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Clif’s Notes for Oct. 6, 2015

Clif's Notes

As you know, we are in the process of developing Missouri State’s 2016-21 Long-Range Plan based on the foundation set by last year’s visioning project.

Long-range plan begins with new mission, vision and value statements

The long-range plan is being developed by a 12-person representative Steering Committee chaired by Dr. Gloria Galanes. It will include approximately 25 or 30 strategic priorities grouped into the six areas of the visioning document:

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

Once completed, units across campus will develop particular initiatives to put the University on a path toward achieving the strategic priorities. See more details on the process and a timeline for the long-range plan.

Students on campusInput is invited and encouraged

I want to update you on the status of the long-range planning process and give you an opportunity to provide input.

The first step in our long-range plan process is to develop mission, vision and value statements for the University. We have developed drafts of these statements.

The Steering Committee streamlined the mission statement, focusing on the most important parts of our mission at Missouri State. The draft mission statement reads:

Missouri State University is a comprehensive institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs, including the professional doctorate.  The University educates global citizen scholars committed to public affairs.

The Steering Committee built on the work of last year’s visioning process to develop a vision statement that accurately affirms Missouri State’s vision. The draft vision statement reads:

Missouri State University will be the university of choice for developing successful citizen scholars who excel at ethical leadership, cultural competence and community engagement.

You can also review the draft of the seven value statements.

These draft mission, vision and value statements are not finished, and we want to hear your ideas to make them better. Please take some time to review these drafts and provide feedback.  Please watch for additional opportunities to contribute to the long-range plan development process between now and July 1, 2016, when our new plan will be implemented.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!


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2015 State of the University Address ‘Our Passion for Excellence’

Clif Smart and Frank Einhellig presented the State of the University Address at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015.

Supplemental information

Broadcast information

For those who could not attend in person, the speech was recorded for replay at 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 on KSMU 91.1, 88.7 in Mountain Grove, 90.3 in West Plains, 98.9 in Joplin, 103.7 in Neosho, and KSMS 90.5 in Branson.

The speech will be televised on Ozarks Public Television at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 4.

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Clif’s Notes for Sept. 29, 2015

Clif's Notes

The next few weeks are important and busy ones for Missouri State. I hope you’ll get involved.

Campus encouraged to get involved in HLC visit, State of the University address and Denim Day

Students studyingHLC accreditation visit

Missouri State University has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) since 1915. The HLC accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the 19 states of the North Central region of the United States.

Accreditation with the HLC is critical to our work at Missouri State. Accreditation allows the University to award degrees, participate in financial aid programs and engage in other educational activities.

A team of HLC peer reviewers will be on the Springfield campus Oct. 5 and 6 to conduct a site visit as part of Missouri State’s reaffirmation of accreditation process. I encourage each of you to participate.

The Assurance Argument is the major document we submit for reaccreditation. You can review the executive summary for Missouri State’s Assurance Argument or the entire Assurance Argument on the University’s accreditation webpage.

Please also feel free to participate in the open forum meetings with the HLC team:

  • Open forum discussion for Criteria 1 and 2 from 10:10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 in the PSU Theater
  • Open forum discussion for Criteria 3 and 4 from 1:25 to 2:15 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 in the PSU Theater
  • Open forum discussion for Criterion 5 from 9 to 9:50 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in the PSU Theater
  • Drop in session from 2:30 to 3:20 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5 in PSU 308
  • Drop in session from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 6 in PSU 308

State of the University addressState of the University address

Please join me for this year’s State of the University address from 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 in the PSU Theater. You can also livestream the address.

The address will be titled “Our Passion for Excellence.” Dr. Einhellig and I will make brief remarks about the achievements Missouri State has realized over the past year and plans for the coming year.

How to participate

In efforts to increase audience participation, our protocol for questions and answers will be a bit different this year than in year’s past.

  • First, you can tweet questions using the hashtag #msuchat.
  • Second, you may post a question on the livestream webpage.
  • Third, you can write your questions on notecards available in the PSU Theater during the speech.

The questions submitted in these three ways will be answered twice during the address, once at the end of my remarks and again at the end of Dr. Einhellig’s remarks. Additionally, questions may be asked in person at the end of the address with an open microphone.

Slides and a video of the presentation will be available on the office of the president webpage after the address.

Missouri State cancer survivorsStaff Senate Denim Day

Please consider participating in the Staff Senate’s fundraising to support breast cancer research. The week-long drive culminates with the Lee National Denim Day, one of the largest single-day fundraisers for breast cancer, a disease that impacts countless lives every year. There are at least 18 known survivors on our campus.

Donate then wear denim on Oct. 2

All employees are invited to donate $5.00 to the cause and wear denim and their BearWear on Friday, Oct. 2 Collection coordinators are in different buildings and are available to accept your donation.

Name Location
Tammy Dixon Carrington 311
Kimberly Dixon Stores and Maintenance 102
Suzanne Moskalski Craig Hall 375
Jennifer Meyer Hill Hall 109
Emily Furtak Meyer Library 215
Lisa Searles Morris Center for Continuing Education 200
Cindy Elliot McQueary 204
Denise Baumann Hammons House 101
Brenda O’Connell Hammons Student Center 32
Terrill Harvey Baker Bookstore

Or, if you prefer, you may contact Kelly Bridges, Denim Day Committee chair, at kkbridges@missouristate.edu.

Attend luncheon on Oct. 28

Among the fundraising events is a University-wide luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!


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