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President's Planning Council

  1. Purpose.  This chapter describes the purpose, organization, policies, and procedures of the MCU President’s Planning Council (PPC).

  2. Background.  The continued vitality of the University depends on the ability to anticipate change, conduct long-range planning, and monitor progress of the University’s strategic plan, which is key to the growth of the University and serves as its roadmap for the future.  The PPC is the mechanism by which the Strategic Plan is approved and reviewed. The PPC also serves as the principal policy body within MCU for the integration of planning, budgeting, and evaluation.   

  3. Requirements.

    a.The PPC will approve the MCU Strategic Plan and review the progress of that plan annually.

    b.The PPC will annually review the University mission and vision statements.

    c.The PPC will provide the senior financial review for the University.  The recommendations of the Executive Steering Committee comprised of the Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA); Vice President for Business Affairs (VPBA); Vice President for Education Integration, Operations, and Plans (VPEIOP); Vice President for Distance Learning (VPDL); and the MCU Chief of Staff will be presented to the PPC for review and decision.

    d.The PPC will advise and assist the President, MCU, in evaluating the overall effectiveness of MCU programs and operations and institutionalize a continuous planning and evaluation process. Planning and evaluation efforts will focus on educational programs, administrative units, education support services, financial planning, and facilities planning.

    e.The PPC will review and develop policies and exercise oversight over all aspects of the academic and administrative evaluation processes of the University, ensuring the institutional effectiveness function is an integral part of the institution’s processes.

    f.Generally, the PPC will meet on a quarterly basis or by direction of the President, MCU.  VPEIOP will call for agenda items prior to each meeting, which will then be approved by the President, MCU.  VPEIOP is also responsible for the creation and distribution of the official meeting minutes.  The PPC will determine items appropriate for submission to the MCU Board of Visitors for its review.  Each meeting will focus on one or more of the following topics:

    i.Annual Assessment Results

    ii.MCU budget for upcoming fiscal year

    iii.Review of mission, vision, and purpose statements

    iv.Strategic Plan progress review

    v.MCU budget mid-year review

    vi.Facilities review

    vii.Mechanisms to recognize top performers

  4. Membership.

    a.The PPC will consist of the following members:

    i.President, Marine Corps University

    ii.Executive Vice President/Chief of Staff

    iii.Vice President for Academic Affairs

    iv.Vice President for Business Affairs

    v.Vice President for Distance Learning

    vi.Vice President for Education Integration, Operations, and Plans

    vii.Director, MCWAR

    viii.Director, CSC

    ix.Director, SAW

    x.Director, EWS

    xi.Director, EPME

    xii.Director, HD/GRC

    xiii.Director, NMMC

    xiv.Director, LLI

    xv.Director, CAOCL

    xvi.Chair, Marine Corps University Faculty Council

    xvii.Chief Executive Officer of the Marine Corps University Foundation (Non-voting)

    b.The Director, IRAP will serve as the recorder for the PPC.

    Substantive Change Policy and Procedures.  The University has a responsibility to notify both of its accrediting organizations (the SACSCOC and the CJCS J7 for the PAJE) of any significant modification or expansion of the nature and scope of our academic programs or education support units.  VPAA has overall cognizance of the MCU Substantive Change Policy and will ensure that the directors of all education programs and administrative and education support units are aware of what constitutes a substantive change for both accrediting bodies.  It is the responsibility of these directors to report any proposed changes that meet these requirements to VPAA.  The venues for addressing these proposed changes and for ensuring that appropriate reporting requirements are met are CRBs and PPC meetings.  Based on the recommendation of the PPC, the President, MCU will either approve or deny the proposed change.  If approved, VPAA will report the change to the appropriate accrediting body.  Refer to the SACSCOC Policy Statement “Substantive Change for Accredited Institutions” and the Officer Professional Military Education Policy (OPMEP 1800.01) for further details.