USC Aiken Forward Together
University of South Carolina Aiken Strategic Plan - Final Goals, Objectives, Strategies
Visioning Process Final Report
Distance Learning Marketing Report
Distance Learning Student Support Report
April 22 Task Force Forum Video
May 1st Task Force Forum Video
What was the purpose of the task forces?
Ultimately the purpose of the Task Forces is to move the campus forward, based on the results of visioning process done last fall that included faculty, staff, students, alumni and community leaders. Each Task Force was given specific issues to explore and was charged with making recommendations on those issues.
How many task forces were formed?
Retention, Progression, Graduation (RPG) Task Force
Programs of Distinction Task Force
Process and Innovation Task Force
Academic Innovation Task Force
Marketing and Recruitment Task Force
Staff Development, Advancement, and Recognition Task Force
In addition two other groups were formed to address specific areas of concern that emerged from the visioning process: Internationalizing the University and Strategic Planning for the USC Aiken Grounds Committee. The charges and a list of task force members can be found on this website.
How will decisions be made from task force recommendations and final reports? What is the timeframe for decisions?
There is no set time frame and it is anticipated that some recommendations will be implemented relatively quickly, while others will need much more discussion and planning. Once the reports of the Task Forces have formally been presented to the USC Aiken community, the recommendations will be sent to the appropriate groups, units, offices or individuals for additional discussions and final recommendations. For example, a Task Force recommendation to restructure the Center for Teaching and Learning would be sent to Dr. Jeff Priest who may choose to form a committee of academics, or place this on the Faculty Assembly agenda, or he may decide to send it to the CTL coordinator who will recommend the next course of action. USC Aiken has governance structures, standing committees, processes and procedures in place and many of the recommendations will need to be sent along those pathways.
Some recommendations may not need additional discussions, and thus, they will go directly to the Chancellor to prioritize and implement. Other recommendations will need considerable study, discussion, and refinement before any action is taken. And finally, there may be recommendations that we choose to archive or discuss at another time.
If a task force recommends something that has an impact on my department, will my department have any say in what is done?
One of the greatest benefits of the task forces is that the representation on them was diverse. A group looking at issues with “fresh eyes” may provide new perspectives not previously seen. At the very least, the task forces are providing insight into the perceptions of groups on campus.
As stated above, if a recommendation is made, a person and/or people directly related to that department will be charged with responding to the recommendations, and when appropriate, creating the action plans. Approval of recommendations and action plans follow the established chain of command and governance structures. If the task force recommendations are not feasible, then the department may need to find workable solutions to the problems identified and recommend alternative actions.
Why are we having forums to discuss task force findings?
The task force forums are being held so the campus community can better understand the perspective, thoughts, and reasoning behind the recommendations that have been made. It also gives the campus community a chance to listen, have discussions and ask questions about Task Force findings, so everyone has a better understanding regarding the finer points of the recommendations. The forum format provides a medium where ideas and views on issues can be exchanged. The forum gives the USC Aiken community a chance to practice civil discourse by recognizing, encouraging, and supporting individual and group contributions to continuous improvement.
From the Task Forces’ deliberations and reports should come rich discussions, a greater recognition of the contributions made and the challenges faced by units across the institution, a deeper appreciation of our strengths and opportunities, and ultimately, this work will be the foundation of our action plan to move us into the future.
To review the final reports of each task force, click on the menu links to the left.