AUM seeks to have broad participation from all stakeholders in the planning process and the creation of policies. Therefore, a system of evaluation and approval of strategic plans, policies and other matters of general application has been developed that solicits comments from the broad university community, as appropriate for each plan or policy.
Plans and policies are generally written by a committee under the supervision of the Office of the President or of one of the governing councils. After preliminary approval by the supervising body, the plan or policy is submitted to stakeholders for comments. Plans and policies of general applicability, such as the Vision and Mission, are submitted by email or letter to the staff and faculty for review. After a reasonable period, the formulating committee reviews the submitted comments, revises the plan or policy as appropriate and then submits to the governing body or council(s) for approval.
After final approval, plans are kept by the Office of the President and policies are given to Quality Assurance for permanent archiving. A system of policy numbering and date notation ensures that all policies are correctly filed and available for retrieval. A hard copy and electronic copy are made and stored in addition to the normal backup of files done by the university’s IT department.
When the policy has public interest and application, such as the Vision and Mission or comments to be included in the student handbook, the Quality Assurance office submits the most current version of the policy to the Webmaster for inclusion on the website.
AUM believes that strategic planning is critical for the welfare of the university. The Strategic Plan discusses areas for improvement and attempts to chart key strategic directions in areas that can produce the best long-term results for AUM. The purpose of the plan, once approved by the Board of Trustees, the AUM community and stakeholders is to function as guidelines, recommendations, and directions for those entrusted with its implementation. Having a strategic plan for AUM is an integral part of the accreditation process.
A Strategic Plan was developed during the formation period of the university and served as the basis of the incorporation submittal to the Ministry of Higher Education in Jordan and the State of New Hampshire in the United States. After gaining incorporation in both Jordan and the U.S. and as part of the process to prepare for U.S. accreditation, a new strategy directing the university beyond the startup period was needed. Therefore, a Strategy Committee was formed under the Office of the President that included members of the President’s staff and faculty, a member of the Board of Trustees and the Director of the Advancement Office. Hence, the committee represented all three key components of direction and support of the university – Office of the President, Owner, and Board of Trustees.
The Strategy Outline developed by the Strategy Committee is a set of goals that, if achieved, will allow the University to realize its Vision and Mission. This Strategy is the basis around which the fully comprehensive Strategic Plan was designed. The full Strategic Plan includes the details of implementation and is now being developed.
The information stated in the Strategy Outline was based on interviews with several key persons of the AUM community. The revised draft of the Strategy Outline was presented to the Office of the President for review, discussion, and revision. The revised version, after approval, was presented to the Deans Council for approval/revision and then to the University Council for approval/revision. The Strategy Outline was ultimately presented to the Board of Trustees. The approved Strategy Outline was then posted on the AUM website. A separate working group was then given the task of creating a full Strategic Plan. This Plan was reviewed by the owner, Office of the President, Deans Council, University Council, and Board of Trustees.
The Strategy Outline, developed over several months, has proven to be highly valuable in directing the course of the university. Major reorganizational changes were made based on the Strategy Outline resulting in stronger planning and control and a closer focus on accreditation and the systems needed to maintain the accreditation standards. Another benefit of the Strategy Outline was a unification of the direction of research toward community involvement and local problem solving. Other changes made based on the Strategy Outline include a strengthening of international ties and creation of an international office, adding courses of study, and increasing the number of cultural and academic events sponsored by AUM.
See Strategy Outline