Strategic Plan

MIAC Strategic Plan Overview - 2015-19

The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference is proud to showcase its Strategic Plan. The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to provide a framework for MIAC administrators to clearly define the organization and to establish realistic goals and objectives consistent with that mission in a defined period.  The planning process will take place over a four year period; from June 2015 through May 2019. The current Strategic Plan follows and builds upon initiatives created by the conference's previous plan, which ran from 2011-2015. The Strategic Plan will allow the MIAC to explore the many ways in which it will continue to grow and develop its core areas through examination of the plan's main themes.  The four main themes of the plan are listed below, with objectives and actions listed for each area of focus.

I. Academic Success and Balance
    1. Ensure commitment to academic and athletic balance
        a. Review academic bylaws
        b. Develop additional opportunities to honor academic success in conjunction to participation
        c. Create seasonal academic features of student‐athletes
        d. Celebrate NCAA Post‐Graduate honors and create opportunities to share best practices for nominations
    2. Continue commitment to status as leader within NCAA Division III
        a. Develop consistency of awards across sports
        b. Review conference bylaws pertaining to academics and eligibility for potential strengthening or deregulation
        c. Develop consequences for conference rules violations
        d. Actively participate in national legislation
        e. Seek participation in Conference and National governance and committee structures

II. Quality Athletics
    1. Championship/Playoff event and venue evaluation
        a. Review championship locations
    2. Continue sportsmanship initiatives and emphasis
        a. Identify sport‐specific challenges through Council evaluation
    3. Enhance competition environment
        a. Identify opportunities to increase attendance at events
        b. Utilize social media prior to and during events for promotions purposes
        c. Evaluate web‐streaming and live statistic options for events
    4. Value Conference Competition
        a. Discuss emphasis on regular season competition and regular season championships
        b. Develop consistency of awards across sports
        c. Consider creation of permanent AD awards committee to review sport awards proposals
        d. Revamp conference awards/trophies

III. Outreach, Identity, Promotion & Education
    1. Reaffirm commitment to diversity and gender equity
        a. Focus on diversity and inclusion
        b. Continue focus on gender equity
        c. Develop transgender policies
        d. It’s On Us campaign
    2. Identify opportunities to improve MIAC visibility
        a. Conference logo review
        b. Refresh MIAC website design
        c. Create crisis management plan and update MIAC media plan
        d. Strengthen view of MIAC as a conference in media and public (remain dominant Division III conference in area)
        e. Establish MIAC 100‐year anniversary celebration
        f. Create informational document stating academic focus, mission, core values, athletic opportunities, and restrictive bylaws
    3. Continue educational initiatives
        a. Develop spring educational seminars for membership
        b. Strengthen compliance educational opportunities
        c. Plan 2017 MIAC Student‐Athlete Leadership Conference
        d. New MIAC administrator/coach conference orientation

IV. Financial Stewardship
    1. Address financial strategies
        a. Discuss and develop cost savings best practices
        b. Review Title IX implications of adding/cutting sports
        c. Continue discussions focused on women’s lacrosse, review official’s costs and programming costs
    2. Explore new streams of revenue and cost cutting measures
        a. Maximize NCAA Grant funding use throughout membership and conference office
        b. Implement green initiatives for conference operations and campus events
        c. Evaluate conference‐meeting structure for administrators and coaches
        d. Consider co‐branded apparel options (with profit used for conference initiatives)
    3. Conference Office Operations
        a. Review conference office staffing structure and benefits provided
        b. Evaluate Supervisor of Officials position expectations
        c. Conduct institutional membership review (moratorium on new members, member exit policy)