Work Proceeds on University Strategic Plan
Town Hall Meetings Provide Opportunities for Faculty, Staff and Student Input
Feb. 4, 2013
Deanna Merino-Contino offers comments.
The university’s strategic planning process moved another step toward completion Monday as campus faculty and staff members and students gathered in the first of two Town Hall meetings scheduled this week.
At Monday's session, community members focused discussion on the first two of the four goals identified following a campuswide meeting last fall, which was attended by more than 400 students, faculty and staff. The four goals are:
- develop and maintain a curricular and co-curricular environment that prepares students for participation in a global society and meets workforce needs;
- improve student persistence, increase graduation rates, and narrow the achievement gap for underrepresented students;
- recruit and retain a high-quality and diverse faculty and staff;
- and Increase revenue through fundraising, entrepreneurial activities, grants, and contracts.
Monday’s town hall paid particular attention to the role of assessment in evaluating curricular progress and the value of high-impact learning practices in student retention and graduation rates.
The town halls are part of a two-phase rollout. Following each meeting, members of the campus community are invited to provide feedback online.
A second Town Hall meeting will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Titan Student Union’s Portola Pavilion. The focus on Thursday’s sessions will be on the recruitment and retention of high-quality and diverse faculty and staff, and on increasing revenue through fundraising, entrepreneurial activities, grants and contracts.
On Feb. 11, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will review the feedback provided at both Town Halls and online. By late March, the committee will begin finalizing the strategic plan for a public presentation on April 12.