Carnegie Mellon University
Strategic Planning Outcomes


Revised Vision, Mission, and Values

We started this process by re-visiting the core purposes of the GSA and clarifying Our Vision, Mission, and Values. Your GSA Representatives and the GSA Executive crafted these statements in an extensive process: we solicited feedback from Representatives, we reviewed the 34-year history of how GSA has served graduate students, and we synthesized these findings in a multi-day vision-setting process.

Identification of Core Issue Areas

To get a sense of the range of issues impacting graduate students, we solicited feedback from GSA representatives in two rounds–first through a survey in March 2014, and then through collaborative group sessions in September using open space technology. From these two rounds of information-gathering, we identified 8 overarching issue areas that most impact the graduate student experience.

Strategic Planning Retreat

In February 2015, graduate student-led working groups gathered over a day-long retreat to map the landscape of each issue area. We examined what has been done and what we could do better to improve graduate student life, and identified key strategic priorities. The GSA Executive then met in March 2015 to begin outlining specific goals and initiatives based on these retreat outcomes.

Final Plan

View the final Strategic Plan