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Clif’s Notes for April 26, 2016

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In August 2015 I announced that we had formed a long-range plan steering committee and I asked Dr. Gloria Galanes to serve as the chair of the committee.

Plaster Student UnionLong-range plan development nears completion

Using the Missouri State Vision: Our Passion for Excellence report as a starting point, this group has spent the past nine months developing a long-range plan that, starting this fall, will guide the university for the next five years.

The steering committee has reached out to faculty, staff and students throughout the process. They have regularly engaged with the Board of Governors, Administrative Council and Academic Leadership Council to obtain input on what the plan should include.

The process of developing our next long-range plan is nearly complete. You can see the draft language for the plan on the Developing the 2016-21 Long-Range Plan webpage.

carrington18431_0056Annual plans will identify priorities within framework of long-range plan

Our goal from the outset of this process has been to develop a plan that is strategic and outlines, at a general level, the vision, priorities and goals of the university. You will notice that the draft plan does not include specific tactics designed to achieve the overall priorities set forth in the plan. This is intentional. Specific tactics will be coordinated centrally by the administration, but will be developed each year by the separate units throughout the university. The plan is the framework on which these specific tactics will be built.

To implement the plan, each year the board and administration will analyze available data to determine particular areas of priority. These priorities will be communicated to the individual units throughout the university.

Annual unit, individual goals should relate to priorities

The units will then be responsible for developing annual action items designed to advance those priorities. As part of this process, units will assign specific projects related to accomplishing their tactics to particular employees, and supervisors will hold employees accountable for having completed this work through faculty and staff performance review processes. So if you think of your goals on your ADPs, these should include items that roll-up to the long-range plan.

At the end of the end of each year, the board and administration will review the tactics each university unit developed to implement the long-range plan and hold divisions accountable for having accomplished their tactics. This is not a new process. We have done this over the last several years with our eight goals. Each year the board and administration will also evaluate data and monitor progress toward the overarching goals set forth in the long-range plan. The university will develop a report each year communicating this progress to the campus community.

In sum, this plan will be used extensively over the next five years to chart the university’s course. The university will assign resources and make decisions on the framework established by the long-range plan, and all members of the university faculty and staff will be responsible for implementing the plan. Ideally, most of your day-to-day work should support one or more of the six strategic areas identified in the plan.

Provide feedback on draft plan

Accordingly, if you have not reviewed the draft plan and provided your feedback, you should do so by:

  • Participating in one of two town hall meetings scheduled for next week. The first meeting is from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. on Monday, May 2 in the PSU Theater. The second meeting is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3 in the PSU Theater.
  • Review the draft plan and send your feedback to me or to a member of the steering committee.

The deadline for feedback on the draft plan is May 15, and we expect the Board of Governors to review and approve the final version of the plan on June 10.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!


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Clif’s Notes for April 19, 2016

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The Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame is one of our signature events at Missouri State. It is just one example of how the University puts its statewide mission in public affairs into practice.

Through the Hall of Fame, we recognize individuals who, through their academic, personal and professional achievements, demonstrate active engagement to improve the lives of others.

The Hall of Fame class of 20162016 Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame

Last week, we inducted five individuals into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame: Mark Arnoldy, Henry W. Bloch, Pat Danner, Jimmie M. Edwards and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The induction ceremony and banquet was a nice event with about 300 people in attendance from the University, the community and the state of Missouri. You can read more about this year’s inductees in my Jan. 26, 2016 Clif’s Note.

These five individuals, along with the inductees from prior years, will be recognized in the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame display located on the west wall of the Davis-Harrington Welcome Center.

The display was installed this spring. It honors Hall of Fame inductees in a meaningful and appropriate way on our campus. Please take a moment to visit the Welcome Center and view the display at your convenience.

Send nominations for 2017 Campus Scenes Day and Night Public Affairs Flags

We will induct another class into the Hall of Fame on April 7, 2017 at the White River Conference Center.

If you have a name to submit for consideration, please complete the online nomination form or contact Ryan DeBoef, chief of staff.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

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Clif’s Notes for April 12, 2016

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We value free speech at Missouri State University.

JRS_4992-bear-paw-700x394Free speech protected by state, federal laws

We are committed to providing an environment where issues can be openly discussed and explored. The freedom to exchange views is essential to the mission of the University. You can learn more about speech activities on our campus by reviewing the University’s Expressive Activity Policy.

Additionally, we are obligated to comply with state and federal laws on campus expressive activity. As a public university, Missouri State University has very limited ability to regulate expressive activities on the outdoor areas of campus. The University’s legal ability to regulate speech in such areas is generally limited to time, place and manner restrictions. These restrictions are set forth in the Expressive Activity Policy.

As you know, expressive activities on campus include a spectrum of topics. Students advocate for their student organizations and activities. Members of the public distribute literature about subjects important to them. Individuals seek signatures on petitions for ballot initiatives. Students and others make their voices heard with regard to the way the University is administered and state and federal policy matters.

159744611-Free-Speech-AreasWhat to do when you face unwelcome speech

Unfortunately, not everyone uses their speech rights responsibly. From time to time people, such a “Brother Jed” and others, come to our campus to offer strongly worded messages in an effort to antagonize students, faculty and staff about their appearance, behaviors and way of life.

Given the legal limitations on the University’s ability to regulate expressive activities, I recommend that our students, faculty and staff take certain actions when they encounter such situations:

  • If you do not like the things someone is saying, I encourage you to keep walking and not engage with the speaker. You are, of course, well within your rights to stop and engage in the expressive banter; however, if you do so, you are almost certain to continue to hear comments that you will find offensive.
  • If a speaker has crossed the line from making offensive comments to threatening or harassing an individual or group of bystanders, you should report the incident immediately to the administration. You may do so by contacting the University’s office of safety and transportation at (417) 836-5509. Other means of reporting complaints to University administration are set forth in the Student Complaint Procedures Policy.
  • If you believe it is safe to do so, you may make a video or audio recording of the activities. This recording could be useful in determining whether the speaker’s remarks were legally protected speech or illegal threats or harassment.
  • If you encounter bias-related situations or concerns that you believe can be remediated with voluntary interventions, I recommend submitting a Bias Incident Report for review by the University’s Bias Response Team.

As always, we remain vigilant to ensure constitutional rights to free speech on our campus while protecting our students, faculty and staff from illegal threats and harassment.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!


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