use of the finite resources available to the institution. 

Over the next two years (2015-17), the Integrated Planning task force will work to identify ways in which current university practices can be integrated across units, coordinated along more helpful timelines, and more broadly engaged by relevant stakeholders.  The primary focus will be improving ongoing university planning in key areas, as opposed to improving the particular plans being generated as part of the university’s strategic planning process.  The Integrated Planning task force may advise on elements of the strategic plan’s implementation as the need arises, but the task force is not aiming to take on work of ensuring that every element of the strategic plan is implemented with maximum integration across the university.

Finally, the task force will operate in a manner that recognizes student learning is the engine that drives all types of planning at the university.  As such, the task force will strive to link its processes for assessment of student learning, evaluation of operations, long term strategic planning, and annual budgeting.

2015 Summer Report Integrated Planning

January 2016 Report Integrated Planning

May 2016 Report Integrated Planning


Integrated Planning Discussion Reports

Budget Planning

Information Technology

Facilities Renewal/Renovation


Proposed Taxonomy of Planning at St. Thomas[1]

Academic Planning

Resource Planning

Facilities Planning

Instructional Curriculum

Human Resources

New Construction

Academic Support Services

Budget Planning

Facilities Renewal/Renovation

Student Support Services

Investment Strategies

Information Technologyy‌

Residence Life


Campus Infrastructure

[1]‌ Modified from Hallowell, Middaugh, and Sibolski’s Integrating Higher Education Planning and Assessment: A Practical Guide.

Mark D. Vangsgard, Co-Chair
Vice President for Business Affairs

Michael F. Cogan, Co-Chair
Vice President for Planning and Decision Support

Sarah Baxter, Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) liaison
Professor of Engineering

James M. Brummer
Associate Vice President for Facilities

Edmund U. Clark
Vice President of Information Resources and Technologies and Chief Information Officer

Nora B. Fitzpatrick
Associate Vice President for Financial Planning and Analysis

Sharon Howell
Assistant Dean of Students and University Ombudsperson

Timothy L. Lewis
Professor and Chair of Biology

Aaron Macke
Director of Residence Life

Mark D. Stansberry - O'Donnell
Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Michelle M. Thom
Associate Vice President of Human Resources

Gary L. Thyen
Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller

Robert K. Vischer
Dean of the School of Law

Institutional Advancement - TBD

Faculty Affairs Committee representative - TBD