By Cassondra Kirby/News editor

The 31 Eastern community members appointed to a university Strategic Planning Committee for the 2002-2003 fiscal year are in the initial phase of the strategic planning process, according to Laura Koppes, chair of the committee. Eastern’s President, Joanne Glasser, appointed the committee to develop an initial phase of the strategic planning process this academic year and to create a strategic plan that will be the basis for the university’s actions for the next three years.

After gathering information and input, the committee began drafting elements of the three-year plan. At this point, the committee has identified the essential parts of the plan including developing a vision for the university, redefining core values and identifying institutional goals and strategic directions, according to a letter sent to the Eastern community from the committee.

The initial phase is available for viewing by visiting www.eku.edu and clicking on the link “Draft Strategic Plan.” According to Koppes, this is a work in progress and the committee seeks comments from the Eastern community.

“Once we get the feedback from the community, we will look at it and come up with a strategic plan to recommend to President Glasser,” Koppes said.

Koppes hopes to have all feedback by April 18 and make the final three-year plan recommendation to the president May 13.

Koppes stressed that the elements posted under “Draft Strategic Plan” on Eastern’s Web site is not the complete strategic plan, but instead more of an outline of the plan. She said the comprehensive strategic plan will result from the feedback of the posted outline.

Numerous areas of the university are represented in the Strategic Planning Committee. Members include students, staff, faculty and administrators.

“Strategic planning is imperative for any academic institution to survive and succeed in today’s uncertain dynamic environment,” Glasser said via e-mail. “A strategic plan for a university is like a road map for a traveler, the plan delegates where we want to go and how we will get there.”

The committee’s overall goal is to develop a draft of a three-year strategic plan by the end of the semester and submit it to the president in May. In addition, the Strategic Planning Committee will develop a plan to link the budget and strategic planning process, develop a strategic plan template for use across campus; develop a plan to implement, assess and review the process, as well as determine the goal of the committee beyond this year, according to Glasser.

With the current budget situation, Glasser recognizes the importance of the plan and hopes, through the identification of priorities and allocation of resources, it will lessen the impact of the money crunch. Yet, she said the committee will face several obstacles while developing the three-year plan.

According to Glasser, some of the challenges the committee has faced this year include implementing a strategic planning process in an efficient and an effective manner, developing a strong relationship and communication with multiple Eastern stakeholders or constituencies and taking into consideration numerous factors, both internally and externally, that influence the school.

Businesses to visit campus for interviews

The Eastern Career Services Team has upcoming interviewing opportunities and other job-related seminars for students.

– Enterprise Rent-A-Car will interview for a management trainee 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. tomorrow in Room 422 of the SSB.

– Federated Insurance will hold interviews on campus for a marketing representative 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. tomorrow in Room 423 of the SSB and April 18 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. in Room 422 of SSB.

– Walt Disney World College Program Presentation and walk-up interviews were held yesterday in the SSB Auditorium for summer and fall internships. Interviews for those who attended are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today in rooms 422 and 423 of the SSB.

– Guardian Life Insurance will hold interviews for a financial representative 9 a.m.-4:15 p.m. April 18 in Room 423 of the SSB.

– The Kentucky State Government Fair will be from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23 in the Powell Building.

– Communications Career Day will be held 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. April 24 in the Perkins Conference Center.

– Exploring EKU Recruiting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 460 of the Student Services Building.

– Government Job Search will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday in Room 460 of the SSB.

– Resume and Cover Letter Writing will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 22-23 in Room 460 of the SSB.

– Job Search for Procrastinators will be held at 3:30 p.m. April 29-30 in Room 460 of the SSB.

Campus interviews will also take place.

Additional information about the events can be found at www.career.eku.edu.