Planning Sets the Stage for Success

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.
—Lewis Carroll

Everyone understands the importance of planning, right? Without a plan, we may get by, but without sheer luck, our aspirations for the future will likely flounder. Without a destination in mind, and a roadmap to get there, we may arrive at an arbitrary endpoint. And the liklihood that we will travel together and arrive at the same place is slim unless we agree on where we want to go and share directions.

Almost all organizations have strategic plans. They help build awareness of purpose and put us in a place to better anticipate and influence the future. In higher education, today more than ever, we face fierce competition, economic challenges, demands for accountability, and the need to keep pace with advances in technology. Sacramento State’s planning efforts address the challenges we face and capitalize on our greatest strengths to leverage opportunities. They forecast potential obstacles and provide common direction and focus to those of us who support and contribute to University goals.

Sac State Master Plan and Strategic Plan

Sac State is engaged in multiple planning processes this year. Activities are in full swing for two critical plans - the University Master Plan and the University Strategic Plan. The Master Plan will serve as a blueprint for the University’s physical environment for the next decade and more. And the Strategic Plan will guide academic and student support efforts for the next five years. Completion of both plans is anticipated by year-end.

ABA Mission, Vision, Values and Code of Conduct

ABA has begun work on renewal of its own strategic plan, recently launching new mission and vision statements, along with a set of values and an abridged code of conduct. ABA's mission states our essential purpose and the vision our aspirations for the future. Values define our workplace culture and describe what is important to us. The code of conduct sets standards for effectively communicating and interacting with each other, our partners and our customers. These components were designed for clarity and brevity, so that we can all know and understand them and align with them, as we go about our daily work in support of ABA and University goals. They are the framework around which our goals and activities will take shape. A dynamic website has been designed where you can view these elements of ABA’s strategic plan - http://www.csus.edu/aba/ABA-About/missionvision.html.

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