Planning Committee Progress Report

August 2010óJanuary 2011

Chairs: Vish Prasad, Vice President for Research and Economic Development; Celia Williamson, Deputy Provost

Members: Allen Clark, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness; Gilda Garcia, Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity; Deborah Leliaert, Vice President of University Relations, Communications and Marketing; Michael Monticino, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Jim Scott, Dean of the College of Music; Jason Simon, Director, Research, Assessment and Planning in the Division of Student Affairs; Karen Weiller, Associate Professor and former Faculty Senate Chair

Ex-officio Members: Kenneth Sewell, Associate Vice President for Research and Professor of Psychology; and Janet Zipperlen, Director of Integrated Fundraising Communications in the Division of URCM

Background: In late July, 2010 President Rawlins established a Planning Committee and charged it with developing a document that would provide, for the UNT community and the community at large, a clear sense of the essential compatibility and alignment of UNTís Five-Year Strategic Plan (2008-2013) and the ten-year Strategic Plan for Research (2011-2020). This document should reaffirm UNTís commitment to becoming a national research university built upon current and emerging areas of excellence; provide clearly articulated goals and priorities to be realized within an aggressive timeframe; and challenge each member of the university community to actively contribute toward these goals.

Committee Work: Through a series of weekly meetings the committee created a draft set of goals and strategies that were presented at the Presidentís Leadership Retreat in late September. After incorporating feedback received from the Presidentís Cabinet members and others at the retreat, the draft plan was offered to the larger UNT community for feedback. An official request for feedback was issued on October 18 and the web portal was open for two weeks. In a day-long retreat in early November, the committee reviewed and incorporated feedback from the university community. The new draft was presented to the Presidentís Cabinet and the Presidentís Key Leadership group for comment. The committee again worked to incorporate those comments, arriving at a near-final version of the goals and strategies, lacking only appropriate editorial work for clear and powerful presentation. The next step in the committeeís work was to identify specific measures that could be used to track progress toward the goals. These were presented to the Presidentís Cabinet on December 13th, with the understanding that the metrics to be associated with the measures Ė the baseline, benchmarks, goals and timeline Ė would be added by the various Presidentís Councils and Vice Presidents with responsibilities in those areas.

The measures associated with the university-level plan are, of necessity, broad and inclusive. Individual units within the university may add measures and metrics to their own unit-level plans that will support the university efforts. This will occur as various units across the university develop specific goals and strategies in support of the broader goals. The unit-level goals and measures will need to be examined to assure that the cumulative result of their efforts is sufficient to achieve the university-wide goals.

Status: The Consolidated Strategic Plan with the associated measures was delivered to the President and his Cabinet. The plan is being used as the basis for the university's new five-year strategic plan, which is under development.



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