To: OSU Faculty, Staff and Students

From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President

January 22, 2018

Oregon State Faculty, Staff and Students:

Development of OSU’s fourth strategic plan under President Ray’s leadership, referred to as SP4.0, is now underway. The engagement and planning process will assess what has been accomplished since the first plan, refine areas of strategic focus, identify or modify campus-level goals, consider current opportunities and challenges, and inform the prioritization of actions and investments over the next five years.

The Office of the Provost is leading the engagement and planning process. Over the next few months, a steering committee chaired by Senior Vice Provost Susan Capalbo will engage with the university community and stakeholders and draft SP4.0 for public comment and review. A timeline for development of SP4.0 can be found here.

This cycle of strategic planning will be informed by Focus on Excellence, the University’s recent rebranding effort, the recently launched University-wide accreditation self-study process, the newly developed university-wide diversity strategic plan and, most importantly, input from faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders.

The new plan will also take into consideration the University’s recent visioning exercise, which sought to anticipate OSU’s future unique contributions on the higher education landscape. Vision 2030: Distinction, Access and Excellence articulates Oregon State’s promise, focus and distinction among premier research institutions. It describes the university’s commitment to provide access to a high quality and affordable education for all learners and engage in world-class discovery, innovation and service within the University’s signature areas.

Dialogue Sessions
Registration is required.

The following facilitated dialogue sessions have been scheduled for University employees and students. The sessions will provide an opportunity for participants to think expansively about the mission, areas of distinction, and strategic imperatives and current initiatives of the University. Join us to discuss the University’s strategic direction and goals. Seating is limited. Register via the link on the Opportunities for Engagement web page.

7 February 2018

10 am – 12 pm

University-wide Forum: Teaching & Learning Innovation

MU Horizon Room

8 February 2018

1 – 3 pm

University-wide Forum: Research Goals & Aspirations

MU Room 109

21 February 2018

5 – 7 pm

Undergraduate & Graduate Students

MU Room 208

23 February 2018

9 – 11 am

University-wide Forum: OSU Cascades

DINE 205, in Bend

26 February 2018

1 – 3 pm

Professional Faculty & Classified Staff

MU Room 109

7 March 2018

830 – 1030 am

University-wide Forum: Outreach & Engagement

MU Horizon Room

8 March 2018

~ 315 pm

Faculty Senate

Registration is not required; Faculty Senate meetings are open to all. Check the Faculty Senate website for a detailed meeting agenda.

LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall

After all dialogue sessions have been completed, Provost Ed Feser will present preliminary themes and findings. This forum will be open to all OSU employees and students. Registration is not required, and this session will be streamed live.

21 March 2018

1 – 3 pm

University-wide Forum: Preliminary Themes and Findings

MU Horizon Room

Focused Stakeholder Sessions

These sessions will engage specific stakeholder groups to explain the SP 4.0 development process and invite input. The sessions are intended for a focused audience. If you would like to participate or if you have questions, call the Office of the Provost (541.737.2111).

30 January 2018

Intercollegiate Athletics

By invitation only

21 February 2018

OSU Foundation & Alumni Association

By invitation only

21 February 2018

President’s Cabinet, Provost’s Council of Deans, Provost’s Executive Committee

By invitation only


7 March 2018

Advancing the Internationalization Agenda

By invitation only

5-6 April 2018

OSU Board of Trustees


16 October 2017

Portland Alumni


8 December 2017

OSU Foundation Board of Trustees


Submitting Input Online

The University community is also invited to submit their input regarding the development of SP4.0 via the web between 22 January and 23 March 2018.

Input Synthesis

Input from each session will be summarized, synthesized and posted on the SP4.0 web page (ONID credentials will be required to review the summaries).

If you have questions regarding the engagement plan or timeline for the development of SP4.0, please contact Gigi Bruce, Special Assistant to the Provost (

Thank you in advance for your participation in this vitally important process.

Edward Feser
Provost and Executive Vice President