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January 2018 - President's Annual Planning Retreat

Dr. Dennis Jones

The 25th Annual President’s Planning Retreat, Moving Forward in Strategic Planning, was held on Tuesday, December 30, 2018, with over 130 representatives from across the university. The first presentation provided a preview of campus-wide efforts for our SACS 2021 reaccreditation. The remainder of the retreat included presentations from each of the University’s Vice Presidents who addressed their division’s goal directives from across the university strategic plan. After each presentation, table discussions considered other important aspects and impacts of each division’s top initiatives.


February 2017 - UPC Spring Campus Forum & Luncheon

Dr. Ray Perryman

The 2017 UPC Spring Forum & Luncheon was held Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The speaker for the event was Dr. Ray Perryman, President and CEO of The Perryman Group, an economic research and analysis firm based in Waco. He holds a BS in Mathematics from Baylor University and a PhD in Economics from Rice University, and has held numerous academic positions in his career including ten years as Herman Brown Professor of Economics and five years as University Professor and Economist-in-Residence at Baylor University, as well as five years as Business Economist-in-Residence at Southern Methodist University. He has authored several books and more than 400 academic papers, and has served as President of both the Southwestern Economic Association and the Southwestern Society of Economists. He is a past recipient of the Outstanding Texas Leader Award and has been honored by the Texas Legislature for his “tireless efforts in helping to build a better Texas.”  Most recently, Dr. Perryman was selected the 2012 “Texan of the Year” by the Texas Legislative Conference.

Dr. Perryman spoke on the economic value and impact of higher education, including an analysis/forecast of the regional economy in North Texas. He discussed the impact of pending bills in the Texas legislature (e.g., an effort to eliminate tuition set-aside to fund grants for low SES students) and the governor’s directives (e.g., a 4% reduction in budgets) on the affordability of higher education, as well as the potential long-term consequences of any such actions.

January 2017 - President's Annual Planning Retreat

This year’s retreat was a true example of strategic planning in action.  After Dr. Weissenburger reviewed the historical development and the success of the University Strategic Plan, Dr. David Deviney and Dr. Jake Heller presented the ‘next steps’ that will be critical to improving the Strategic Planning process. These improvements are focused on a simplified Strategic Plan that allows for creativity and innovation while making it easier to prioritize, plan and execute the University’s strategic objectives.

September 2016 - UPC Campus Fall Forum

The University Planning Council's Fall Forum Luncheon was held Wednesday, September 28th in the Thompson Student Center Ballrooms. Our guest speaker was Dr. Timothy Renick, Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, and Vice Provost at Georgia State University. Dr. Renick is the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation. He has provided testimony before the U.S. Senate and at the White House on strategies and innovations for student success. Under his leadership, Georgia State has increased its graduation rates by 11 percentage points overall and by 19 points for underrepresented students. 

Dr. Renick

2016 Fall

January 2016 - President's Annual Planning Retreat

This year’s retreat will include an examination of how we can focus on keeping the university’s strategic plan: Tarleton 2020: Student Focused – Value Driven relevant, realistic, and aligned to our goals so that it remains meaningful and worth pursuing. Guest speaker, Dr. Rex Peebles, THECB Assistant Commissioner for Academic Quality and Workforce, will present the 2015-2030 Texas Higher Education Plan: 60x30TX. Table discussions will consider, “Where should we realistically focus to make the greatest impact and to align the implementation of our vision and goals with the vision and goals of 60x30TX?”

Retreat Pictures

November 2015 - Campus Forum and Luncheon

Competency-based Education: Separating Fact from Fiction

Monday, November 9 in the Thompson Center Ballrooms   

Most are saying that yesterday’s hottest trend, the MOOC, is no longer in vogue. But now higher education has turned its attention to competency-based education. As with MOOCs, the hope is that CBE will lower costs, increase access, and improve outcomes—and the fear is that those who don't adopt it will lose relevance and market share if new programs scale quickly. Higher education leaders are asking how fast and how far their institutions should venture into CBE. This presentation will focus on the predominant myths about CBE—and the November 2015associated challenges on the ground by current practitioners—that have been largely ignored in the hype over the model’s potential. We will discuss what criteria to consider when deciding whether to launch a CBE program, what programs have the best chance of success, and the specific costs and risks that must be incorporated into implementation plans. Presented by the Education Advisory Board (EAB).

January 2015 - President's Annual Planning Retreat

President Dottavio and the Executive Cabinet will present the University Leadership with an update on strategic plan activities.  Each goal will be assessed within the context of the changing environmental conditions described in Unsettling Times: Higher Education in an Era of Change.  Discussions will focus on how factors like competition, technology, revenue, accountability, etc. impact our strategies and objectives.

Opening remarks from President Dottavio at the January 2015 Planning Retreat

January 2014 - President's Annual Planning Retreat

Dr. Patrick Sanaghan will be back on campus to prepare us for alignment and implementation of the new strategic plan, Tarleton 2020: Student Focused – Value Driven.  This annual event provides an opportunity for university leadership to meet and discuss strategic direction for all units within the university.

Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio's opening remarks at the President's Annual Planning Retreat.

July / August 2013 - Town Hall Meetings

Email: July 23, 2013 Town Hall Meeting

Dear Colleagues:

I am pleased to submit to you the attached review draft of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.  The release of this draft to the campus community marks yet another milestone toward the conclusion of our next strategic plan.

 This draft will be the focus of the two town hall-type panel discussions on Wednesday, July 31st 3:30 – 5 pm or Thursday, August 1st 8:30 – 10 am in Nursing 108/109.  

The Vice Presidents, UPC co-chairs Donna Savage and Javier Garza, and I will serve as panel members during these meetings and we look forward to hosting you.  The discussions will provide members of the Tarleton family an opportunity to ask questions about and provide final input on the 2015-2020 strategic plan.  If you cannot

attend one of the sessions next week, you are welcome to send comments to Donna or Javier by Friday, August 2nd

In June, the Executive Cabinet met to conduct a final review of the objectives and strategies provided by

Town Hall Meeting

the UPC and Council of Chairs.  Since that time, the Executive Cabinet has identified "Strategy Leaders" to review the plan and to make suggestions for measurements for each strategy.

Again, I would like to thank all of you who have dedicated time and effort to this process, especially Donna and Javier.  This plan is special for many reasons, but most importantly because it has been developed in such an organic manner with input from across the university community.  


F. Dominic Dottavio, Ph.D.

January 2013 - Goals Retreat

January 2013 Retreat

Dr. Pat Sanaghan returns to lead this Goals Conference. Dr. Sanaghan will guide participants through the development of strategic goals using data collected over the last 4 months from Tarleton stakeholders.  In the afternoon, he will facilitate work to develop objectives and measurements.

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October 2012 - Planning Retreat

Dr. Sanaghan is the president of The Sanaghan Group, an organizational firm specializing in leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, and leadership transitions. Pat has worked with more than 100 campuses and hundreds of organizations in the past 25 years. He has taught leadership to thousands of leaders in higher education, and has helped dozens of campuses conduct collaborative, transparent strategic planning processes.

He is the coauthor or author of five books, numerous articles, and several monographs in the fields of strategic planning, leadership, and change management. His most recent book, Collaborative Leadership in Action, was published in 2011, and his next book, How to Actually Build an Exceptional Team, will be published in the fall of 2012.

January 2012 - Presidential Leadership Retreat

In the Ballrooms for the Retreat
Opening remarks from President Dottavio, Jan 11, 2012

Retreat Materials