LONG RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE CHARTER
(as of November 21, 2011)
The Long Range Planning Committee (LRPC) serves as an advisory committee to the Dean of the University on long-range planning matters in general. It will serve as the "umbrella" long-range planning body for this campus, and will collect and review the several plans from various bodies on this campus that have long-range components and/or implications. These should include, but not be limited to, the Strategic Plan, the Master Plan, the Marketing Plan, the Long-Range Budget Plan, Academic Plans, Recruitment Plans, Retention Plans, Enrollment Projections, reports from other planning units, and reports from subcommittees, ad hoc committees and task forces as needed. The LRPC periodically will review the aforementioned plans, reports, and projections, with special attention to consistency with the Institutional Vision, Mission, and Goals.
The LRPC will coordinate the campus' Annual Planning and Assessment Cycle, as described in the 12/19/94 document and approved changes. As specified in that document, the LRPC will coordinate the campus' annual assessment and revision of the Institutional Goals, Strategies, and Planned Actions document, to include specific projections for the budgetary impact of each Planned Action. The LRPC is responsible for providing the Dean of the University with advice and recommendations for change based on those assessments. The LRPC will participate in periodic campus-wide planning meetings by providing support and assistance to the Dean of the University. In summary, and to paraphrase the Committee's original charter, the LRPC's work should play a significant role in helping to chart the future course of USC Sumter.
Within the LRPC, there will be a standing Budget Subcommittee (BSC). The duties of the BSC will include, but not be limited to, (a) recommending priorities within the institution's operating budget for year-end close-out expenditures; (b) recommending priorities within the institution's operating budget for midyear expenditure reductions or increases as revenue changes make necessary; (c) post-close assessment of the institution's operating budget performance; and (d) long-range budget projections as they relate to the annual assessment and revision of the Institutional Goals, Strategies, and Planned Actions document. Procedurally, the development of recommendations for the annual operating budget should begin with the budget projections included the Institutional Goals, Strategies, and Planned Actions document (otherwise known as the Long-Range Plan), as derived from the input of the campus planning units. This procedure also includes constant and significant input from the Budget, Planning, and Grants Director, consideration of fixed and mandated expenditures, other consultations and discussions, and eventual submission of recommendations to the Dean of the University for final approval.
As a Standing Institutional Committee, the sponsor of this Committee is the Dean of the University. The empowerment limits of the committee are to review and recommend to the Dean of the University, the Assistant and Associate Deans, and appropriate related working units and standing committees.
Faculty Members (five; one each from the four academic divisions recommended by the Faculty Organization Chair to overlapping three-year terms; and one from the Academic Planning Committee of the Faculty Organization recommended by the Faculty Organization Chair to a one-year term)
Staff Members (six; one each recommended by the respective Assistant or Associate Dean to represent the four administrative divisions; and two recommended by the Staff Organization President; in pairs of overlapping three-year terms)
Student (one; recommended by the Student Government Association President to a one year term)
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (ex officio)
Budget, Planning, and Grants Director (ex officio)
The LRPC will meet as necessary. All members will have voting privileges. Officers will be elected annually from among the current membership of the Committee. Unanticipated vacancies on the committee will be filled as soon as reasonably possible upon recommendation by the responsible organization or individual, and will be for the duration of the unexpired term of the vacant position. All terms end on June 30 of the year indicated in the term of appointment. With the exception of ex officio members, all members of the Committee serve voluntarily and at the pleasure of the Dean of the University. The committee will publish minutes of meetings, to be distributed to all faculty, staff, and student organizations, and other members of the campus community as requested or needed.
This document supersedes all previous charters, in part or in whole, for the Long Range Planning Committee and the Budget Planning Committee, including those dated May 24, 1995, July 26, 1996, July 21, 1997, July 23, 1997, December 10, 1997, and July 19, 2002.