Strategic Plan 2009 - 2012
1. Our Vision
1.1. As a student owned and governed organisation, LUSA is the centre for and the agents of, enhanced experience at Lincoln University. Fostering and encouraging an, engaging, lively and inclusive culture through support of student led activity, the delivery of services of high value and relevance, and representation of and needs of its members.
2. Our Mission
2.1. “To represent, advocate and provide services of value and relevance for present and future members.”
3. Values and principles
3.1. Strong and independent student voice.
3.2. Student led, Tino Rangatiratanga and student focused.
3.3. High quality, barrier free education.
3.4. Empathy and understanding.
3.5. Social and academic rights as students.
3.6. High quality student experience.
3.7. Ethical behavior and professional standards of Integrity, Reliability, Honesty, Consistency, Respect and Accountability.
3.8. Equity and Inclusion.
4. Key Goals
4.1. Enhanced student experience.
LUSA main strength in being a student collective is the ability to foster and encourage student led, engaging, lively and inclusive culture. To deliver outcomes that students feel have value. In order to do this we need to be responsive to the changing tertiary environment and the range of our members needs.
4.2. Representation and advocacy
Representation and advocacy is our reason for being, our core identity and why we are here. We have the responsibility to provide services for our members that no other organisation can. We must represent in a way that is empathetic and understanding of members’ circumstances and needs.
4.3. Strong Association
We need to be internally efficient, externally transparent, accountable and plan for continued delivery of high value. We must enhance our infrastructure and protect the longevity of the association financially, operationally and in our relationships.
4.4. Building strong and sustainable community relationships.
LUSA exists to deliver services that arise from the benefits of the collective. As a small association we need to work with others to provide a full suite of services to meet the needs of our diverse membership. As an organisation with a large breadth, it is our responsibility to use our synergies well. None of what we do we do alone.
4.5. Communication, member engagement and awareness.
Our members need to be aware of who we are and what we do in order for them to experience the value of it. We must be appealing and approachable, easily communicated and understood. This comes from a clear message from a cohesive set of communication methods.
5. Key Objectives
5.1. Enhanced student experience, Deliver Value
- Investigate and demonstrate knowledge of current needs of diverse membership
- Ensure clubs, societies and groups on campus as well supported
- Publish a well presented, widely read, student publications
- Partnership and collaboration with TEU over areas of common interest
- Further relationship with Lincoln University management and academics.
- Create and sustain relationships with Lincoln Township, Selwyn and Christchurch City.
- Active participants and contributors within NZUSA, USNZ and SJS.
- Synchronizing with others who provide similar or associated services.
-To consider the interests of Te Awhioraki and acknowledge the relationship between the Association and Te Awhioraki
- Clarify and maintain formal agreements and responsibilities.
5.3. Representation and advocacy
- Robust and easily accessible LUSA advocates
- Research and knowledge on our members and their circumstances.
- Representation on many levels, with communicated outcomes.
- Opportunities for members to represent themselves
- Represent and act for members in all matters in which the members as a body are interested.
5.4. Sustainable accountable responsible strong Association
- Financial Plan that reflects the focus of this strategic plan, and protects and grows the long-term viability of the association.
- Explore potential and grow existing income streams in a responsible way.
- Clearly defined portfolios and job descriptions.
- Sense of unity in our purpose, and common ground within job descriptions.
- Have sound and effective governance, demonstrating best practice.
- Be a good employer, and demonstrate robust HR and performance management
- To recognise and act consistently with Te Tiriti O Waitangi/ the Treaty of Waitangi.
5.5. Member Engagement and awareness
- Create, maintain and develop effective communication strategies.
- Increase opportunities and participation in LUSA Activities.
- Review and Refocus areas of low participation by our members.
- Develop strategies to refocus and unify the LUSA brand.