The planning process will have three phases: Inquiry, Synthesis, and Affirmation.
- Inquiry (Fall 2016). Members of the Planning Committee will visit each campus to gather input from appropriate stakeholders, including faculty, students, administrators, and representatives of the Research and Outreach Centers and Extension offices concerning the benefits of drawbacks of being part of a System as well as hopes for the future of our System.
- Synthesis (Winter 2017). The members of the Planning Committee will gather to review the compiled input gathered from the visits to the campuses, review strategic planning documents from each campus, and prepare recommendations.
- Affirmation (Spring 2017). The co-chairs of the SW Planning Committee will visit with the president and share the initial recommendations. The co-chairs will revise the recommendations according to the president's feedback. The co-chairs will then visit each campus to share and solicit feedback about the proposed recommendations with appropriate stakeholders, including faculty, students, and staff. The co-chairs will be joined during the second campus visits by the members of the Planning Committee from the campus.