Iowa State University: Office of the President

The Strategic Plan for 1995-2000

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Goals and characteristics sought

Six university-wide goals are presented below with the desired characteristics specified for each. The goals and characteristics provide the overall framework within which the plans for each of the colleges and other major administrative units will be developed and will identify specific means to achieve these goals and characteristics.

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Goal 1. Strengthen undergraduate teaching, programs, and services.

Goal 2. Strengthen graduate, professional and research programs.

Goal 3. Strengthen outreach and extension efforts.

Goal 4. Sustain and enhance an intellectually stimulating environment and a supportive university community for all students, faculty, and staff.

Goal 5. Establish international leadership in the integration and effective use of information technology and computation services.

Goal 6. Strengthen initiatives to stimulate economic development, with a special emphasis on environmental stewardship and enhancing human resources and the quality of life.

Goal 1. Strengthen undergraduate teaching, programs, and services, characterized by:

-- Greater emphasis on a student-centered learning environment.

-- Increased innovation and excellence in teaching and advising -- including integrated use of library resources and information technology in curricula.

-- Expanded efforts to increase student retention and graduation rates.

-- A broad range of intellectually challenging curricula that prepares graduates for successful and rewarding lives in a rapidly changing world -- with emphasis on developing critical thinking and team learning abilities and promoting life-long learning.

-- Enhanced liberal education -- to ensure that all undergraduate students develop literacy in science and technology; environmental awareness; communication skills; analytical skills; humane and ethical values; knowledge of the intellectual, historic, and artistic foundations of our culture; understanding of individual and social behavior; and international and multicultural awareness and appreciation.

-- Access to the university to all who meet its standards, unrestricted by social and economic status, and continuing efforts to attract and retain a high- quality and diverse student population.

-- Greater efforts to serve nontraditional students -- including older students, those employed full time, and students with children.

-- Cooperation with Iowa high schools and community colleges to ensure intellectual development and preparedness of students for higher education.

-- Strong and accessible student support services.

-- Encouragement of international study and/or travel in students' college experience -- for a better understanding of the multicultural and international world in which they will live and work.

-- Involvement of undergraduates in research and scholarly debate.

-- Honors programs of distinction that enhance ISU's ability to recruit and retain the best students, while welcoming them into the community of scholars.

-- Special emphasis on faculty involvement in undergraduate education -- especially having senior faculty teach foundation courses.

-- Increased interdisciplinary and collaborative teaching programs.

-- Professional development opportunities for faculty to improve teaching techniques and course content.

-- Prominence of instructional development and outcomes assessment.

Goal 2. Strengthen graduate, professional, and research programs, characterized by:

-- Continued recognition as a Carnegie Research I University -- a national measure of research performance.

-- Continued excellence in basic research, applied research, and the transfer of research results into new technologies -- by building on existing strengths and opportunities where ISU has a significant competitive advantage.

-- Focused emphasis on research programs related to agriculture, veterinary medicine, natural and social sciences, engineering, technology, economic development, and stewardship of the environment.

-- Increased quality, diversity, and numbers of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scholars.

-- Demonstrated strength in all doctoral programs, and an increase in the number of doctoral programs of national and international prominence -- most of which will be in, or related to, science and technology.

-- Distinctive masters programs -- including targeted professional masters programs that serve the needs of Iowans who desire to continue their education.

-- New and innovative graduate instruction -- including course delivery for distant students using communications technology.

-- Improved understanding by graduate students of the ethical, social, historical, environmental, and economic implications of science and technology.

-- Increased interdisciplinary collaboration in research and graduate programs -- by faculty across the university and with other institutions.

-- Increased numbers of faculty and staff who are nationally and internationally recognized -- such as members of national academies, fellows of professional societies and institutions, and recipients of awards for excellence.

-- Increased quality and quantity of scholarship, research, and creative activity.

-- Increased quality and quantity of international joint research, scholarship, training, and exchange programs.

-- Expanded linkages with private sector enterprises, consortia, and joint ventures to support economic development of Iowa and the nation.

-- Enhanced programs for the preparation of teaching assistants, community college teachers, and university educators.

-- Access to library research materials and information systems necessary to support ISU's research programs.

-- Increased level and diversity of sources of funding for research -- to provide funding stability and flexibility for undertaking new initiatives.

Goal 3. Strengthen outreach and extension efforts, characterized by:

-- National leadership in defining the role of land- grant universities as public sources of practical knowledge, unbiased information, and applied research.

-- Further integration of outreach with teaching and research efforts -- within and across disciplines to address existing and anticipated needs of Iowans.

-- Continued emphasis on environmental stewardship, human needs, community resource development, and assistance in the expansion of economic opportunities to strengthen and diversify the economic base of Iowa -- with special focus on rural Iowa and with increased attention to Iowa's urban communities.

-- Enhanced technology transfer efforts and success.

-- Improved delivery of existing and future programs to reach minorities, women, and other underrepresented groups throughout Iowa.

-- Development of a highly flexible and agile outreach program content and delivery capacity -- with accelerated application of state-of-the-art communications technology in the delivery of outreach programs.

-- Enhanced international outreach capabilities and activities.

-- National leadership in developing and using information-sharing arrangements on regional, national, and international levels; expanded linkages with governmental units and agencies at international, national, state, and local levels; connections with research programs elsewhere; and cooperation with the private sector to provide quality information.

-- Expanded off-campus offerings of credit courses and degree programs -- developed through appropriate cooperation and in coordination with other institutions of higher education within Iowa and with relevant agencies and organizations -- with emphasis on serving non-traditional students whose geographic locations preclude attendance at an Iowa public university and with increased use of the Iowa Communications Network.

-- Provision of non-credit courses and workshops to meet the needs of Iowans and to promote life-long learning -- with increased use of the Iowa Communications Network.

-- Continued development and expansion of working partnerships with other educational institutions in Iowa to support excellence of pre-K, K-12, and community college education.

Goal 4. Sustain and enhance an intellectually stimulating environment and a supportive university community for all students, faculty, and staff, characterized by:

-- Shared values of academic excellence and service to all segments of society.

-- Intellectual curiosity and vigorous uncensored debate of important ideas and issues -- within a climate of academic freedom in which differing opinions are treated with mutual respect.

-- Opportunities for all students, faculty, and staff to realize their intellectual, academic, and professional potential.

-- Access to university programs and services unrestricted by social or economic status.

-- Increased diversity of students, faculty, and staff.

-- Increased numbers of National Merit and National Achievement Scholars.

-- Systematic mechanisms for identifying, developing, and nominating students, faculty, and staff for special national and international fellowships, scholarships, awards, and honors.

-- Extracurricular and leadership opportunities for students through a wide variety of student government offices, student clubs and social organizations, intercollegiate and intramural athletics programs, and volunteer activities.

-- A community concerned about the well-being of all its members.

-- Reasonable physical accommodation and safety for all university members and visitors.

-- Increased opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to study or work abroad -- to develop international understanding and to incorporate international issues and examples into their courses and work.

-- Increased institutional responsiveness, creativity, and agility.

-- Increased interactions among departments, colleges, and support units.

-- Enhanced opportunities for informal interactions among faculty, staff, students, and external constituencies.

-- Individual and collective emphasis on continuous improvement.

-- Improved campus facilities, grounds, and physical infrastructure -- with special attention to maintaining existing capital assets.

-- Annual performance appraisals for all faculty and staff to provide them with meaningful feedback, goal attainment, and promotion opportunities.

Goal 5. Establish international leadership in the integration and effective use of information technology and computation services, characterized by:

-- Innovative and effective programs in teaching, research, and outreach that integrate and maximize the benefits of information technology and computation.

-- Coordinated planning for the growth, development, and effective use of information technology and computation services at all levels of the university.

-- Expanded and enhanced computation infrastructure -- providing services and facilities that support information and computation users.

-- Seamless access to computation and communications technology in offices, libraries, and research laboratories.

-- Access to high-performance computing and other resources for leading-edge research computing.

-- Widespread access to the international network -- in offices, classrooms, libraries, and laboratories.

-- Mechanisms to facilitate student ownership of a suitable computer capable of accessing the university's instructional and public communications system.

-- Emphasis on the effective use of state-of-the-art technology in teaching, learning, and delivery of information.

-- Continued development and enhancement of library information services -- through an expansion of current library partner-ships and initiatives.

-- Training and support for students, faculty, and staff in the understanding and use of computers and communications technology.

-- Improved support services for computer, instructional, and communications technology.

Goal 6. Strengthen initiatives to stimulate economic development, with a special emphasis on environmental stewardship and enhancing human resources and the quality of life, characterized by:

-- A new focus on defining and addressing Iowa's economic, environmental, and social needs -- including the participation of state and community groups, Iowa Regents universities, Iowa's community colleges, and Iowa's private colleges and universities.

-- Assisting Iowa's transition to a more diversified economy that enhances the quality of life for all Iowans and establishes a national model for rural revitalization.

-- Continued emphasis on developing Iowa agriculture for a global market, improved profitability, and enhanced human resources.

-- Enhanced and expanded ISU capabilities in research, education, and outreach -- coordinated to bring interdisciplinary skills to bear upon local and regional economic competitiveness, social needs, and environmental impacts.

-- A variety of efforts -- ranging from individual research projects to multidisciplinary teams -- to assess local and regional needs, conduct research, and assist communities, businesses, and citizens in using research results.

-- Partnerships -- with local, state, regional, national, and international organizations, the private sector, and alumni -- involving research and outreach leading to economic growth and social development.

-- Widespread use of information technology -- to exchange research data, deliver research results, and provide citizens with the most current, accurate, and relevant information.

-- Focused research and development programs on new technology for environmental monitoring, assessment, cleanup, and information needs.

-- Development of advanced manufacturing methods leading to products and processes designed to be market- competitive -- while reducing negative environmental impacts or excessive use of natural resources.

-- Enhanced efforts so that the results of ISU research, and the technology arising from that research, are used for public benefit -- through transfer to Iowa companies if possible, and, if not, to favor other U.S. companies before transferring to companies in other countries.

-- Enhanced technical assistance to Iowa industry -- through appropriate access to ISU facilities, industry- initiated research projects, and organized access to ISU special expertise.

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