A Non-Partisan, Information-Driven, Consensus-Based Model
Although the topics studied by Strategic Issues panels vary widely, all panels follow a similar process. Panel members begin by gaining an in-depth understanding of the issue. Over a period of several months they receive presentations on the topic from experts, advocates, public officials and others. Only after examining the topic from a variety of perspectives do panel members begin to discuss the issue. As they consider the subject, members weigh the research and opinions presented and engage in discussions based on the information provided and panel member's own thinking.
Through this process of informed discourse, the panel focuses on developing consensus findings and recommendations on the issue. Strategic issues panels are completely independent, free to develop conclusions that panel members consider appropriate. To assure complete independence of panel deliberations, the entire process is funded by the University.