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January 7, 2016

Some strategic plan initiatives outlined

Specifics are taking shape in accord with the University’s ongoing strategic planning process.

More is to come, said David DeJong, executive vice provost, but a half-dozen initiatives for advancing the strategic plan  — and what will be done this year to move those initiatives toward long-term goals — have been laid out.

Highlights of this year’s goals include plans to:

  • Develop a series of MOOCs to train faculty and staff on diversity and inclusion;
  • Establish a faculty fellows program that will support implementation of best practices in their disciplines;
  • Streamline the process for visits from international scholars;
  • Buy an enterprise customer relationship management system;
  • Review advising practices with a renewed focus on individual student outcomes, and
  • Expand Center for Instructional Development and Distance Education staff in the areas of personalized learning, discipline-specific learning, assessment and next-generation technologies.

The six initiatives are to:

  • Enrich the campus environment by becoming a laboratory for the development, testing and implementation of innovative, discipline-based approaches to teaching and learning.
  • Enrich the on-campus learning environment through a more personalized approach to the student experience.
  • Partner for impact.
  • Create a diverse, inclusive environment.
  • Create an environment with support structures aligned to our mission and free of unnecessary barriers to success.
  • Create a data- and computation-rich environment.

The full list is detailed in a link in the “working groups” section at

DeJong said forums will be scheduled this term to provide the University community an opportunity to react; feedback also can be provided via the strategic planning site.

—Kimberly K. Barlow   

Filed under: Feature,Volume 48 Issue 9

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