Strategic planning builds commitment to a shared vision by identifying points of progress and establishing the metrics to measure that progress. All strategic planning at Ohio State is guided by nine principles that ensure that the university's planning effort remains continually vital, sustainable, and accountable:
- The Office of Academic Affairs (OAA) stewards the strategic planning effort for the university.
- Colleges and vice presidential units will have strategic plans.
- Each strategic plan will include measures that demonstrate progress toward the unit’s goals.
- Every college and vice presidential unit will make a version of their strategic plan publicly available.
- Strategic plans, goals, and measures will be evaluated through a collaborative, open process. All plans will be reviewed by central administration and—as identified in collaboration with the units under review—by academic and administrative entities that are actively engaged with those units. Reviewers will acknowledge their authorship of their comments.
- Plan progress will be an element of a dean’s/vice president’s annual review.
- Plans will be reviewed regularly and updated as need be.
- When there is a change in the leadership of a unit, the new leader, in collaboration with the unit, will reaffirm the strategic plan or revise it as needed.
- The strategic planning process will be linked to periodic external programmatic reviews conducted by OAA and/or accreditation efforts.