Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Extend Faculty and Academic Excellence and Diversity

             Objective 1.1
Recruit, develop, retain, and promote an excellent and diverse faculty
             Objective 1.2
Invest in faculty excellence and plan for faculty turnover
             Objective 1.3
Ensure that academic programs are excellent, offer diverse intellectual perspectives, and advance global awareness
             Objective 1.4
Develop new academic programs that respond to regional, state, and national needs and student demand
             Objective 1.5
Provide academic facilities, libraries, and instructional and technology resources that support teaching, learning, research and creative activities
             Objective 1.6
Enhance University programs and services through aggressive fundraising, contracts and grants, public-private partnerships, and other entrepreneurial activities

Goal 2: Enhance the Quality of the Student Experience

             Objective 2.1
Develop and achieve student learning outcomes within academic programs and university-wide
             Objective 2.2
Develop and achieve university-wide student development outcomes
             Objective 2.3
Enhance student opportunities for active learning and participation within the university, regional, and global communities
             Objective 2.4
Create a vibrant campus life which engages our diverse student body
             Objective 2.5
Improve student retention and graduation rates
             Objective 2.6
Reduce existing achievement gaps in first-year retention, baccalaureate degree completion, and graduate and professional school readiness

Goal 3: Strengthen Community Engagement

            Objective 3.1
            Collaborate with partners in K-12 education, community colleges, and community- based organizations, and other entities
            to advance educational attainment within the region, including:
  1. increasing high school students' eligibility rates for college admission;
  2. increasing college-going rates among recent high school graduates; and
  3. increasing transfer readiness and success for community college students
  4. assisting adults without high school diplomas to complete high school equivalency requirements and participate in higher education
             Objective 3.2
Educate and partner with public and private organizations, elected officials, and other entities to support regional, state and national economic development
             Objective 3.3
Collaborate with community partners to enhance the quality of life in the region, including health status, and cultural and youth enrichment
             Objective 3.4
Improve accountability to the public for the educational effectiveness of the University

Goal 4: Develop an Excellent and Diverse Staff

             Objective 4.1
Recruit and retain excellent and diverse staff, supervisors, and managers; provide ongoing training and opportunities for professional growth; and plan for succession
             Objective 4.2
Create a performance management system that identifies the competencies and skills necessary to achieve campus goals and priorities and promotes individual accountability for excellent performance
             Objective 4.3
Ensure appropriate levels of staffing commensurate with current and future campus needs and available resources
             Objective 4.4
Recognize and reward excellent performance

Goal 5: Develop a Campus Culture With a Sense of Community and a Commitment to Organizational Excellence

             Objective 5.1
Promote a civil and collegial campus environment that values diversity and respect for differing views
             Objective 5.2
Honor and celebrate the achievements of the campus community
             Objective 5.3
Ensure that innovative, continuous improvement initiatives are developed and lead to the use of best practices in each campus department
             Objective 5.4
Promote practices across the campus that evidence a commitment to environmental sustainability
             Objective 5.5
Integrate alumni, parents, and friends into the life of the University
             Objective 5.6
Build financial capacity through revenue generation, and investment and budget management
             Objective 5.7
Achieve institutional effectiveness through shared governance, shared responsibility, and shared accountability for the excellence of the University