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Clif’s Notes for Sept. 1, 2015

Clif's Notes

Each year we set goals for the University to achieve. This year the goals include planning for the next five years.

Goals include strategic planning for 2016-21

Before the start of the fall semester the Board approved the University’s Nine Major Goals for 2015-2016. You’ll note that this year’s goals follow the same basic format as last year’s goals. Our focus this year will be to build on the initiatives and programs we’ve established in the last few years as we chart a course for moving the University forward.

One major heading was added to this year’s goals—Strategic Planning. 2015-2016 will be a planning year. We will develop a report on the University’s progress under the existing long range plan. We will complete the visioning project and develop a new long range plan, both of which I have highlighted in prior Clif’s Notes. We will evaluate opportunities to improve the University’s mission statement and develop a visioning guide that supports the University’s new long range plan. We will also create and grow a reserve fund for strategic initiatives.

Highlights of 2015-16 goals

Several other initiatives and programs are highlighted in this year’s goals, including

  • Continue to improve compensation for faculty and staff by providing a cost-of-living raise, continuing the third year of the Full Professor Salary Incentive Program, and implementing programs to target other high-performing and underpaid employee groups for additional compensation.
  • Begin construction and renovation of Glass Hall, Ellis Hall, the West Plains life safety improvements and the Sunvilla West FEMA safe room.
  • Develop a primary care clinic on campus in collaboration with Mercy.
  • Provide services and opportunities for underrepresented individuals through initiatives funded by the Springfield Project 2025 (Lumina Foundation grant).
  • Develop and deploy a comprehensive rebranding creative campaign.
  • Create an online option for the Bachelor of Science in psychology program.
  • Implement a target of at least 80 percent of ADPs including a goal related to diversity.
  • Establish an employee resource group for young professional staff.

I look forward to working with you to achieve the University’s goals in the coming months.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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Clif’s Notes for Aug. 25, 2015

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In last week’s note, I encouraged you to read the visioning report, and I told you that we were in the beginning stages of developing our next long-range plan which will operationalize the Missouri State vision.

Campus scenes

Long-range Plan Steering Committee named

We have formed an executive leadership team consisting of Dr. Frank Einhellig, Dr. Dee Siscoe and me that will be responsible for overseeing the process and presenting the plan to the Board of Governors.

I am happy to report that the executive leadership team had its first meeting and formed a steering committee to guide the long-range planning process. The members of the steering committee are:

  • Gloria Galanes (Chair)
  • Jim Baker
  • Stephanie Bryant
  • Paul Durham
  • Kathryn Hope
  • Thomas Lane
  • Julie Masterson
  • Matt Morris
  • Tom Peters
  • Melissa Remley
  • Sharmistha Self
  • Michele Smith

The executive leadership team has charged the steering committee to evaluate opportunities to improve the University’s mission statement, develop a University vision statement and identify appropriate University value statements. Once these tasks are completed, the committee will develop a 2016-21 long-range plan for Missouri State. The committee will solicit feedback and collaborate widely with the campus community and the external community.

Long-range plan will follow structure of vision report

The executive leadership team has instructed the committee to rely heavily on the vision set forth in the visioning report, and to frame the long-range plan utilizing the six topical headings identified in the visioning report:

  • Academic Profile
  • Student Experience
  • Diversity
  • Globalization
  • Infrastructure
  • Funding

I will hold an initial meeting with the members of the steering committee this week. Throughout the coming year, the steering committee will reach out to hundreds of University stakeholders as they develop the plan. Please participate in this process as the opportunity arises.

Our goal is to complete the mission, vision and value statements by November, and to prepare a first draft of the long-range plan by February.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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Clif’s Notes for Aug. 18, 2015

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In preparation for creating the 2016-21 long range plan, a vision report was created to help identify how Missouri State can best prepare to meet the challenges facing higher education in the next 10 years.

18064-4621-AerialVision report is available online

As you know, over the past year we have worked on a visioning project titled Missouri State Vision: Our Passion for Excellence. We created a steering committee for the project and six task forces. The task forces met throughout the year, and we conducted several University-wide presentations and a visioning conference. Since the end of the spring semester, we have been drafting the capstone report for the visioning project. I am pleased to announce that we have finalized this report. I would encourage each of you to read the visioning report.

Work of the long range plan steering committee begins this fall

Our work is not done. We must now implement the appropriate action plans to achieve our vision. That part of the process begins this year as we develop the University’s 2016-21 long range plan and reevaluate the University’s mission statement.

We have formed an advisory group for these strategic planning initiatives. That group consists of me, Dr. Frank Einhellig and Dr. Dee Siscoe. This group will not be involved in the actual development of the long range plan. Rather, this group will advise a broader steering committee and will provide input upon request from the steering committee. We have not yet formed the full steering committee, but I have asked Dr. Gloria Galanes to chair the steering committee. I have the utmost confidence that she will do a fantastic job.

The steering committee will be ultimately responsible for developing the 2016-21 long range plan. Additionally, I have asked the steering committee to evaluate the University’s existing mission statement and recommend any changes to it that they determine appropriate. I do not intend to dictate the manner of the steering committee’s work. However, I have asked Dr. Galanes to collaborate broadly and engage liberally with the university community and community stakeholders outside the University as the steering committee does its work in the coming year.

I hope you are as excited as I am about the vision set forth in the Missouri State Vision: Our Passion for Excellence report. Please join me as we do all we can to achieve excellence at the University.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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