In order for the Strategic Directions to successfully direct decision-making and the operations of the college, they must be embedded in the thinking of the community. To ensure regular contact with the Strategic Directions, Sauk publicizes them to the following groups:
Faculty, staff and administration: The Strategic Directions form the basis for the annual operational planning process, which involves every college employee. Operational planning creates a direct link between the Strategic Goals and Objectives and the day-to-day operations of each office or academic area (Appendix). In addition, strategic planning updates are presented to staff at appropriate meetings, in mailings, or both. Job candidates receive a copy of the Strategic Directions at their interviews.
Students: Sauk engages in regular practices to inform students about the mission documents. Students in Orientation (PSY 100), a course required of degree-seeking students, learn about the Mission, Vision and Shared Ethical Values. In addition, the Strategic Directions are included in the Student Government Association (SGA) annual officers’ retreat.
Public: The Mission Statement has traditionally been printed in the college catalog, and currently the Strategic Directions appear in the online catalog. The Strategic Directions are also maintained on the college website to be available to the Sauk community and the public in general.