University of Minnesota

CAPE Strategic Plan, 2014-2017

CAPE is currently undergoing a strategic planning process to provide a roadmap for the next three years. The original vision for CAPE has been mostly realized and now a new set of priorities have been identified to guide CAPE's future.

Process Overview

From October, 2013 through April, 2014, the CAPE staff and select key stakeholders participated in three retreats to engage in a strategic planning process as outlined by Bryson (2012). This model includes an examination of where CAPE is now, creating a vision of where CAPE wants to be and outlining specific strategies on how to achieve that vision. The strategic planning process included:

  • Reviewing CAPE's original charge, current services, usage, and feedback
  • Reviewing University and OUE priorities
  • Exploring national best practices and research relating to exploring students
  • Identifying and prioritizing key stakeholders to CAPE followed by a survey to many of these groups to solicit feedback and input
  • Identifying trends that may impact higher education, the U of M, and CAPE in the near future
  • An analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges (SWOC)
  • Developing overall goals and strategies to move CAPE forward in the coming years
  • Establishing outcomes, measures of success and timeline for each strateg

Goal 1: Improve Exploratory Services for Specific populations

Priorities to achieve this goal include:

  • Enhance exploratory resources for first year students
  • Enhance exploratory resources for transfer students
  • Provide support for students pursuing high demand majors and alternative pathways for parallel plans
  • Provide professional development for CAPE staff to increase understanding of specific population needs

Goal 2: Enhance Campus Culture and Systems for Exploring Students

Priorities to achieve this goal include:

  • Increase awareness and understanding of the exploring student experience
  • Identify and address barriers relating to institutional structure

Goal 3: Utilize technology to streamline and enhance services

Priorities to achieve this goal include:

  • Increase student engagement with CAPE resources through online technology
  • Improve standard operating practices to increase operational excellence

Goal 4: Improve CAPE outreach and collaboration

Priorities to achieve this goal include:

  • Collaborate with partners to integrate exploratory support in existing services or develop new initiatives
  • Create and implement communication plan for student outreach
  • Provide more professional training and consultation for staff/faculty outside of CAPE

Goal 5: Create a sustainable and enhanced staffing model that supports growth

Priorities to achieve this goal include:

  • Determine staffing model for continued CAPE growth
  • Expand role of peer coaching to provide high quality and accessible front-line services


Center for Academic Planning and Exploration

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222 Pleasant St. SE | Minneapolis, MN 55455
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