Public comment sought as part of SIU System strategic plan development

January 26, 2021

Members of the SIU community:

Work on a strategic plan for the Southern Illinois University System continues with an invitation for public comment on drafts of a mission statement, vision statement and key themes.

The drafts were developed following a survey of faculty, staff, students, alumni and others regarding potential initiatives that might be included in the plan. Based on this feedback, the system-wide strategic planning committee has developed a proposed mission statement, vision statement, and five general themes and accompanying statements that will serve as the foundation for specific goals to be developed. 

The proposed mission, vision and goal themes can be found on the system strategic planning website.

Individuals can provide feedback online or by participating in one of two virtual public comment town halls. The town halls will be held on Feb. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. and Feb. 17 from 5 to 6 p.m. During the sessions, committee members will review the strategic planning process and receive questions as well as feedback from participants.

The online feedback form and links to join the virtual town halls are available on the strategic planning website. The online public comment period ends Feb. 5. Our goal is to have the SIU System Strategic Plan completed this summer.

The SIU System is made up of Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. It includes the Schools of Medicine and Law affiliated with SIU Carbondale and the Schools of Dental Medicine and Pharmacy as well as the East St. Louis Center affiliated with SIU Edwardsville.


Gireesh Gupchup, chair, SIU Strategic Planning Committee

Vice President for Academic Innovation, Planning and Partnerships, SIU System

Lakesha Butler, co-facilitator
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Clinical Professor, School of Pharmacy, SIU Edwardsville

John Pollitz, co-facilitator
Dean of Library Affairs, SIU Carbondale