Black Hills State University unveils five-year university strategic plan

SPEARFISH, S.D. — Black Hills State University announced Tuesday the new five-year university strategic plan entitled “Climbing New Peaks” that marks the culmination of the past year of work for BHSU that included town halls, listening sessions, planning meetings and several drafts of the plan.

The strategic plan focuses on four main goals:

  1. Nurturing the student experience.
  2. Evaluating and developing academic programs.
  3. Building on a supporting work environment.
  4. Evaluating and developing a revised brand identity.

BHSU President Laurie S. Nichols said the plan lays out a new roadmap for the university.

“‘Climbing New Peaks’ presents an ambitious yet realistic future for Black Hills State University over the next five years,” President Nichols said. “Through hours of listening sessions of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and community, we identified themes that became the foundation of our plan. Over the next half decade, we will work diligently to implement the vision, goals and objectives that are presented here.”

The four goals were refined further and broken down into objectives by the Strategy Team, a group of faculty, staff and community members who helped with the strategic planning process.

“It was important that we develop a grounded plan where many voices were involved in its creation,” said President Nichols. “A strategy team charged primarily with drafting the plan represented all divisions of the university and community members as well. Through sharing, vetting and accepting feedback from the entire campus community, we present a plan that is inclusive, honest, and ambitious. When implemented, it truly will be a game changer for Black Hills State.”

In December 2022, President Nichols began naming people to the Implementation Teams, teams that are made up of university employees who will be tasked with overseeing and carrying out the objectives for their assigned goal.

President Nichols also added that BHSU will publish progress reports at the end of each year through 2028 when “Climbing New Peaks” will be ready for its final evaluation.

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