Iowa State University

Iowa State University

Strategic Plan 2005-2010

Comments on Strategic Plan draft, Sept. 16

These comments refer to Aug. 30, 2004, first draft the Strategic Plan for 2005-2010. The draft is very much a work in progress. Still to come in future drafts are strategies and action plans to achieve goals, and measures that will be used to assess success of those efforts.

Faculty

Mission appears self-limiting

After having read and considered the strategic plan draft the following suggestions are offered: Share knowledge through outstanding learning-centered undergraduate, graduate, professional, and distance education programs. This mission goal appears to be self-limiting to didactic educational vehicles. Educational outreach through demonstrations, program development using developing technologies, personal interactions/problem solving as currently accomplished in Extension actions should be included as sharing knowledge. Additionally this adoption/sharing of knowledge by direct application could be more forcefully included in the Make Iowa and the world a better place by preparing students to be world citizens and leaders and by applying knowledge in ways that improve the quality of life goal. In the priorities and goals - 2005-2010, the absence of Extension programming to strengthen state initiatives and facilitate entrepreneurial activities should be corrected. Extension should be challenged to lead the nation in development and implementation of market-based solutions to state and national problems, to assist in growth of the Iowa economy, and strengthening quality of life. These issues could be addressed in several of the priorities/goals bullets. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this draft.

Faculty

Social sciences concerns on target

Hello. I agree wholeheartedly with the concerns outlined by the Chairs of the LAS social science departments.

Staff

Add Extension education

Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts on the first draft of the 2005-210 Strategic Plan. My suggestions are underlined for easier reading.

Under Mission

  • Share knowledge through outstanding learning-centered undergraduate, graduate, professional and Extension education, including distance education programs.
  • Make Iowa and the world a better place by preparing students to be world citizens and world leaders. Through Extension education, provide knowledge-based programs to the citizens of Iowa to improve their quality of life.

Under Priorities and Goals for 2005-2010

  • Priority: Strengthen the undergraduate experience
    • Goals: Improve the rigor and challenge of all undergraduate programs with special emphasis for students with well-identified interests.
  • Priority: Increase the number of undergraduate, graduate
    • Goals: (add) Specific options to link the undergraduate, graduate and research program to industry, the biorenewables program is an example.
  • Priority: Achieve preeminence in translating new discoveries
    • Goals: (add) Lead the nation in market-tested statewide Extension programs to grow Iowa's economy.
  • Priority: Enhance the quality of life
    • Goals: (add) Through Extension, education programs in every Iowa County enhance the quality of life for families and youth.
  • Core Values:
    • (add) Being an engaged university in each county of Iowa.
College Academic Council, College of Engineering

Fundamental advances important too

SUBJECT: College of Engineering comments on the University Strategic Plan draft.

The College Academic Council (deans and department and unit heads mainly) discussed the first draft of the strategic plan. For the most part, there was consensus on the following points:

  1. The length is excellent in that it is sufficient to highlight the main points making it a useful document to refer to.
  2. It is strategic, identifying an ISU emphasis in effort and excellence and having the specificity to identify areas that should receive extra emphasis.
  3. The areas receiving emphasis should be justified by an additional sentence or two that notes the reason for selection - presumably this is a matching of importance with institutional capabilities.
  4. It is important that we have an impact nationally and internationally (and that is mentioned), but Iowa seems mentioned with greater frequency; this leads to an impression of a greater concern for state impact. Having a larger impact is very important to the prestige of the University and that should be made clear.
  5. There is a very clear emphasis on the application focus - there are very good reasons for having this particular evidence; it is clearly a strategic choice. However, one is left without a vision that we need to make fundamental advances with an awareness of the applications. Including this vision will lead to applications by others of what we discover and apply rather than just our applying the discoveries of others; the former will bring the greater recognition. In the document there is insufficient balance given to basic/fundamental research because of the emphasis on applied, but also because of the following "obscuring" of the research mission:
    1. The second priority is the research one but is given unequal treatment relative to other priorities by being cast in quantitative terms (the others are qualitative), being placed third in the list of "undergraduate, graduate and research" (put the undergrad reference as a goal of the first priority instead), and not addressing the need to have the fundamental underpinnings for application.
    2. The lack of clear research emphasis in the second priority leads one to read the third priority as perhaps the research one which worsens the applied imbalance.
    3. In the Aspirations "discovery" is listed along with the "application" but the latter uses more words.

Overall, we applaud the work of the committee in creating a planning document that can serve as a guide to future decisions.

Faculty

Aspiration too narrow

Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback on the first draft of the strategic plan. While I agree with much of what appears, there are areas about which I have concern. I would categorize these concerns into three categories:

  1. lack of emphasis on creating an open and inclusive climate for diverse populations that goes beyond just recruiting people from diverse backgrounds,
  2. the lack of attention to the role of the arts and humanities as well as education in a comprehensive university,
  3. the overemphasis on science, technology, and entrepreneurship throughout the statement. Overall, the statement really seems to deemphasize the land-grant mission of Iowa State.

The Mission itself reads well and seems quite balanced; however, the statement of aspiration is very narrow and excludes those programs and people who do not have a focus on the application of science and technology. The aspiration statement seems to suggest that we want to become another MIT rather than a comprehensive, land-grant university.

The Priorities and Goals section is a bit more comprehensive but still troublesome with regard to the above points. The goals related to the first priority regarding strengthening undergraduate experience focus only on the academic experience and preparation of students. Equally important are the out-of-class experiences. Providing a safe environment for all students is a basic need we are not meeting. In addition, attention needs to be paid to students' living environments and extracurricular involvement. In addition, partnerships with Iowa schools need to focus on readiness in areas other than math, science, technology, and communication. I would hope that we would attract well-rounded students prepared in the humanities and arts as well as the fields listed.

The goals associated with the second priority to increase quality again needs to recognize that not only do we have strong programs in science and technology but also in areas such as Design and Higher Education (ranked 6th in a recent national study of doctoral programs in the field and 7th for master's programs).

The third priority related to service totally ignores service to the educational institutions in the state. We have a long record in this area and it needs to be supported. Service to the arts is also omitted.

The quality of life priority goals are vaguely written. More specific attention is needed related to creating a climate that appreciates and values diversity. It is more that "welcoming" people. More needs to be said about the role of the arts in creating well-rounded individuals and more needs to be said about the importance of student involvement in organizations and activities as opportunities for learning and leadership.

Thank you for your work on this important document. I hope that my comments are helpful.

Staff

Connectivity with public is missing

Greetings!

Thank you, committee, for the opportunity to respond to the first draft.

I read the plan "minute-one" when it was released, and have been upset by it ever since - even though I've tried to read it with objectivity and openness several times. The proposed changes of our culture and values are significant and frankly troubling. The true connectivity with the public is unbelievably missing. I will do my best to give you constructive feedback suggestions.

I've boiled down my concerns to four overarching, disturbing themes:

  • Much more inward focus, Ames only, of our institution.
  • Near complete disregard for Outreach & Extension Service, a full 1/3 of our long held honor as a world and nationally recognized institution for our non-formal educational outreach programs and service to our citizens, families, youth, communities and businesses.
  • A dangerous philosophy that knowledge is only created by Universities on campus,(to heck with our non-education institution partners) and that for-credit students are implied to always be the end recipients.
  • There are well thought-out reports by our nation-wide partners that articulate the 21st century public land grant institution, and concepts of learning, discovery and engagement. I simply can not understand why we are not utilizing this information.

Now the point, by point, edits, words, changes and suggestions, in addition to the tone comments above:

  1. Mission -- change: SHARE to the concept of Engagement with our customers.
  2. Create knowledge -- add: the concept of partnerships/engagement.
  3. Share knowledge -- add: non-formal education outreach/Extension programs.
  4. Make Iowa and the world --- add: clients/customers across Iowa rather than just for-credit students.
  5. In carrying out --- last phrase -- add: clients/citizens, not just students.
  6. Aspiration -- add: land grant, add: educating citizens.
  7. ISU will be home -- add to the can-do spirit, will permeate the ISU institution throughout Iowa (not just campus)
  8. Priorities and Goals first paragraph -- add to programs and initiatives, the words products and services
  9. Priority #1 -- ok
  10. Goals list #1 -- seamless transfer needs to include high schools not just community colleges (look at the number of students that come out of HS with 15-30 credits of bondafide, ISU counted credit -- my two children as testimonials)
  11. Goals list #1 -- add: Increase and track the number of k-12 students that participate in ISU career exploration education programs (been doing this for years, perhaps the numbers are not getting to the ISU administration)
  12. Priority #2 -- ok
  13. Goals list #2 -- ok
  14. Priority #3 -- ok
  15. Goals list #3 -- add: Through our Extension outreach arm, partnerships with industries, businesses, communities and individuals are made aware of innovative discoveries that can fuel local development.
  16. Priority #4 -- scratch "on campus"
  17. goals list #4-- third bullet -- add throughout Iowa (not just an Ames issue)

Core Values:

  • Add: * to serving all Iowan's in their non-formal education needs and services
  • Add: * ISU holds a unique competitive position as it has a local presence in all 99 Iowa Counties
  • Founding Ideas: a big oversight -- add: "and staff" with faculty in the first sentence.
Staff

Help as many as possible, not just elite

Mission - share knowledge.

"Extension" needs to appear in this sentence. "Distance education" does not begin to describe all of the educational work that is done by ISU Extension.

Mission - make Iowa and the world a better place

Revise sentence" ".. by preparing students to be world citizens and leaders and by helping citizens apply knowledge in ways that improve the quality of life." [ISU is more than students on campus. Extension faculty and staff members address the educational needs of the citizens of the state.]

Priorities and Goals for 2005-2010 - Increase number of undergraduates

Under bullet 1, delete references to biosciences, materials sciences, and information sciences. This is too specific and leaves out the contributions/strengths of many colleges.

Core Values

"The opportunity for all to pursue a college education" seems to be in conflict with the earlier statement "with special emphasis on enhancing programs for high-ability students." The first is inclusive; the second is elitist. With recent budget cuts we have eliminated advisors and support staff who help make ISU a more welcoming place for students, especially those who need some extra support to achieve their full potential. Many students from Iowa's small school districts may need some extra support to help them learn how to compete with students from larger schools who have had an opportunity to take more advanced courses at the high school level. If all taxpayers help support ISU, I believe we have a broad responsibility to help as many Iowans as possible--not just the elite.

Founding Ideas

The word Extension needs to be mentioned as part of our historical background

Staff

Some edits

Share knowledge through outstanding learning-centered undergraduate, graduate, professional, Extension education programs (including distance education). Make Iowa and the world a better place by preparing students to be world citizens and leaders and to improve the quality of life by engaging Iowa citizens of all ages in research based Extension programs.

In carrying out its mission, Iowa State University is committed to diversity in its students, faculty, staff and clientele and access to those excluded or impeded from realizing their full potential. Diversity enlivens the exchange of ideas, broadens scholarship, and prepares students for lifelong participation in society.

Aspiration

  • Iowa State University will be home to faculty, staff, students and community learners who share a passion for discovery and for applying science and technology to make a difference. Their enthusiasm and talent will attract many partners from outside the university community. A "can-do" spirit will permeate campus and off-campus learning centers, including Extension offices, as collaborators work together to find new ways to improve Iowa and the world.

Priorities and Goals for 2005-2010

  • Priority Strengthen the undergraduate experience to enhance student success at and beyond Iowa State University.
    • Goals
      • Improve the rigor and challenge of all undergraduate programs with special emphasis on enhancing programs for students with well identified interests.

Priority

  • Increase the number of undergraduate, graduate, research and extension programs known as the very best in their field, particularly in areas where the university's strengths address critical needs and opportunities.
    • Goals
      • Leverage the university's areas of strength and the emerging needs of the state and nation to achieve preeminence in interdisciplinary research areas (delete this portion - it is restraining to identify specific areas such as biosciences, materials sciences, and information sciences.)
      • Attract and retain outstanding faculty, campus and Extension staff, undergraduate, and graduate students.
      • Strengthen infrastructures and streamline processes that support research programs.
      • Celebrate and promote excellent programs and significant research accomplishments.
      • Capitalize on 100 Extension offices in the state to visibly address Iowa's critical needs and opportunities.

Priority

  • Enhance the quality of life on campus and throughout Iowa.
    • Goals
      • Provide opportunities for life-long learning experiences through a strong Extension program which helps communities, youth and families improve quality of life.
      • Strengthen efforts to create a community on campus and throughout Iowa that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds.

Core Values

  • Iowa State University faculty, staff, and students are committed to:
    • adherence to the land-grant concept,
    • science with practice, as an engaged University in every county in Iowa
    • the opportunity for all to pursue a college education and life-long learning experiences.
Staff

Include "Extension outreach"

Mission I encourage the inclusion of "education through Extension Outreach" be included in the mission in the "Share knowledge" statement. Add to "Make Iowa and the world a better place" statement -- "Provide knowledge-based programs through Extension education to help the people throughout Iowa improve their quality of life." Priorities and Goals first priority goals, last bullet, Does this partnering include all the work that ISU Extension 4-H youth development programs are already doing in this area? Enhance the quality of life - add Through educational Extension outreach programs in every Iowa County, enhance the quality of life for families and youth.

Staff

Extenision is tremendous tool

To Whom It May Concern: It was interesting to me as an Iowa State University Extension employee that the word Extension did not appear in this draft of the Iowa State University strategic plan for the years 2005-2010. I believe Extension is a tremendous tool for Iowa State University in all 99 counties across the state of Iowa. It is the third part of the Land Grant University Mission as I understand it: Teaching, Research, and Extension. In a day and age when connection to the people of Iowa for financial support and growth is very important, a vision and plan to use this "already in existence part of the University" would seem to be very important.

Mission

  • Add - Extension

Aspiration

  • ...who share a passion for discovery [and for applying] ...
  • ...campus and off-campus learning [centers including Iowa's 100 County Extension offices] as collaborators ...

Priorities and Goals for 2005-2010

  • ...Capitalize on the [100 Iowa State University Extension offices] ...
  • Provide opportunities ...through strong [Extension programs]...
  • Strengthen efforts ...on campus [and throughout] ...

Core Values: Add the following

  • a strong belief in the land-grant university concept,
  • the opportunity for all Iowans to readily connect with Iowa State University and the resources it has to offer
Faculty

good idea to focus on rigor, high-ability students

Thanks for providing an opportunity to comment.

There are many aspects of the plan draft that I like. At the same time, the current draft needs to be changed to emphasize aspects that are important to me and my field. Here is the mix:

  • I like the idea of focusing on rigor and high ability students, both at the undergrad and grad level. A network of support for high ability students will change the culture of the faculty and the student body, which should bring about a better climate for intellectual engagement. Our students, according to NSSE, don't read much outside of class or study as much as others--and nationally the reading trend is downward. So putting time and attention into any number of enrichment programs and really making them work in the next five years will provide dividends into the future. Otherwise, we may lose ground.
  • I do not believe we should "accept all students" --not even all students from community colleges, and not all students who share our interests. I come from a field where failure to account for low ability puts us, and our students, in an unhappy situation when paired with high expectations. We should let the community colleges serve a particular segment and those who aspire to increase the level at which they perform should provide some evidence of that potential before entering ISU--as well as demonstrate fit with respect to interests.
  • It hurts not to have Extension mentioned, but I do realize that outreach and engagement are the larger terms (and larger issues). However, if there is not some way to honor both large and small "E," then extension will not grow in the way that it needs to. So keep us in there--and make us keep up with the times!
  • There was an attempt in the draft to value the role that arts, social sciences, and humanities play in making science and technology work. But the wording was insufficient, and many are up in arms. Some good writer needs to get in there and say it eloquently. This is not a job for a committee. Actually, it is a job for an English professor or a philosopher--Ah ha! We really need a community with people who can say things the right way. We also need people who help science and technology to contribute to society in ways that society can manage.
  • Patents are okay but maybe not first? The issue of patents that hurt or exploit versus patents that don't is separate from the "entire question" of patents. Of course we should seek patents.
  • WOW we really need the communications focus. My students lack many skills of this type--and I mainly teach juniors and graduate students.
  • It is fine to partner with Iowa schools. Several of our departments do this already. It concerns me that the merger precedes this goal. Seems like conflicting messages to dissemble the College of Education but put a high priority on the issue they address.
  • I endorse the aspiration statement. With one exception. The word "outside" to describe the people with whom we engage in back and forth knowledge exchanges do not believe they are outside--why introduce the concept of insiders and outsiders now? Wordsmithing but important.
  • Core values can be collapsed. Problem solving goes with "science with practice." But thanks for affirming intellectual freedom.
  • Can we add something pragmatic? Like "recruit excellent students from other states"? It is surprising how few attend from other places. We have wonderful resources for the right student
Faculty

We must be engaged with Iowans

I have several suggestions for your consideration to the strategic plan that is currently underway.

There is no mention of disseminating or sharing knowledge except for distance education in the Mission. I think that it should include outreach, extension, engagement of the citizens of Iowa which is part of our land grant mission. If we want support for the university throughout the state, we must be engaged with people in the state with programs that are important to them. Further, if we are to work at improving Iowa's economy, we can't be successful unless we are engaged with people out in the state.

Under Priority 3 - I feel that we should try to define that we will work with the strengths and opportunities in Iowa to strengthen it's economy. If we are going to be successful, we must focus on what Iowa can do best and be the best at and work in those areas. Likewise, as a university, we must focus our energies on areas where we can be the best in the USA and World and work to make these areas preeminent.

Under Priority 3 - The goal to lead the nation in number of new patents might send the wrong message to faculty in promotion and tenure decisions. Do we only work in those areas that have opportunities for patents and successful business ventures and ignore those important areas or issues in society that will not lead toward patents? I think not.

Thanks for letting me provide this input to the planning committee

Staff

Accentuate network and the state

To: The Strategic Plan Committee

Thank you for the chance to review the Strategic Plan Draft. My

suggestions include issues that are inherent characteristics of a leading Land Grant University.

MISSION (add wording)

  • Shared knowledge through outstanding learning-centered undergraduate, graduate, professional, and [Extension education (including distance education programs)].

ASPIRATION (add wording and change phrase)

  • Iowa State will be one of the world's leading universities in educating students and putting science and technology to work [on campus and in Iowa communities].
  • Their enthusiasm and talent will attract many partners from outside the [campus].
  • A "can-do" spirit will permeate [the university] as collaborators work together to find new ways to improve Iowa and the world.

PRIORITY 2 (add a bullet)

  • Accentuate the network of ISU locations around the State to respond to changes and deliver innovative applied research.

PRIORITY 3 (add a bullet)

  • Enrich the Extension influence to engage entrepreneurs and maximize local and State presence.

PRIORITY 4 (change phrases)

  • Provide for a well-rounded and lively learning experience on campus [and throughout the State] including opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to interact outside the classroom, lab, and office.
  • Strengthen efforts to create a community on campus,[in Ames and throughoutthe State] that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds.

One of several advantages ISU has on all colleges and universities in Iowa, and most of the world, is the network and locations of Extension offices in every Iowa county.

With limited resources; the need to be connected to the citizens of the State; the urgency to attract and retain Iowa students; and to do this with credibility and professionalism Extension is a key to the Mission and priorities of ISU.

Faculty

Aspiration reflects most important objective

Aspiration

Iowa State will be one of the world's leading universities in educating students and putting science and technology to work.

This is absolutely the most important objective that we should pursue. Our state and our Nation's economic future depend on our success in this endeavor.

Priorities and Goals for 2005-2010

Priority: Increase the number of undergraduate, graduate, and research programs known as the very best in their field, particularly in areas where the university's strengths address critical needs and opportunities.

  • Goals: Leverage the university's areas of strength and the emerging needs of the state and nation to achieve preeminence in interdisciplinary research areas such as biosciences, materials sciences, and information sciences.
    • The identified areas are especially important to pursue. From personal knowledge, I am aware of many opportunities in materials science that can benefit from increased research focus, especially in the cross-cutting fields of materials to enable a "hydrogen economy" and in bio-materials of many types, especially for medical and industrial applications.

Priority: Achieve preeminence in translating new discoveries into viable technologies, products, and services with a focus on fueling Iowa's economy and building a sustainable future.

  • Goals: Lead the nation in the number of new patents awarded, licenses issued, and successful business ventures initiated.
    • Researchers in engineering fields, especially materials, need special help from full time licensing specialists affiliated with ISURF to build LONG TERM relationships with potential licensees that can locate in Iowa, given a favorable business climate.

Iowa can be a leader in manufacturing of materials and systems (and fuel) for the transition to a hydrogen-based energy circuit that is truly sustainable for many generations to come. It is of critical importance that these new types of manufacturing businesses should remain in the US. We cannot afford to watch this strategic opportunity go off-shore, once again.

Also, new developments in bio-materials should be transitioned to Iowa-based manufacturing, instead of letting our "friends" in Minnesota and California, etc. have all of this special, high profit area.

Faculty (ISU Greening)

Include environmental good

To the members of the strategic planning committee:

ISU Greening (a consortium of students, staff and faculty of ISU working to "green" Iowa State) is very concerned about the lack of visibility for environmental issues in the current draft of the Strategic Plan. Vice President Warren Madden shared our coalitions' mission and proposal with the Presidents Cabinet (August 9, 2004), and Provost Ben Allen has been asked to incorporate this into the university's strategic planning process. We will be meeting with Provost Allen on Monday, September 27, 2004.

Below is a bullet for inclusion in the Strategic Plan, and for your further consideration, the mission statement of ISU Greening. Thank you in advance for your leadership in integrating these concepts into the strategic plan.

Respectfully submitted on behalf of ISU Greening,

Bullet for inclusion in strategic planning for ISU:

  • Iowa State University is committed to a goal of strong environmental leadership for Iowa and challenges itself to take a national leadership role in integrating environment and education. To achieve this goal, we will incorporate core environmental concepts throughout the curriculum, promote environmental literacy among students, faculty, and staff, and ensure that campus facilities, policies, and activities are efficient and environmentally appropriate.

The Greening of ISU Mission Statement:

  • We, members of the Iowa State University community, are committed to protect and enhance the environment through our teaching, research, service, and administrative operations. We seek to foster a community that sustains ecological systems and educates campus citizens about environmental awareness, local action, and global thinking. We seek to promote environmentally sound practice as a core value of the University
Staff

Add Extension

Mission Share knowledge through outstanding learning-centered undergraduate, graduate, professional, and Extension education (including distance education programs). Make Iowa a better place.

Suggested additions/changes:

  • Through Extension education provide knowledge-based programs to the citizens of Iowa to improve the quality of life.
  • Change the first bullet to eliminate the "high-ability students" and state it alternatively as "programs with special emphasis for students with well-identified interests."
  • Under Priorities and Goals for 2005-2010 Delete and Add a Bullet-
    • Delete: "areas such as biosciences, materials sciences, and information sciences." {end of 1st bullet}. In team meetings we discussed that maybe we do not need to be this specific in the general planning document. Could these programs should be suggested by the colleges?
    • Add a bullet: Specific options to link the undergraduate and research program to industry, the biorenewables program is an example.
  • (Goals/Priority) "...fueling Iowa's economy..." Maybe try- Lead the nation in market-tested statewide Extension programs to grow Iowa's economy.
  • (Goals/Priority) "Enhance the quality of life... " Maybe try- Through Extension education programs in every Iowa County enhance the quality of life for families and youth.

Under Core Values Could we add

  • Being and engaged University in each county of Iowa.

Thank you for the opportunity to make suggestions to the Strategic Plan

Staff

Capitalize on Extension offices

Mission

Create knowledge through excellent research, scholarship, and creative endeavors. Share knowledge through outstanding learning-centered undergraduate, graduate, professional, EXTENSION and distance education programs. Make Iowa and the world a better place by preparing students to be world citizens and leaders and by engaging Iowa citizens of all ages in EXTENSION programs aimed at improving the quality of life. In carrying out its mission, Iowa State University is committed to diversity in its students, faculty, staff AND CLIENTELE and access to those excluded or impeded from realizing their full potential.

Aspiration

Iowa State University will be home to faculty, staff, and students who share a passion for discovery and for applying science and technology to make a difference. Their enthusiasm and talent will attract many partners from outside the university community. A "can-do" spirit will permeate campus and off-campus learning centers including EXTENSION OFFICES as collaborators work together to find new ways to improve Iowa and the world.

Priorities and Goals for 2005-2010 Priority Increase the number of undergraduate, graduate, research AND EXTENSION programs known as the very best in their field, particularly in areas where the universitys strengths address critical needs and opportunities. Goals .. Leverage the universitys areas of strength and the emerging needs of the state and nation to achieve preeminence in interdisciplinary research areas such as biosciences, materials sciences, and information sciences. .. Attract and retain outstanding faculty, staff, EXTENSION DIRECTORS, undergraduate, and graduate students. .. Strengthen infrastructures and streamline processes that support research programs. .. Celebrate and promote excellent programs and significant research accomplishments.

CAPITALIZE ON THE 100 EXTENSION OFFICES WITH ONE LOCATED IN EVERY COUNTY AND IN THE STATE.

Priority Enhance the quality of life on campus and throughout Iowa. Goals PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES FOR LIFE-LONG-LEARNING EXPERIENCES THROUGH A STRONG EXTENSION PROGRAM WHICH HELPS COMMUNTIIES, YOUTH AND FAMILIES IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE.

.. Strengthen efforts to create a community on campus and THROUGHOUT IOWA that welcomes people from diverse backgrounds. Core Values Iowa State University faculty, staff, and students are committed to: ADHERENCE TO THE LAND GRANT CONCEPT

CONCEPT OF AN ENGAGED UNIVERSITY MEETING THE NEEDS OF IOWAN'S - the opportunity for all to pursue a college education AND LIFE-LONG LEARNING EXPERIENCES

Admin

Add Extension, everwhere

To whom it may concern:

In general, I believe we need to rethink the de-emphasis of our Land Grant history and mission in this new Strategic Plan. I can hardly distinguish this plan from one that would be written for the University of Iowa. That lack of distinction, I believe, is dangerous in today's environment. Therefore I have some more specific comments about Extension education that discusses our unique, Land Grant mission.

Under "mission" (share knowledge)

  • Add language that specifies Extension education as well as distance Ed.
  • Also under "mission" (Make Iowa a better place)
  • Add language that describes the importance of Extension education and its delivery of research-based and/or knowledge-based programs for the citizens of Iowa in their home communities.

Under "Goals/Priorities" (fueling Iowa's economy)

  • Add language that describes Market-tested, state-wide Extension education programs to grow Iowa's economy.
  • Also under "Goals/Priority" (Enhance the quality of life)
  • Add language that describes Extension education's role in enhancing the quality of life for families, youth and the communities of Iowa.

Finally, under core values

  • Add language that indicates ISU should be an engaged university in each county of Iowa

Thank you for providing this opportunity to comment.

Staff

Outreach is mission

One of the major missions of a land grant university is outreach and Extension. I would like to see the strategic plan address this outreach mission. Extension can provide knowledge based programs to Iowans to make each community a better place to live and improve quality of life. The resources at ISU and in the counties are available. We need to make more of a connection and help Iowans see that.

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Send your comments on the first draft of the plan to strategicplan by Sept. 17.