Faced with tightening budgets, technological disruption and increased public debate about the value of a college degree, institutions everywhere are coming to the realization that the days of 'business as usual' are quickly drawing to a close.
The past fiscal year has brought significant change to Missouri S&T and the University of Missouri System, with new leadership at both the campus and system level, and the creation of this comprehensive strategic plan. It’s also been a year of great change for higher education at the national level. Faced with tightening budgets, technological disruption and increased public debate about the value of a college degree, institutions everywhere are coming to the realization that the days of “business as usual” are quickly drawing to a close.
At Missouri S&T, we aren’t waiting for an imminent crisis to force us to act. By undertaking this thorough and comprehensive strategic planning process over the past year, we are ready to move forward confidently into the future, rather than have decisions thrust upon us by external forces.
“We are ready to move forward confidently into the future.”
Our legacy over the past 143 years provides a remarkable foundation upon which to build. Together with traditions and structure, our understanding of S&T and its people energizes us to embrace the present and create the future. Rooted in this broad and inclusive strategic planning preparation — and upheld by standards that reflect what is important and guide our decisions — we envision a sense of place for the S&T of 2020 manifested by providing a top return on investment to our key customers. I am gratified to see that this comprehensive strategic planning process has helped clarify our mission and the strategy we employ to fulfill our overall vision, which is to be the first place people go for innovation in research, education and partnerships to address our world’s critical challenges.
I encourage you to spend some time learning about our strategic plan, which will serve as a blueprint for S&T’s future for years to come. I am especially grateful to the thousands of students, faculty, staff, alumni, business partners, research partners and others who helped shape this plan. You have inspired us to think candidly about how we can add value and change lives while staying true to our core mission and values.
Located in Rolla, Mo., Missouri S&T offers more than 100 undergraduate degree options in a variety of majors – including engineering, the sciences, business and information technology, the humanities, and the liberal arts – as well as more than 150 master’s and Ph.D. offerings.
We will cultivate curiosity, creativity and confidence in our graduates. We will be the institution of choice for partners around the world seeking a highly qualified, talented and entrepreneurial workforce; innovative research; relevant educational programs, products and services; and technology and ideas to solve the great challenges of our time.
We add exceptional value. The rewards of the Missouri S&T experience extend far beyond a college education, valued degree or gratifying career. The S&T experience prepares you for a fulfilling life defined by the confidence to succeed, a desire to excel and a love of learning that never stops.
We are innovators. Building a better world demands a creative spark, innovative and entrepreneurial approaches, and curiosity to discover and explore new solutions to the world’s great challenges.
We hold ourselves accountable for our actions. We strive to uphold the highest ethical standards, to conduct ourselves with trustworthiness and respect for all of humanity, and to instill in our campus community these same principles.
We live by example. As stewards of the public goodwill, the financial resources entrusted to us, and the environment, we emphasize resilient and sustainable practices in all our endeavors.
We are great partners. We focus on adding value and creating mutually beneficial partnerships. The solutions to today’s great challenges require agile collaboration, teamwork and engagement with our stakeholders, both on campus and in the greater business, civic, national and international communities.
We are an inclusive, welcoming community. We seek to build a creative learning environment marked by openness, understanding and valuing all people and perspectives.
1.1 Require undergraduates to participate in at least one significant experiential learning activity
1.2 Foster innovation and creativity for faculty, staff and students
1.3 Establish database of measures to define student access to faculty and staff
1.4 Create professional and leadership development opportunities for faculty, staff, alumni and students
1.5 Encourage and enhance collaboration in teaching and research
2.1 Employ strategic hiring in select areas of expertise to support best-in-class achievements
2.2 Leverage S&T as Missouri’s technological research university
2.3 Develop a culture of excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity
2.4 Execute a communication and marketing plan to raise the visibility and convey return on investment
2.5 Use current and new technology that will enhance student learning and increase faculty productivity
2.6 Improve infrastructure that enables faculty and student abilities and accomplishments
2.7 Address administrative structural changes to facilitate strategy and enhance national visibility
3.1 Modify current academic programs to ensure they enhance S&T’s status as a national research university
3.2 Centralize corporate relations to improve service to existing corporate partners and establish new partnerships
3.3 Improve facilities to enhance research and student learning, and expand experiential learning
3.4 Promote inclusion and increase diversity to remain relevant and competitive in a global environment
3.5 Create and implement a student and alumni lifetime engagement strategy
3.6 Devise convenient technology-based methods of accessibility and engagement with external constituents
3.7 Market campus strengths to both domestic and international audiences
3.8 Exercise leadership in sustainability on campus by integrating sustainability practices in daily operations
3.9 Conduct a comprehensive fundraising campaign to secure private support for campus priorities
4.1 Create a comprehensive distance and online education strategy
4.2 Enhance instructional labs and methods of developing lab experiences
4.3 Enhance innovative use of technologies to improve and facilitate access
4.4 Ensure renowned faculty teach and interact with undergraduate students
4.5 Engage in transformative doctoral student recruiting, retention and placement
4.6 Improve student, faculty and staff mentoring and advising
4.7 Identify and remove barriers to graduate and reduce time to degree for students
4.8 Expand access to renowned faculty through enhanced recruiting and retention
4.9 Promote non- traditional activities outside of classroom
A formal process will be established to tie departmental and unit plans and individual accomplishments to the Missouri S&T strategy for success, and resource allocation will be based on unit and individual contributions.
The five-year overview of cumulative cost to implement the plan approaches a $40 million investment. More than half of the funds will come from budget reallocation. Other funding sources include private and public sources, student fees, and endowment income.
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