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10-11-04

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Benjamin Allen, VP for academic affairs and provost and chair of Strategic Planning Committee, (515) 294-0070

Annette Hacker, News Service, (515) 294-3720

Comments sought on second draft of plan

AMES, Iowa -- The latest draft of Iowa State University's next strategic plan reflects many of the comments that were submitted after the release of the first draft, said Ben Allen, vice president for academic affairs, provost and head of the strategic planning committee.

"We're grateful to the 200-plus faculty, staff, students and alumni who commented on the first draft," Allen said. "The comments were thoughtful and constructive, and the committee carefully considered them all as it worked on the second draft."

The new draft was released today (Oct. 11) and is available online at http://www.public.iastate.edu/~newplan.

It calls for the university to focus efforts over the next five years (2005-2010) on five main priorities -- strengthening all students' education to enhance their success; increasing the number of graduate, professional and research programs that are among the best; translating discoveries into products and services that strengthen the Iowa economy; enhancing Iowa's appeal as a place to live, learn, work and play; and ensuring that the university is a great place to learn and work.

Allen encourages the campus community and others to offer comments and suggestions on the second draft of the plan. Those comments should be submitted by Oct. 29 to strategicplan@iastate.edu. (The comments will be posted periodically, without attribution, on the strategic planning web site.)

After the second round of comments have been received, the strategic planning committee will make final revisions on the plan. The plan goes to the Faculty Senate for discussion in November and the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, in February or March.

Summary of the Strategic Plan Draft

Mission

Create, share and apply knowledge to make Iowa and the world a better place.

Vision

Iowa State University will be the best at advancing the Land-Grant ideal and putting science and technology to work.

Priorities and Goals for 2005-2010

Strengthen undergraduate, graduate and professional education to enhance student success at and beyond Iowa State University.

Among goals: Improve the rigor and challenge of academic programs. Improve students' critical thinking and communication skills. Increase interdisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities. Enhance programs for high-ability students. Develop and reward excellent teaching.

Increase the number of graduate, professional and research programs that are among the best -- especially in areas that build on university strengths and address critical needs and opportunities.

Among goals: Recruit and retain outstanding faculty. Increase the number and elevate the overall quality of graduate students. Leverage strengths in science and technology, with emphasis on interdisciplinary initiatives involving biological, materials and information sciences. Enhance areas of excellence in the arts, humanities and socials sciences that build on and complement unique university strengths.

Translate discoveries into viable technologies, products, and services to strengthen Iowa's economy.

Among goals: Expand the use of intellectual property developed at Iowa State. Strengthen programs aimed at Iowa's economic, workforce and technology development. Foster an environment conducive to entrepreneurial activities and technology transfer.

Partner with Iowans to enhance the state's appeal as a place to live, learn, work and play.

Among goals: Strengthen connections and communications with Iowans to identify and address issues. Enhance the vitality of Iowa's communities and the well-being of its people. Promote the wise use of resources and build a sustainable future.

Ensure that the university is a great place to learn and work.

Among goals: Expand the diversity of people, ideas and cultures. Provide a rich array of out-of-class opportunities. Promote a "green" university by conserving resources and enhancing environmental quality.

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Quick look

The latest draft of Iowa State's next strategic plan is ready for public review.
Web version | PDF version.

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"We're grateful to the 200-plus faculty, staff, students and alumni who commented on the first draft. The comments were thoughtful and constructive, and the committee carefully considered them all as it worked on the second draft."

Provost Benjamin Allen