Annual Planning Policy
Date of Current Revision: February, 2012
Responsible Officer: Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Planning
The purpose of this policy is to outline the annual planning process for the university’s administrative units and place the process within the context of the university's mission statement, defining characteristics, visions and goals.
The Board of Visitors has been authorized by the Commonwealth of Virginia to govern James Madison University. See Code of Virginia section 23-164.6; 23-9.2:3. The Board has delegated the authority to manage the university to the president.
Statements summarizing the type of institution that the university strives to become.
The statement that succinctly defines the ultimate purpose for the university or the administrative unit.
Clear, collaborative (where possible), concise, measurable and specific ways in which administrative units intend to achieve a specific university goal or pursue the administrative unit’s mission statement. Some objectives evolve from previous evaluation/assessment efforts.
Goals established by the vice presidents with contributions from administrators, faculty members, staff members and students; these goals collectively describe current initiatives being pursued to achieve the university’s mission statement and defining characteristics.
The statement accompanying each characteristic that provides a rationale for that characteristic.
This policy is applicable to all units outside the division of Academic Affairs.
One of the university’s defining characteristics addresses the university's planning process: The university will involve the entire campus community in a well-defined, consistently used and commonly understood process for planning and decision-making that emphasizes accountability and ties resource allocation to institutional effectiveness.
6.1 An effective planning process contributes to the identification, achievement and assessment/evaluation, and use of results of the objectives of administrative units.
6.2 Mission statement
6.4 Steps To Reach Objective (from Planning Database):
6.5 Assessment/Evaluation Methods:
6.6 Objective Accomplishments (Year-end):
6.7 Use of Assessment/Evaluation Results for Program Improvement:
Vice presidents are responsible for implementing this policy within their divisions.
Each director or department head is responsible for the day-to-day management of the unit’s objectives.
Employees who violate this policy are subject to discipline commensurate with the severity and/or frequency of the offense and may include termination of employment.
The authority to interpret this policy is given to the president, who normally delegates it to the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and University Planning.
Previous version: May, 2010
Approved by the President: April, 2002