Strategic Planning Process

An institution-wide planning process that began in fall 2019 is underway to set a strategic direction for Towson University over the next several years.

In alignment with the university’s Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Self-Study reaccreditation process, the next strategic plan will build on the previous plan, TU 2020: A Focused Vision for Towson University, and will conclude in fall 2020.

Strategic Planning Leadership and Advisory Committee

The Office of the Provost is leading a collaborative process for the development of a plan that is inclusive of TU’s strengths and greatest opportunities in the near and long-term. The planning process also follows the Strategic Plan Alignment presidential priority to connect strategic plans across all university divisions, colleges, offices and units.

The University Assessment Council’s Subcommittee on Institutional Effectiveness is serving as the primary advisory body to the strategic planning process. SIE includes representation from all university divisions as well as representatives from SGA, TUSC, AAUP, the Middle States Liaison Officer, and the Director of Academic Assessment.

Process Timeline

  • Phase 1: Discovery
    Fall 2019
    Develop fact base on where we are; gather initial input on aspirations from senior leadership; conduct an environmental scan and SWOT analysis.
  • Phase 2: Input Sessions & Development
    Spring 2020 - Fall 2020
    Conduct listening and input sessions with internal stakeholders; develop and share draft plan for feedback through shared governance.
  • Phase 3: Test & Finalize
    Summer 2020 - Spring 2021
    Develop final strategy in detail;  recommend next steps for implementation.
  • Phase 4: Implement & Launch
    Spring 2021
    Share the final plan internally and externally; put the plan to action.
  • Phase 5: 
    Spring 2021 - Summer 2021

    Colleges, divisions, and units revise or develop strategic plans in alignment with TU Strategic Plan.

Important Dates & Input Sessions

Date Session
September 25, 2019 President’s Council and Deans retreat 
October 25, 2019  Graduate Program directors
October 29, 2019 Shared Governance Executive Boards
November 15, 2019 Board of Visitors retreat
February 10, 2020 COE and CHP
February 13, 2020 CBE and Library, 9-10 a.m., Minnegan Room (must RSVP to  )
February 13, 2020 Student Affairs Leadership Team, 1-2 p.m., AD 333
February 14, 2020 COFAC and CLA, 8-9 a.m., Minnegan Room (must RSVP to )
February 17, 2020  FCSM and Graduate Studies, 11 a.m.-noon, Minnegan Room (must RSVP to )
February 26, 2020

Student Affairs, 8-9 a.m., WVC, Ballroom C

BTU stakeholders: noon-1:30 p.m.

March 9

Open University Session I, 11-12:30 p.m., WVC

Open University Session II, 4-5:30 p.m., CLA 3110