Skip to main content
Western Kentucky University

Bylaws

Bylaws and Operating Procedures

The bylaws and operating procedures are approved by the members of the Strategic Planning Council.

Mission of the Strategic Planning Council

The Strategic Planning Council (SPC) is an on-going body, with diverse and broad-based membership, that administers the Strategic Plan by establishing priorities and developing action plans to meet the strategic objectives of the College. SPC members are volunteers who facilitate the design, advancement, and renewal of the Strategic Plan and assist the College by leading change. The SPC reports and documents the performance of action plans on an annual basis and transmits proposals to the Dean for implementation consideration. Inter alia, these will be used to guide departmental and program initiatives.

Responsibilities of SPC Members

  • Serve as advocates for strategic change;
  • Continually seek input from College stakeholders to foster ownership of and to generate commitment to the development and advancement of the Strategic Plan;
  • Continuously review and update the Strategic Plan as needed;
  • Identify programs, systems, and processes within the College needing change, improvement, or innovation;
  • Facilitate communication among College stakeholders about strategic activities;
  • Make recommendations to the Dean and other standing committees of the College where appropriate;
  • Assess the success and accomplishments of strategic initiatives;
  • Serve as ambassadors to champion the Strategic Plan and the Strategic Planning process.

Meetings

The SPC meets as a full body a minimum of four times each year during September, November, February, and April. Subcommittees and action teams commissioned by the SPC may meet more frequently as needed. The general activities of the SPC are as follows:

September Meeting:

  • New members begin term.
  • Action teams report on progress on strategic action items.
  • Strategic Plan is reviewed and updated if necessary.

November Meeting:

  • Action teams report on progress on strategic action items.
  • Strategic Plan is reviewed and updated if necessary.
  • Initial discussion is conducted on possible action items and teams for next year.

February Meeting:

  • Action teams report on progress on strategic action items.
  • Strategic Plan is reviewed and updated if necessary.
  • Initial discussion is conducted on possible action items and teams for next year.

April Meeting:

  • Action teams present final annualreport on progress on strategic action items.
  • SPC determines whether to discharge or continue the current action teams.
  • Action items and teams are identified for next year.
  • SPC membership transitions occur at end of meeting.

Summer:

  • Annual AACSB maintenance report is completed.
  • Action team membership is finalized.

Membership

The Strategic Planning Council consists of no more than thirty (30) members. Membership is voluntary, through appointment by the Dean. SPC members serve three-year terms that are staggered such that one-third of the membership transitions on and off of the Council each year. The following profile of SPC membership is suggested to provide broad-based representation. Additional consideration may be given to ensure that appropriate diversity is achieved and that all units within the College are appropriately represented. An individual SPC member may fulfill one or more of the following membership categories:

  • Chair of the SPC
  • Associate Deans
  • AACSB Accreditation Chair
  • Director of Development
  • Communication Coordinator
  • Director of Technology
  • Provost Office Representative
  • Faculty Members (10-12)
  • Staff Members (2-6)
  • Undergraduate Student(s) (1-2)
  • Graduate Student(s) (1-2)
  • College Alumni (2-4)
  • Business Representative(s) (1-2)
  • Dean, ex-officio

Action Teams

Separate action teams may be created by the SPC to fulfill an activity it identifies to achieve a strategic objective. The outcomes and deliverables from action team activity, including timelines and sources of funds and other resources required for this activity, will be identified and approved prior to the start of action team work. These action teams generally consist of a select group of College stakeholders (faculty, staff, students, alumni, etc.) and are generally chaired by at least one SPC member. Each action team is responsible for documenting its work and reporting back to the SPC at its periodic meetings. The SPC will receive and evaluate the outcomes of action team work and will discharge an action team once its work is completed and its outcomes have been achieved.

Strategic Planning Council

Note: documents in Portable Document Format (PDF) require Adobe Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to view,
download Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Note: documents in Excel format (XLS) require Microsoft Viewer,
download excel.

Note: documents in Word format (DOC) require Microsoft Viewer,
download word.

Note: documents in Powerpoint format (PPT) require Microsoft Viewer,
download powerpoint.

Note: documents in Quicktime Movie format [MOV] require Apple Quicktime,
download quicktime.

 
 Last Modified 11/10/14