The University planning process provides for a broadly based, participatory structure that elicits input from throughout the University. Current plans are grounded in the University’s mission as stated in Section 16-54-3 of the Code of Alabama.
Each academic, administrative, and support unit develops plans and uses the planning process for improvement of programs, policies, procedures, and activities. Institution-level strategic plans are developed for five-year periods (revised as needed through recommendation by the University Planning Committee and approval by the President and Board of Trustees). Annually, each academic, administrative, and support unit develops goals, with supporting objectives and outcomes, which are tied to the University’s mission and strategic themes.
Assessment activities are coordinated at the University-level through the Institutional Effectiveness Committee and the Division of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness (IPE). Institution-level activities include the administration and analysis of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) for entering freshmen and the administration and analysis of the Senior Survey and College Student Experience Questionnaire (CSEQ) for graduating seniors. Other institution-wide assessments are conducted as needed and desired for continuous improvement efforts. Results from these assessments are distributed throughout the campus and are posted on this website.