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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

NDSU Strategic Planning Committee Recommendations

Please add your voice to the Strategic Plan by emailing your input to: NDSU.strategic.plan@ndsu.edu

DRAFT
June 1, 2011

Introduction

The Strategic Planning Committee, representing university faculty, staff, and administrators, envisions North Dakota State University as a comprehensive and diverse institution with the characteristics of a top-20 research university that impacts the region, nation, and the world. As a student-focused Land Grant research university, we believe that we are uniquely positioned to achieve this vision.

Pursuant to the charge given to us by the President to identify key characteristics of programs that had achieved or had the potential to achieve excellence, three areas were identified as being integral to excellence in academic and research programs across disciplines. In all cases, the ability to attract and retain high-quality students and faculty, to give those individuals the tools they need to realize their potential, and to demonstrate the impact of the program in the region, nation, or world defines an excellent program. The top 20 nationally recognized programs in their respective disciplines were chosen as the standard of excellence.

A clear recognition that human, physical, and technical infrastructure support is critical for excellent programs to flourish and programs with great potential to achieve excellence resonated at every level of committee discussion. A university plan for infrastructure improvement and maintenance was seen as a foundational step in achieving and sustaining excellence. The committee strongly recommends that an independent development foundation dedicated to academics and research be established to realize the vision achievable by reaching the criteria listed below. In addition, the committee recommends that the existing Honors Program be bolstered and increase its offerings with the ultimate aim of converting it to a residential Honors College. Moreover, international experiences, both on campus and abroad, will be essential to providing exposure to diversity required to address ever-increasing economic, health-related, political, and social globalization.

Criteria for enhancing NDSU’s excellence in academic and research programs

With the top 20 nationally recognized programs in one’s discipline as a benchmark, one can compare both a program’s past record of success and the capacity for improvement based on the following three criteria...

  1. HUMAN CAPITAL

Establishing NDSU as the university of choice for an array of diverse, meritorious students

  • For undergraduate students, evidence may include ACT or SAT scores, high school GPA, class rank, number of valedictorians/salutatorians, eligibility for honors program, National Merit Scholarships, and other program-specific criteria.
  • For graduate students, evidence may include GRE scores, prior GPA, prescribed criteria for recruitment and selection of students, and other program-specific criteria.

Establishing NDSU as the university of choice for a diverse, world-class faculty

  • For early career faculty, evidence may include academic pedigree, success in training, and early indicators of success in the discipline.
  • For established career faculty, evidence may include meritorious recognition in the discipline at the regional, national, and/or international level.
  • For both early and later career faculty, evidence may include early promotion and tenure, awards received, special appointments, endowed chairs, ability to recruit graduate students and visiting scholars.
  • For the academic unit, the retention of outstanding faculty

2. OPPORTUNITY

Support for academic opportunities

  • Evidence for recruiting and retaining excellent students in undergraduate programs may include innovation in training, internships, national and international travel opportunities, research experiences and creative activities, leadership opportunities, scholarship of teaching, distance teaching and learning, and other program-specific criteria.
  • Evidence for enhancing academic graduate programs may include graduate assistant positions with competitive stipends and health benefits, professional development programs, research experiences and creative activities, national and international travel opportunities, networking opportunities, leadership training, distance teaching and learning, and other program-specific criteria.
  • Evidence of enhanced outreach activities

Support for creative activities and research opportunities

  • Evidence of human infrastructure to support the excellent programs or the creation of unique programs may include new faculty positions; appropriate faculty time to develop synergistic relationships between disciplines; qualified professional staff for performance and gallery spaces, research laboratories, and core laboratory facilities; sufficient administrative support (secretarial, grant writing, budget development, support personnel for exhibit and performance spaces, and/or other logistical support); and other program-specific criteria.
  • Evidence of support for the human infrastructure to create and sustain excellent programs or the creation of unique programs may include startup packages, operating funds, and the creation of opportunities for national and/or international professional development.
  • Evidence of physical infrastructure to support creative and research activities may include appropriately outfitted research or studio space, teaching space, office space, and other program-specific criteria.
  • Evidence of technical infrastructure support may include equipment, equipment service contracts, and space and support for core facilities.
  • Evidence of leveraging uniqueness

3. OUTCOMES

Results emanating from the input of human capital and the leveraging of opportunities

Evidence of the impact of the program on the state, region, nation, and/or world may be expressed in a number of ways and may include...

A. Scholarly Distinction
    ·  Accreditation of programs
    ·  Student performance on certification examinations, honors and awards received
    ·  Graduate placement in field or continuing education
    ·  Sustained peer-reviewed publication record
    ·  Sustained peer-reviewed and/or juried creative activities
    ·  Establishment of collaborative and multi-disciplinary efforts regionally, nationally, and internationally
    ·  Number of university distinguished professors/endowed chairs or programs
    ·  Nationally and/or internationally recognized faculty
    ·  Membership in one of the National Academies or equivalent distinction
    ·  Diversity
    ·  Demonstration of impact in the field
    ·  Establishment of new and leading areas of research
    ·  Patents

B. External Support
    ·  Amount of external funding
    ·  Diversity of external funding
    ·  Sustained funding
    ·  Meaningful and productive academic/business/industry/non-profit collaborations

C. Contributions to North Dakota and beyond
    ·  Number and quality of outreach activities
    ·  Meaningful and productive academic/business/industry/non-profit collaborations
    ·  Recognition as a regional, national, and/or global resource
    ·  Economic development, such as spin-off companies or increasing tourism
    ·  Workforce development for the 21st century
    ·  Fulfillment of Land Grant mission

 

Strategic Planning Committee

Members

Anderson, Dennis, Associate Vice President – Vice President for Research, Creative Activities, and Technology TransferBrown, Paul, Senior Lecturer – College of BusinessChisholm, Bret, Senior Research Scientist – Vice President for Research, Creative Activities, and Technology TransferClark Johnson, Virginia, Dean – College of Human Development and EducationCouncil, James, Professor – College of Science and MathematicsFitzgerald, Margaret, Associate Professor – College of Human Development and EducationGrafton, Ken, Dean – College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural ResourcesHeuer, Loretta, Associate Dean – College of Pharmacy, NursingHvidsten, Marie, Rural Leadership Specialist, NDSU Extension Service – FacilitatorIsern, Tom, Distinguished Professor – College of Arts, Humanities, and Social SciencesJohnson, Ron, Dean – College of BusinessKatti, Dinesh, Professor – College of Engineering and ArchitectureMartin, William, Professor/Unit Head – College of Human Development and EducationMaylath, Bruce, Professor – College of Arts, Humanities, and Social SciencesMiller, Donald, Professor/Chair – College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied SciencesO’Connor, Amy, Associate Professor – College of Arts, Humanities, and Social SciencesReynolds, Larry, Distinguished Professor – University Distinguished ProfessorsSchauer, Chris, Center Director – Vice President for Agriculture and University ExtensionSchuh, Jane, Assistant Professor – College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural ResourcesSibi, Mukund, Distinguished Professor – College of Science and Mathematics Smith, Gary, Dean – College of Engineering and ArchitectureTweten, Margaret, District Director – Vice President for Agriculture and University Extension

Ex-Officio/Advisory Members

Beehler, Jace, – StudentsHauck, Lisa, Director – International Programs Mayfield, Galen, Exec Director for Enterprise Computing and Application Development Information TechnologyOster-Aaland, Laura, Director for Orientation and Student Success – Student Recruitment/RetentionReid, Michele, Dean - LibrariesWittrock, David, Dean – Graduate School

Please add your voice to the Strategic Plan by emailing your input to: NDSU.strategic.plan@ndsu.edu

 

Monday, May 16, 2011

NDSU Strategic Planning Committee to prepare final report

 

NDSU’s Strategic Planning Committee is nearing completion of its work, with a report expected to be submitted to President Dean L. Bresciani by the end of May.

The group’s goal has been to provide criteria to identify academic and research programs that are at or near nationally, if not internationally, recognized status. These programs will be tabbed for future enhancement funding, when it becomes available.

During the committee’s May 13 meeting, discussion revolved around using top 20 research universities as a benchmark to compare various NDSU programs’ track records and potential.

The group narrowed down broad concepts developed at previous meetings into three themes: Input, Opportunity and Output. Input called for outstanding students and excellent faculty; Opportunity outlines such items as infrastructure support and the creation of unique programs; Output suggested the need for recognized and successful graduates and acknowledged faculty. Weaved into the report will be ideas regarding a stronger overall student profile, NDSU’s scholarly distinction, increased external support and contributions to the well-being of North Dakota and its residents.

“We had a lot of accomplishments today,” said Marie Hvidsten, rural leadership specialist and Rural Leadership North Dakota program director with the NDSU Extension Service, who serves as committee facilitator. “The group has come to consensus.”

Two committee members – University Distinguished Professor Larry Reynolds of animal sciences and Michele Reid, dean of libraries – were asked to write an introduction to the committee’s report.

The bulk of the draft report will be written by committee members Jane Schuh, assistant professor of veterinary and microbiological sciences; Bruce Maylath, professor of English; Dinesh Katti, professor of civil engineering; and University Distinguished Professor Mukund Sibi of chemistry and biochemistry. Hvidsten will assist the writing group, and the rest of the committee will provide input about the draft version.

“When the committee began, we started with all kinds of ideas. Today, the group not only found themes, it found commonality. That is what is powerful about group process,” Hvidsten said. “Members were very diligent about sharing ideas, listening to others and finding commonality.”

During the summer, the criteria will be provided to administrators of NDSU’s academic and research areas for the solicitation of a “Top 10” set of executive briefing proposals for potential funding, if investment resources become available.

The Strategic Planning Committee includes 20 members from across campus and six ex-officio members who serve in an advisory capacity.

 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

NDSU Strategic Planning Committee

May 13, 2011
Memorial Union
Room of Nations Room
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Welcome
Review agenda for meeting
Review goal(s) for the committee

Strategy: a plan or model for achieving a goal.

  • Our goal is to develop and forward a set of criteria for determining academic and research programs which, on a national if not also international basis are clearly established as excellent or have immediate potential to reach the same. The criteria should reflect such programs which most also promote the visibility, reputation, performance and contributions of NDSU. Indicative of those features would be programs that result in a stronger overall student profile, increase NDSU’s scholarly distinction, and increase external support for NDSU scholarly research and activities, particularly those that contribute to the well-being of North Dakota and its residents. 

Review drafts from April 15th meeting

Discuss and make decisions on criteria for academic programs of excellence

  • Possible criteria include: outstanding faculty, appropriate faculty time is given for planning, effective teaching methods, interdisciplinary focus, effective evaluation process, appropriate resources available, outstanding students, supportive administration, appropriate support staff time available,  program is unique to geographic/discipline area/area of need, motivate students to excel to higher levels of learning than they think they can do, motivate faculty to continuously improve coursework, relevant to appropriate constituency, freedom and ability to partner where needed is evident.

Discuss and make decisions on criteria for research programs of excellence

  • Possible criteria include: outstanding faculty, appropriate faculty time is given for research, faculty are trailblazers who define research areas, effective research methods, interdisciplinary focus, appropriate resources available, outstanding students/grad students, supportive administration, appropriate support staff time available, research is unique to geographic/discipline area/area of need, freedom and ability to partner where needed is evident, motivate students to excel to higher levels of research than they think they can do, motivate faculty to continuously improve research, research relevant to appropriate constituency, result of research include economic development e.g. new companies, patents.

Discuss format of report to President Bresciani

  • Executive Summary
  • Criteria for academic programs
  • Criteria for research programs
  • Related comments, ideas, suggestions
  • List of committee members

 

Friday, April 21, 2011

Strategic Planning Committee continues work

The NDSU Strategic Planning Committee continues its work to define the institution's outstanding programs as the campus prepares for the future. The group's second meeting was April 15.

The group's goal is to provide criteria to identify academic and research programs that are at or near nationally, if not internationally, recognized status. These programs will be tabbed for future enhancement funding, when it becomes available. The committee includes 20 members from across campus and six ex-officio members who serve in an advisory capacity.

Marie Hvidsten, rural leadership specialist and Rural Leadership North Dakota program director with the NDSU Extension Service, serves as committee facilitator. During the two-hour session, she led the group through a list of strategic planning themes identified at an earlier meeting and the group developed some draft ideas.

Those ideas and themes included:

• Excellence in faculty and quality of students, with a goal of a faculty and students that resemble the faculty and students at the top 20 research universities in the country.

• Funding, economic development and marketing

• Infrastructure, buildings and uniqueness, with a goal to have the characteristics of a top 20 research institution

• Collaborations and partnerships

• Recognition of programs and excellence in teaching

• Attributes of various centers and programs

"The committee made good progress in narrowing down the data generated from the first meeting," said Hvidsten. "We will continue the prioritizing process at our next meeting in May."

Hvidsten said the committee will meet again May 13 and a final report on the suggested criteria will be forwarded to President Bresciani by May 18. During the summer, the criteria will be provided to administrators of NDSU's academic and research areas for the solicitation of a "Top 10" set of executive briefing proposals for potential funding, if investment resources become available.

 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

NDSU Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
April 15, 2011 - 10 a.m. - Noon
Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse, Room 101A
Agenda

 

Monday, March 28, 2011

Marie Hvidsten, who is working as moderator for campus strategic planning, has compiled these two documents based on the group's first meeting and email from committee members who were unable to attend the meeting March 18. 

Themes/Responses for Discover Questions

Themes/Responses for Dream Questions

In an email to the planning committee including these documents, Hvidsten wrote: 

"As you read through the documents you will notice I have categorized the ideas into themes. We will discuss the names I have given the themes at our April 15th meeting and 'check-in' with meeting participants about additional themes we should add to the list.

"Our ultimate goal for the April 15 meeting is to take the themed ideas and begin to develop a set of criteria for determining academic and research programs that have reached or are near reaching a level of excellence that is recognized nationally if not internationally. These criteria will be forwarded to President Bresciani before April 29." 

The committee next meets 10 a.m. Friday, April 15. 

 

Friday, March 18, 2011

Strategic Planning Committee begins its work

The North Dakota State University Strategic Planning Committee has begun its work to define the institution’s outstanding programs as the campus prepares for the future. The group’s initial meeting was March 18.

The group’s goal is to provide criteria to identify academic and research programs that are at or near nationally, if not internationally, recognized status. These programs will be tabbed for future enhancement funding, when it becomes available.

“We are at an exciting point,” NDSU President Dean L. Bresciani told the committee, which includes 20 members from across campus and six ex-officio members who serve in an advisory capacity.

Bresciani expressed confidence the university will receive additional funding and support in the future, and the committee’s work will play a significant role. “When we get resources, this strategic planning process will be important for an immediate turnaround,” he said. “We’ll be able to act quickly and the university will flourish as a result.”

Marie Hvidsten, rural leadership specialist and Rural Leadership North Dakota program director with the NDSU Extension Service, serves as committee facilitator. She led the group through a process called “appreciative inquiry,” as characteristics of current excellent programs were examined and dreams for the future explored.

“What are the attributes of excellence?” Hvidsten asked committee members. “Look for the best of the best in NDSU’s academic and research programs. What makes them a step above?”

Through a three-hour process of small- and large-group discussions, a general picture of possible parameters for excellence emerged.

The committee said necessities include state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure, with outstanding faculty and students. Members said excellent programs require uniqueness, focus, innovation, exceptional student opportunities and ample start-up funding, while meeting real needs. Other suggestions called for nationally recognized inter-disciplinary programs that work in collaboration with other universities.

“This was thoughtful and thought-provoking meeting. I saw a lot of great ideas,” Hvidsten, who will prepare a detailed report outlining the material discussed at the meeting. “That document will help us understand what was said today, and then we will next need to prioritize, to decide what is most important.”

The committee is expected to meet again before the suggested list of criteria is forwarded to President Bresciani by April 29. During the summer, the criteria will be provided to administrators of NDSU’s academic and research areas for the solicitation of a “Top 10” set of executive briefing proposals for potential funding, if investment resources become available.

Hvidsten’s report on the committee meeting is expected to be available for viewing by March 25 at www.ndsu.edu/president/strategic_planning.

 

Wednesday, March 15, 2011

NDSU names Strategic Planning Committee

 

North Dakota State University has announced the membership of the Strategic Planning Committee, which will help define the institution’s outstanding programs as the campus prepares for the future. The group has scheduled its initial meeting for Friday, March 18.

The formation of the group is the next step in NDSU’s strategic planning process, following the completion of input through several listening groups.

The committee includes 20 members from across campus and six ex-officio members who will serve in an advisory capacity. The group’s goal is to provide criteria to identify academic and research programs that are at or near nationally, if not internationally, recognized status. These programs would be tabbed for future enhancement funding if that becomes available.

The criteria, which is to be forwarded to President Dean L. Bresciani by April 29, is expected to define programs that promote the visibility, reputation, performance and contributions of NDSU. Among them are the identification of programs that result in a stronger overall student profile, increase NDSU’s scholarly distinction and increase external support for NDSU scholarly research and activities.

In a message to the campus on Feb. 9, Bresciani said the committee members would be nominated by deans and vice presidents to achieve broad-based representation. “Reflecting NDSU's distinction as a student focused, land grant, research university, this process will be driven by NDSU's teaching, outreach and research activities,” Bresciani said.

The committee’s resulting work will be shared with the entire campus community for feedback and reaction before being finalized as guiding criteria. It will then during the summer be provided to administrators of NDSU’s academic and research areas for the solicitation of a “Top 10” set of executive briefing proposals for potential funding, if investment resources become available.

Marie Hvidsten, rural leadership specialist and Rural Leaderships North Dakota program director with the NDSU Extension Service, will serve as committee facilitator. “This a really important discussion that we have at a campus level. We always need to be looking at how we can improve our programming in academics, research and areas of excellence, which is what this work is going to focus on,” she said.

Hvidsten said the committee will use a technique called “appreciative inquiry,” where thought-provoking questions will strive to get at new thinking, and current excellent programs will be recognized.

“We will also think about our wishes and dreams for the university,” Hvidsten said. “If resources were unlimited and nothing stood in our way, what do we know about our research and academic capabilities that point out things we would add?”

Committee members and the areas they represent:

Ken Grafton, dean – College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural ResourcesJane Schuh, assistant professor – College of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Natural ResourcesMargaret Tweten, district director – Vice President for Agriculture and University ExtensionChris Schauer, center director – Vice President for Agriculture and University ExtensionMukund Sibi, University Distinguished Professor – College of Science and MathematicsJames Council, professor - College of Science and MathematicsVirginia Clark Johnson, dean – College of Human Development and EducationMargaret Fitzgerald, associate professor – College of Human Development and EducationGary Smith, dean – College of Engineering and ArchitectureDinesh Katti, professor – College of Engineering and ArchitectureLoretta Heuer, associate dean – College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied SciencesDonald Miller, professor and chair – College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied SciencesDennis Anderson, associate vice president – Vice President for Research, Creative Activities, and Technology TransferBret Chisholm, senior research scientist – Vice President for Research, Creative Activities, and Technology TransferPaul Brown, senior lecturer – College of BusinessRon Johnson, dean – College of BusinessTom Isern, University Distinguished Professor – College of Arts, Humanities, and Social SciencesBruce Maylath, professor – College of Arts, Humanities, and Social SciencesLarry Reynolds, University Distinguished Professor – University Distinguished Professors

Ex-Officio/Advisory Members:

Laura Oster Aaland, director – Student Recruitment/RetentionLisa Hauck, director – International ProgramsDavid Wittrock, dean – Graduate SchoolMichele Reid, dean – LibrariesGalen Mayfield, executive director – Information TechnologyJace Beehler – Students

 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

President Dean Bresciani's Strategic Planning letter to campus

 

Campus community members, 

I am writing to provide information about the next stage of Strategic Planning at NDSU. As you know, we began last semester with listening groups to gather input in a number of areas from as many participants as possible. I appreciate the time and effort that more than 400 of you put in to the listening group process and the many more who provided additional comments online.  Your input has provided countless points for further conversation, and the catalyst for the next stage of our planning.

That next phase will begin in a few days, as a group representing NDSU’S scholarly interests across campus will begin to develop a set of criteria for determining academic and research programs that have reached or are near reaching a level of excellence that is recognized nationally if not internationally.  The resulting criteria should identify programs that best promote the success, reputation and contributions of NDSU. The results will be provided to senior academic and research leadership in the summer, for solicitation of funding proposals to be prepared and ready if investment resources become available in the future. 

Reflecting NDSU's distinction as a student focused, land grant, research university, this process will be driven by NDSU's teaching, outreach and research activities, with representation from those areas nominated by relevant deans and vice presidents, and advised by related academic support interests: 

  • Colleges
  • University Distinguished Professors
  • Vice President for Research
  • Vice President for Agricultural Research and Extension

Ex Officio non-voting members:

  • Director of Orientation and Student Success
  • Director of International Programs
  • Graduate School, dean or designee
  • Dean of  Libraries
  • Executive Director for Enterprise Computing and Application Development
  • Student Government Executive Commissioner of Academic and Student Affairs 

Marie Hvidsten, Rural Leadership Specialist and Program Director with the NDSU Extension Service, will serve as facilitator.

Thank you all for your interest and participation in shaping the future of North Dakota's student focused, land grant, research university.

Dean L. Bresciani, President
North Dakota State University

 

Monday, February 7, 2011

Strategic Planning Committee

 

Goal: Identify programs to be considered for possible future enhancement funding that would extend existing programs of excellence or make it possible for programs with the most immediate potential to reach excellence, while in parallel advancing the visibility, reputation, performance and contributions of NDSU.

Facilitator: Marie Hvidsten, Ed.D.
Rural Leadership Specialist/RLND Program Director
North Dakota State University Extension Service

Members: encourage blend of faculty/research rank, disciplines, and diversity in age, gender, ethnicity, and culture.

Colleges: two representatives each; no more than one of whom is in an administrative position (Asst./Assoc. Dean or Dean)University Distinguished Professors: one, chosen by the UDP groupVice President for Research: two representatives; no more than one of whom is in an administrative position (Asst./Assoc. Director, Asst./Associate Vice President, or Vice President)Vice President for Agricultural Research and Extension: two representatives; no more than one of whom is in an administrative position (Asst./Assoc. Director or Director of Ag Research and Extension)

Ex-Officio/Advisory (non-voting):

Student Recruitment/Retention: Director of Orientation and Student SuccessInternational Programs: Director of International ProgramsGraduate School: Dean of Graduate School or DesignateLibraries: Dean of LibrariesInformation Technology: Executive Director for Enterprise Computing and Application DevelopmentStudents: Student Government Executive Commissioner of Academic & Student Affairs

Work Product:
By April 29, 2011, develop and forward to the president a set of criteria for determining academic programs, which, on a national if not also international basis are clearly established as excellent or have immediate potential to reach same. The criteria should reflect such programs which most also promote the visibility, reputation, performance and contributions of NDSU.  Indicative of those features would be programs that result in a stronger overall student profile, increase NDSU’s scholarly distinction, and increase external support for NDSU scholarly research and activities, particularly those that contribute to the well-being of North Dakota and its residents.

Future Application:
In the summer of 2011, resulting criteria will be provided to senior academic leaders (College Deans and relevant Vice Presidents) for solicitation of a “Top 10” set of executive briefing proposals, from areas in each of their portfolios, for potential funding if investment resources become available.


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