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2018-19 Strategic Plan

Introduction

Morehead State Student Body,
 
In a concerted effort to better represent the voices and address the needs of students, the Student Government Association Executive Board has taken the initiative to craft and adhere to a Strategic Plan for the 2018-19 academic term. SGA has identified a disconnect between the students and their governing body. Our strategic plan seeks to be the bridge over this disconnect. Below are numerous agenda items that have been set by SGA President Brandon Bryer and the SGA Executive Board to better address the needs of students and better improve the operation and functions of the Student Government Association. This document is designed to improve transparency, increase effectiveness, and hold the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Student Government Association accountable to the Morehead State student body. For the first time in its history, the Student Government Association is setting an agenda, outlining issues that matter most to students, and providing a measure of reliability in our actions. We look forward to being held responsible by you and seeing that these initiatives listed below are carried through to their completion.

Respectfully,
SGA Executive Board
 

Mission Statement

The Morehead State University Student Government Association strives to make the college experience one of meaning and purpose. It is the goal of this association to represent each and every MSU student to the end that each student graduates with the knowledge and assurance that SGA has made a positive impact on their college experience.
 

2018-19 Strategic Initiatives

Parking

  1. Work with University Administration and Board of Regents to convert labeled “green space” into more parking for students.
  2. Work with University Police Department to allow for more accessible parking at the Recreation and Wellness Center.
  3. Better address Commuter Parking concerns and provide more spaces for those coming from off campus.
 

Gathering Concerns of Students

  1. Implement an innovative, easier online student concern submission program.
  2. More town halls and topic-specific forums with University Administration, departments, and Aramark food services.
  3. Release a monthly newsletter (email) outlining and updating students on the progress that SGA has made and what the future holds.
  4. Monthly visits to student organization meetings to report on the progress of SGA and asking for feedback and/or concerns to be submitted.
 

Partnerships with University Departments

SGA has unfortunately become a funding source strictly for student organizations on campus. Under 30% of the Student Body participates in student organizations and this has often left the other 70% unrepresented and unimpacted by SGA. In order to mediate this disconnect, SGA will enter into more financial partnerships with University departments such as Health Services, Career Services, or the Tutoring and Learning Center. This will provide funding avenues that would benefit all MSU students and make true impacts that extend beyond just 30% of the Student Body.
 

Structural Improvements to SGA

  1. Formalize the judicial branch of SGA. The Student Court has been inactive and ineffective in recent years. Student Court will engage in trial practice/mock cases in conjunction with the PLS program in order to better prepare them to hear cases or disputes. The Student Court will hear all campaign violations and issue majority opinions concerning their rulings.
  2. Formalizing some weekly meeting procedures to introduce formality to the setting of Congress meetings to better promote an environment of true constituency representation.
  3. Addition of new Congress positions that will better reflect and represent the Student Body. These positions include but are not limited to - Diversity Representative, International Student Representative, Athletic Representative, Housing Staff Representative.
 

Alcohol on Campus Ad Hoc

Due to a high influx of student opinions and overwhelming student support, SGA will create an Ad Hoc committee that will conduct research, formulate studies, and research proposals concerning a legal and regulated sale of alcohol on Morehead State’s campus. This is not to be construed as a promise or guarantee that alcohol will ever be served on campus. The Alcohol Ad Hoc committee will simply research and gain a better understanding of alcohol sales at higher educational institutions and present their findings for consideration. ​
 

Campus Event Planning

  1. Increased collaboration with Campus Activities Board in the planning, promoting, and execution of entertaining on-campus events and activities.
  2. Continue contributing to the community through events such as the “Run with a Pup 5k” and food/school supplies drive in conjunction with RHA and the Office of Student Housing.
  3. Grow the organization’s philanthropic initiatives by donating to members, organizations, and groups that contribute positively to the Morehead community. Examples include but are not limited to the Shriners Club, the Tri-County Animal Shelter, and the Eagle Essentials Free Store.
 

Advocacy for Funding of Higher Education

  1. With the current budgetary climate in Kentucky, the funding of higher education is in question. SGA will be committed to advocating, both in Morehead and in Frankfort, for the importance and unmatched impact that funding of higher education can introduce.
  2. SGA President, Brandon Bryer will be collaborating with the Board of Student Body Presidents that represents all public institutions across the state of Kentucky. Through proposals to the Governor and the Council on Postsecondary Education, the BSBP will guarantee that the voices of Kentucky’s institutions are heard and represented.
  3. Reinvent and improve attendance numbers at the 2019 Rally for Higher Education in Frankfort.
 

In Closing

As elected members of the Student Government Association, we owe a duty to the student body to represent their voices and embody their interests. Likewise, the Morehead State Student Body holds a duty to SGA, to voice those concerns and hold those whom you elected accountable for their actions and representation of your interests. The Student Government Association’s 2018-19 Strategic Plan outlines the goals and initiatives that are at the forefront of this administration’s agenda and will represent the core missions of this association. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to SGA President Brandon Bryer at bhbryer@moreheadstate.edu. The Student Government Association thanks you for your time and consideration and we greatly look forward to a successful 2018-19 academic term. Go Eagles!

AUTHORED BY: Brandon Bryer, Student Body President and Student Regent
APPROVED BY: SGA Executive Board
 
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