Story by James Jolly
Student Senate created 50 Strategic Goals for the 2013-14 academic year.
The 50 Strategic Goals provides a stated list of specific goals Senate plans to achieve.
This idea is brand new this year. The 50 goals were created earlier this year in an attempt to increase transparency in Senate.
Before, the goals weren’t as clear to the public.
Even with Senate meetings open to the student body, the daily and long-term operations of Senate were still unclear.
In the mission statement of the 50 goals document, Student Body President David Karaz outlines the purpose of the document.
“People often ask, ‘What does Student Senate do?’ and we often explain what we were set up to do. This year we are making our goals clear,” Karaz said.
The 50 Strategic Goals are published as a list and include helpful information that provides a clean-cut picture of what the goals are and who is responsible.
Each entry in the list has five pieces of information attached to it: the goal, the description, the intention, the deadline and the responsible party or parties.
For Senate, it provides incentive to follow through with their goals.
The opening statement of the document says, “Groups can easily adjourn having never accomplished their ultimate goals, and Student Senate can be a prime example.”
There are three sections of the 50 goals sheet.
The first is Implement, or goals that can soon be put into effect. This section contains projects like the distributed water bottle campaign and bi-annual puppies project.
The second is Investigating, or goals that require further consideration.
The final is Internal, or goals to improve Senate operations.