Northern Illinois Athletics Unveils Strategic Plan

GO HUSKIES Jeff Compher and members of the Northern Illinois athletics staff began the strategic planning process in August.
Jeff Compher and members of the Northern Illinois athletics staff began the strategic planning process in August.

Feb. 10, 2009

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DeKALB, Ill. -Northern Illinois University Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Jeff Compher on Tuesday unveiled the NIU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics' Strategic Plan. The plan, a working, dynamic document, defines the mission, vision and values of the department while setting out strategic goals and objectives for each unit for the next three years. The strategic plan also includes a list of annual initiatives.

"I am extremely pleased to publicly present this NIU Athletics strategic plan, developed by our senior management team and head coaches over the last several months," Compher said. "It is critical to our future that we have a straightforward mission, clearly enumerated vision and shared values, with specific goals that can be presented to our constituents and partners."

The cornerstone of the plan is the one-sentence, comprehensive, mission statement - "We develop champions in the classroom, in competition, and in life."

The vision describes the NIU athletic department: "Huskie Athletics strives to be a premier program centered on the student-athlete experience of academic, athletic and personal excellence while serving as an integral component of University life, promoting school spirit and providing quality entertainment."

Finally, the values define the universal conditions under which every administrator, coach and student-athlete are expected to function. The three simple tenets spell out the acronym "RED":
epresent NIU with pride.
Expect success.
Demand integrity.

In addition, the NIU document includes a list of priority initiatives which will be the focus of the athletics staff for the current year. A new set of initiatives will be developed annually within the context of the three-year strategic plan.

The mission, vision and values for Northern Illinois Athletics were developed by a team of administrators and head coaches, while the athletics senior management group working in each area finalized the goals and objectives. Work on the project began in August, shortly after Compher's arrival at NIU last June. He envisions that the three-year plan will be a "working document" which department staff will regularly discuss and review. Specific benchmarks have been established within each strategic goal and each unit will continually measure itself against those goals.

The mission, or a shortened "We Develop Champions" version will be used on departmental publications and the official athletics website, in video spots and radio and television broadcasts. The complete plan can be read by clicking here.

The strategic plan has already been presented to University President Dr. John Peters and members of the university administration, as well as key constituent groups of NIU Athletics, including the student-athletes, the Athletic Board, leadership of the Huskie Athletics Scholarship Fund and members of the Athletics Advisory Council.

"This plan is an excellent starting point, and defines success for our department on many levels," Compher said. "I believe that the mission of `developing champions in the classroom, in competition and in life' is one that our students, faculty, fans and friends can support without reservation."

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