Hurdles are barriers to our path. In the case of strategic plans, these are often pressure points or processes that create challenges to progress. In an effort to remove barriers to progress/strategic thinking, these "Hurdles" are being addressed so as not to detract from the laser focus on the future.                     

Some hurdles are easy to remove/solve, but in some cases they are more complex and require more resources and time to address. The table below describes some of the hurdles that have been addressed. More will be added as more barriers are removed.

To report what you think is a hurdle that should be addressed, please email

Testing ServicesCenter to support testing accommodations; aims to support students needs and provide faculty support.Launched in Fall 2022, this new offering has been well received by faculty and students according to a survey of those using the services. 
Transportation ServicesBus transportation is not meeting needs of the population going to and from Mountaintop and Goodman campuses.Transportation Services launched pilot routes in January 2023, and continue to run the routes that were piloted. The new transit app with more reliable route information is fully deployed. Transportation Services will continue to assess the services and routes. 
Parking ServicesParking fee structure feedback suggests modifications to policy and fees should be considered.Parking Services will be completing the analysis they began in late Spring 2023, and communicating planned adjustments in the Spring 2024 semester.  Changes will take effect in FY 2025.
Budget ProcessCurrently, resource planning depends on multiple spreadsheets and manual processes.The Budget Office is in the process of implementing Syntellis to synchronize plans with forecasts and provide an interface for end-users; launch expected late Spring 2024.
Mountaintop ServicesMountaintop occupants/users lack clarity on services provided, seek more food options and better parking and transportation.A Mountaintop commuter parking permit with evening and weekend privileges is available Fall 2023. Amazon lockers have also been recently added to make package delivery more accessible. Food truck every Thursday in front of Iacocca. Refer to Mountaintop Field Guide for services, new transportation routes and parking guidance.
Contact lists for group email distributionsPeriodically, Facilities and other central offices need to communicate with groups of our community on non-emergency-related location-based matters. Systems are dispersed across campus and lack a sufficient workflow.The solution leverages an already existing reporting tool (Argos) to generate distribution emails/data based on criteria of building location, department, and class offerings. This allows for the grouping of buildings, departments, and classes for distribution as needed for location-based email/targeted communications. Additional improvements are planned to expand the use case for this tool going forward.
Policy RepositoryPolicies are posted to various websites across campus and there is not a central location where they can all be found. 

The Office of the Provost is approaching this implementation in various phases:

  • Phase I: New Policy Website. The policy website structure has been built, and is in the testing phase, with a go live date of March 15, 2024. The new website will replace the current policy website. The Office of General Counsel and the Provost's Office are in the final stages of implementing policy templates and naming conventions to aid in consistency.  
  • Phase II: Policy Audit. This phase is in the planning stages. Policies will be updated and published on the new site, in a new format, or linked to policies behind a login. 
  • Phase III: Policy Updates and Maintenance. Planning has not yet started for this phase. The goal for this process will be to provide transparent updates of policies that are open to campus community feedback. There is also a plan for the development of a policy archive repository. 
Staff and faculty compensationStaff and Faculty retention and hiring is a priority in a particularly challenging job market. Perception of salary equity across markets needs to be validated and corrected if adjustments are needed. 

Formal reviews have been conducted seeking comparison of staff and faculty compensation internally and with external peers to determine if any adjustments need to be made. Where needed, adjustments are being applied. 

For staff, this discipline will be applied each year to highlight and address needed adjustments. 

For faculty, Lehigh plans to engage in a similar salary review and adjustment process in future years to work to maintain a salary structure that is equitable and competitive.

Faculty lab readinessOccasional delays in lab fit-out/set-up can impact research for our faculty hires.Commitment to lab readiness within six months of a faculty hire has been made and met.
Off-Cycle resource requestsThere are numerous resource requests during the course of the year, outside of the resource planning process.

A tool was created to promote better planning and stewardship, and to better enable request tracking. The form for requests is now available on the Budget Office website, and can be accessed here.


Accessibility at Alumni Memorial Building Bus Stop LocationAccessibility to the bus stop location in front of Alumni Memorial Building could be improved, and not located on a grassy area.Upgrades to the bus stop location are in progress including adding a concrete pad, bus shelter, and new walkways to access the shelter. It is anticipated that these improvements will be completed in late Spring 2024.
Classroom Furniture ConditionsFurniture is sometimes not conducive to an engaging or inclusive learning environment.The University has been systematically replacing older classroom furniture and fixed seating with new furniture.  The new furniture includes larger, articulating tablet arms and a percentage of left handed tablets. This work is ongoing.
Collegiate Travel Partners (CTP)Training with CTP agents on Lehigh's policies is ongoing to ensure customer service expectations are being met. After completing three demos with CTP's new Lightning travel reservation system with various Lehigh influencer groups (frequent travelers and reservation makers), it has been decided to migrate Lehigh to this more user friendly, feature-rich version to benefit the campus community. Purchasing continues to partner with internal frequent travel teams to review CTP's service performance and will make a final decision regarding ongoing partnership with CTP by the end of the Spring 2024 semester.