Planning and Budget Council

The council is currently inactive — 7/1/14

2013 Focus Group
2013 Focus Group Recommendations [pdf]

Mission: To develop a dynamic strategic planning process that identifies goals, objectives, and the funding mechanisms to ensure Minot State University’s competitive advantage, quality, and growth.

Meetings: Monthly; second Wednesday; 3:00-5:00 P.M. subcommittee meetings convening regularly to conduct research, fact finding, and monitoring of plan.

Membership: nominated by respective governance groups; appointed by president for terms of three and two years; faculty, staff, student and administrative representatives; ex-officio members from Board of Regents and Alumni Board.

Processes: chaired by president; agenda distributed via email by Monday of the week of the meeting and available to campus on the MSU web site; minutes recorded and approved at the following meeting; approved minutes are distributed to members of each respective unit.


  1. Open and honest deliberation
  2. Institutional viewpoint
  3. Professionalism
  4. All key issues and topics affecting institution are to be raised and discussed
  5. All decisions are supported externally


  1. Initiate and implement strategic change
  2. Oversees strategic planning processes
  3. Establishes strategic planning research procedures (defining key performance indicators, conducting environmental scan)
  4. Assesses internal and external environments, identification of strengths, threats, challenges, and opportunities; identifies appropriate strategies, goals, and objectives aligned with mission and market).
  5. Coordinate and facilitate listening, reflecting, communicating and seeking consensus
  6. Communicating with campus constituency groups (e.g., senate)
  7. Assess achievement and failures
  8. Presenting cogent case to campus; communication objectives, explaining plans, encouraging involvement in the processes
  9. Seek total understanding and commitment by campus
  10. Learning about planning strategies
  11. Reassess and question mission, confirm core values
  12. Setting clear timelines and processes
  13. Implement a process of institutional review, prioritization and plans for consolidations, elimination, and reallocation
  14. Conducts public forums and focus groups; collecting information from institutional data reports and internal and external stakeholders
  15. Aggregates information collected from stakeholders; identifies institutional strengths; discusses and examines key points from stakeholders
  16. Oversees identification and reporting on Cornerstone Goals (aligned with strategic planning processes)
  17. Works to align college and specific units’ plans
  18. Leads public open forums in November and April on planning objectives and budgeting
  19. Prepares annual report on accomplishments and progress
  20. Identify five-year and ten year visions and time frame