Strategic Alignment and Plan

Overview / Philosophy: 

CFAES wishes to position strategic planning as a learning and alignment process instead of a compliance requirement. This flips the traditional, linear process to a learning process that promotes focus on clarity, possibility, and encourages alignment via iteration. This will improve and transform the way we do things to meet our mission.

Our Guiding Question:

Given the grand challenges facing Ohio and our world today, how can our college become a modern and effective institution that consistently makes decisions and allocates resources in support of our mission in the next 3 to 5 years?


  • Socialize our Mission:  "We Sustain Life".
  • Delineate our values and explore “Land Grant Principles”.
  • Implement processes and practices to support our mission, vision and values.
  • Articulate priorities for a modern and effective CFAES.
  • Strengthen and align CFAES organizational culture.


  1. Finalize process for input, writing the plan, and communicating [Jan-Feb 2019]
  2. Gathering input [March-July 2019]
  3. Writing / wordsmithing [August-September 2019]
  4. Communicating outcomes (rolling out the plan) [Fall 2019]

How to get involved:

  • Qualtrics Surveys:
    • Strategic Alignment Questions, Round 1 - Closed 
    • Strategic Alignment Questions, Round 2 - Open through May 10, 2019
    • Strategic Alignment Questions, Round 3 - Open through May 24, 2019
    • Strategic Alignment Questions, Round 4 - Open through June 14, 2019
    • Strategic Alignment Questions, Round 5 - Open through June 28, 2019 
  • Engagement Exercises
  • Contact Strategic Alignment Team - The Strategic Alignment Team will help guide the process of gathering input and writing up a strategic alignment document.


One Mission We Sustain Life (pdf)