The strategic plan discusses areas for improvement and attempts to chart key strategic directions in areas that can produce the best long-term results for AUM. The purpose of the plan, once approved by the owner, the Board of Trustees, the AUM community and stakeholders is to function as guidelines, recommendations, and directions for those entrusted with its implementation. Having a strategic plan for AUM is an integral part of the accreditation process.
Strategy Development Method
A committee was formed by appointment of The Office of the President to develop the initial draft of the Strategy Outline (not the full Strategic Plan which also includes the details of implementation). This committee, which is called “Strategy Committee,” consists of a member of the Board of Trustees (Munif Hijazi), a faculty member (Nasri Rabadi) and an outside consultant (Brent Strong). The Strategy is a set of goals that, if achieved, will allow the University to realize its vision and mission. This Strategy should be the basis that a fully comprehensive Strategic Plan would be designed around.
The information stated in the Strategy Outline shall be based on interviews with several key persons of AUM community who also will review the draft of the plan. The revised draft of the Strategy Outline will be presented to the owner and the Office of the President for review, discussion, and revision. The revised version, after approval, will be presented to the Deans’ Council for approval/revision and then to the University Council for approval/revision. The Strategy Outline will ultimately be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval/revision. The approved Strategy Outline shall then be posted on the AUM website. A separate working group will then be given the task of creating a full Strategic Plan, including details of implementation. This Plan will then be reviewed by the owner, Office of the President, Deans Council, University Council, and Board of Trustees.
The members of the Strategy Committee have spent many hours in closed meetings discussing the strategic goals that should be achieved within the next five years to develop AUM in accordance with its Vision and Mission. The Committee defined four general topics which encompass the strategic goals. The Committee realizes that after interviewing the University management and other key persons of the AUM community, more goals and perhaps more general topics will be identified and added. These four general topics are:
Character describes the overall nature of AUM and is general in its outlook. Structure discusses the organization and infrastructure of AUM. Finances looks at the nature of AUM resources. Direction enumerates specific changes that AUM will make as part of the growth, expansion, and maturing process.
General topic one: Character
General topic two: Structure
General topic three: Finances
General topic four: Direction