A Message from President Geoffrey S. Mearns

For nearly 100 years, our University has transformed the lives of thousands and thousands of women and men. As we begin our yearlong Centennial celebration, we are also developing a bold, ambitious new vision for our University’s second century that requires the involvement from all constituents of the Ball State community.

The strategic planning process, “Spreading Our Wings,” will produce the mission statement, core values, 2019-23 strategic goals, and the 2040 vision.

The input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and our community partners is vital to our success. Continue to visit this website for information about how to participate in all stages of the process.

I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities available throughout the strategic planning process to share your hopes and aspirations for what Ball State can be in the future.


Update on the University's Strategic Planning Process

Budget Model Planning

As a result of conversations for the Strategic Plan, we will develop an incentive-based budget model that aligns human and financial resources with strategic priorities while encouraging innovation and effective resource management. A steering committee, with help from consultants, will guide this transition over 18 to 24 months.

Review a timeline for this initiative, find case studies from other universities, see who the steering committee members and consultants are, and give your feedback.

Materials and Resources

In January 2018, President Mearns charged the Strategic Planning Committee with designing and leading the planning process. Members, representing the perspective of the students, faculty, staff, and community, have committed to following a set of guiding principles as they conduct their work.


Phase 1 – Spring Semester 2018

Gather information and conduct research through a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis.

  • Working Groups (WINGS)
    Faculty and staff from different colleges, departments, and divisions will gather and analyze vital information about the external environment as well as institutional trends, characteristics, and distinctive attributes about the University. The Strategic Planning Committee will consider their reports during the visioning and priority-setting process.
  • Mission, Vision, Values Survey
    To shape Ball State’s next mission, vision, and core values, the Strategic Planning Committee seeks the perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff via an online survey.
  • Open Forums
    President Mearns will hold a series of open forums to seek ideas and inspiration from the campus and local communities.
  • Virtual Crowdsourcing
    A “virtual” crowdsourcing tool will be used to gather ideas and suggestions in a creative way.

Phase 2 – Summer 2018

Conclude research, synthesize information and input, and develop a working draft.

Phase 3 – Fall Semester 2018

Release a draft strategic plan and seek feedback through a variety of communications outlets. Present the final strategic plan to the Board of Trustees for endorsement.

Forum Highlights