Texas State University, and all its leadership decision-making, is guided by an intentional six-year strategic planning process, along with a formal mid-cycle review, that ensures a continued and focused direction. Crucial to the effective implementation of the University Plan is the interconnectedness between department, school, college, unit, and division plans and the larger University Plan. This top-down, bottom-up planning model calls for prioritization at all university levels, with ongoing conversations and feedback between academic departments, schools and colleges, administrative units, and deans/directors and vice presidents. These inclusive discussions ensure we practice under a “living” plan philosophy, where the best information and insight are available for the President’s Cabinet to make informed decisions about new initiatives and budget allocations. Annual University Plan progress assessments within all areas of the institution reinforce the continued progression towards goal and initiative completion.