The College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) Strategic Initiatives are organized around the five goals of the NDSU Strategic Plan for 2021-2026: “Our Future: Innovation, Outreach and Education”
- Diversity, Inclusivity, and Respect
- Student Success and Achievement
- Research and Creative Activities
- Education, Extension and Outreach
- Resource Planning and Development
Purpose of 2022-2027 Strategic Initiatives Plan
The CSM Strategic Initiatives Plan is a living document, which will be reviewed and updated annually. The purpose of the plan is to guide departmental initiatives that may promote and strengthen the College and the University and to encourage and facilitate engagement and collaboration among departments. Based on outcomes and evidence, the action items will be regularly evaluated and adjusted to best address and achieve the goals.
The mission of the College of Science and Mathematics is to provide support for the land-grant mission of North Dakota State University by promoting learning through innovative pedagogies, supporting research that advances the sciences, and building partnerships and programs to improve society.
CSM will achieve the mission through innovative research, teaching, outreach, and programs that are open and welcoming to all, and through building pathways that empower people to pursue their passions and contribute to a positive future.
- Excellence – designing and supporting basic and applied research and teaching activities and programs that advance knowledge and prepare students to become critical thinkers and global citizen leaders in the STEM fields.
- Making a difference – developing and applying innovative teaching practices that integrate research to promote the common good and to create a learning community that is reflective of our diverse, interdependent world.
- Inclusivity and equity – nurturing awareness that mobilizes College-wide efforts to foster meaningful relationships, reducing inequities across differences, including diverse cultural communities, identities, and competencies.
- Relevance – leading research for scientific advancement, discovery, and understanding for the common good.
- Respect and integrity – respecting, engaging, and listening to faculty, staff, students, and stakeholders; holding to our principles and ideals and fulfilling our commitments.
Action items below are in priority order based on feedback from faculty, staff, and students.
Diversity, Inclusivity, Equity, Respect: Maximizing representation, having a diverse student body, faculty, and staff, and promoting belonging are critical to the missions of CSM and NDSU and to the core mission of exploration and discovery in a connected world. We are committed to identifying and removing barriers for a just academic experience and a healthy research community. This commitment is at the forefront of each goal for CSM.
Improve workplace culture and transparency.
- Assess existing data from NDSU surveys and collect demographic data to improve workplace culture, infrastructure, and program needs in CSM.
- Review and develop all departmental and College policies to uphold and strengthen principles of inclusivity, equity, respect, and transparency.
- Conduct listening events to improve transparency and facilitate communication.
Cultivate an active recruiting plan that includes students, faculty, and staff from all groups.
- Identify reciprocal relationships among high schools to recruit students from all groups, including those historically marginalized in STEM.
- Facilitate and reward involvement with the Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) program.
- Promote and incentivize engagement of faculty and staff in campus-wide trainings and workshops that address issues of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and respect.
- Under way: Develop holistic review and admissions guidelines for graduate students.
Cultivate a climate of respect, value, and support for all researchers.
- Develop College-wide professional development and mentoring programs to advance and retain faculty, graduate students, post-docs, and research staff.
- Support diverse research approaches and value them in PTE processes (e.g., multi-PI collaborations, interdisciplinary teams, etc.).
- Establish competitive, sustainable graduate research and teaching assistantships.
Student Success and Achievement: Enhance student success through innovative and effective instruction and through enriching educational and research opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom.
Identify and eliminate barriers to student success and achievement inside and outside the classroom.
- Develop and implement CSM best practices undergraduate advising model.
- Develop, implement, and promote “CSM: Science and Mathematics Investigative Learning Experiences (SMILE) ,” Intentional programs that build with student development, e.g. undergraduate research, internships, professional exploration, research honors program.
- Establish College-wide opportunities and experiences for underrepresented groups.
Improve our students’ academic success and career preparedness with essential benefits, outcome-based, experiential learning opportunities, and vital student-support services.
- Seek funding for graduate student health insurance from Graduate School and CSM.
- Develop a CSM Undergraduate Research Honors Program.
- Expand and improve online and HyFlex general education course offerings, certificate programs, 4+1 MS degree programs, and non-degree-seeking offerings.
Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities: Engage in basic and translational research and increase the quality and quantity of scholarly activities to generate new insights and knowledge that will benefit society and address central challenges of our global future.
Provide support for the full life-cycle of proposals, grants, and contracts.
- Continue to improve pre-award proposal support to reduce barriers to submission.
- Expand support for post-award activities.
- Open forums and continued discussions with VPRCAT and Grants Office about how we can make the application AND spending a more copacetic process.
Support faculty to establish and grow successful and transformative research programs.
- Better support and encourage faculty development (sabbaticals, workshops, panels).
- Encourage, evaluate, and reward collaborative research proposals.
- Support and grow high-impact research programs, including discipline-based education research.
- Under way: Strengthen support and mentoring for new faculty, including advice on using start-up funding.
Education, Extension, Community Outreach, and Resource Planning: Provide innovative, student-centered, high-quality education and conduct transformative research that impacts the state through meaningful outreach.
Raise College visibility and involvement in the broader scientific community.
- Support and build relationships with industry, national labs, and governmental agencies to provide internships and create opportunities for students.
- Invest in more focused outreach, targeting entities such as state decision-makers, state-wide business partners and identify NDSU-State research connections.
- Assess the effectiveness of current outreach activities and programs: Science Café, Community Lecture, CSM Student Ambassadors, etc.
- Completed: Hire a person to facilitate communication between private donors, alumni, and researchers within the College.
- Completed and ongoing: Establish CSM Board of Advisors and priorities.
Develop College of Science and Mathematics unique identity.
- Showcase major research accomplishments of CSM faculty, staff, and students.
- Advertise achievements of CSM faculty, staff, and students through NDSU communication channels and track engagement on social media.
- Profile CSM student and faculty researchers and historical figures from underrepresented groups during each semester.
- Ongoing: Design promotional materials that reflect CSM strengths.
- Ongoing: Redesign website presence with consistency among departments.
Attract new students by promoting student success prior to admission to NDSU.
- Identify reciprocal relationships among school districts, teachers, Office of Teaching and Learning, TRIO, CSM faculty, such as dual degree high school credits.
- Substitute ACT and SAT scores with grades and more meaningful metrics for admission.
- Support and assess the effectiveness of current next generation programs: Science Olympiad, PICNICS, REUs, Governor’s School, etc.