On Schedule to Deliver the Strategic Plan
The Strategic Planning process is moving full steam ahead as the three pillar working groups of Learning, Discovery, and Engagement each met to ferret out the final goals, metrics, and action items this past week. The Strategic Planning process is integral to the future of the University, but is especially important at this time of budget cuts and uncertainty. President Kennedy attended the pillar working group sessions and noted how impressed he was that the Strategic Planning committee and working groups continued to plow forward through this process amidst the ever changing landscape that is happening due to budget cuts, changing economic conditions, and the like.
What’s Next ? There will be a meeting mid-April to finalize the Strategic Plan and coordinate campus wide informational sessions of the Strategic Plan by each pillar working group. The sessions will review each pillar’s goals, metrics, and action plan. Attendees will learn about the direction and accountability the University is taking in Learning, Discovery, and Engagement and will have the chance to ask questions of that working group. Times and dates on the informational sessions will be solidified by the mid-April meeting. Do you have ideas on how to best convey this information to the entire campus community? If so, feel free to comment on this blog site or email.
Strategic Planning Committee Meets to Progress Strategic Initiative. Meetings on Jan. 11 and Jan. 31, 2017 tackle the Strategic Initiatives Pillars and SMART Goals. The Strategic Planning Committee started off the new year by focusing on condensing the Strategic Initiatives into three main “Pillars”, drilling down into each of the strategic initiative SMART Goals, and tactics to achieve those goals. Additionally, the culmination of the past meetings led into the investment priorities presented at the most recent planning meeting and covered in recent articles in UND Today.
Honing Goals for the Future
President Mark Kennedy gives remarks at the start of the Strategic Planning meeting Tuesday, January 31, 2017, in Wilkerson Commons. Our One UND strategic planning process has identified the need for an increased investment in marketing, scholarships, enhancing graduation rates, research, students’ acquisition of critical competencies during their tenure at UND, and a survey of the campus climate relative to diversity. The Chancellor’s NexusND initiative has further called for investments that increase our research capacity by investing in High Performance Computing and launching an Unmanned Institute. Continuing to press forward with these investments is essential if we are to emerge from this effort poised for a brighter future.
The Region’s Chief Opportunity Engine
Kennedy makes case to Legislators that UND is the region’s chief opportunity engine. UND President Mark Kennedy talks to members of the University of North Dakota Alumni Caucus about goals and initiatives he would like to bring about on the Grand Forks campus. Kennedy made similar points to the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday at the State Capitol in Bismarck. Photo by Shawna Schill. University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy isn’t interested in making lemonade out of lemons. He prefers swapping onions for strawberries.
On Monday the first-year UND leader bookended a nearly 40-minute presentation to members of the Senate Appropriations Committee by highlighting two historical portraits hanging in the committee room: one, at the beginning, of farmers harvesting onions, and the other, to conclude his talk, of strawberry pickers displaying their bounty. His testimony addressed Senate Bill 2003 funding the University System in the next biennium. The symbolism of the portraits in his presentation served to drive home a point, each in its own way.
“As we think about the budget numbers before us and the cuts (UND) has already taken about $30 million last cycle it could, like when cutting onions, bring tears to your eyes”, Kennedy told the gathering at the State Capitol. “But rather than cry before you today, I would rather celebrate the things that you and your predecessors have done for us” founding and investing in UND. Later, Kennedy explained the significance of the berry-picking photo, saying that his first job at 14 was plucking strawberries for 25 cents a quart, saying, “…our team is willing to work hard, and we want to extend a hand out to the Legislature and to the state to say we are looking forward to working together to build an even greater UND and an even greater North Dakota”.
Between the two examples, Kennedy laid out how UND is the chief opportunity engine for North Dakota and North Dakotans, making the case for the benefits UND delivers to the state and its citizens. As the premier flagship University in the Northern Plains, UND is delivering these opportunities by growing the talent needed to fuel the economy, he said. UND also is a key driver in diversifying the state’s economy so it can be less dependent on the prices of oil and wheat. Furthermore, he said, UND is collaborating with the private and public sectors on research and job growth. In this regard, UND is focused on a number of what Kennedy refers to as “Grand Challenges”, such as energy security and sustainability, healthcare delivery in rural areas, management and security of information technology in the era of Big Data, and continued innovation in unmanned systems. “Having research-informed teaching is what makes going to a research institution unique”, Kennedy said. “We take this role of having the kind of research that will drive economic diversity very seriously”.
Kennedy tells members of the Senate Appropriations Committee that UND is prepared to meet the budget challenges looming in the next biennium, and UND will continue its mission as the chief opportunity engine for North Dakota and North Dakotans. Photo by Peter Johnson. UND’s research enterprise isn’t only important for economic diversity; it’s a bargain for the state, Kennedy said. In 2016, for every $1 in research funding that UND got from the state, it brought in $6 from other external sources, creating $146 million in economic impact.
“We would suggest that there is no other institution in the state that matches that”, Kennedy said. “This is an important area to continue to nurture”. Kennedy also took time to applaud the legislature for its support of matching programs over the last two biennia that raised money for much-needed student scholarships and faculty support. UND has used the state’s Challenge Fund to raise about $33 million private donations, which were matched with $16.5 million in state money to support students and faculty. UND has also started chipping away at the estimated $500 million in deferred maintenance costs to aging buildings on campus. He said UND was able to take $4.4 million from the Legislature in the last biennium and matched it with $8.8 million in University funds to make repairs to buildings such as the Chester Fritz Library and O’Kelly Hall.
He said, “Having matching opportunities so that we can leverage other dollars is so very important to us in being able to offset [state budget reductions]”. Kennedy addressed the potential need for further cuts that might be mandated from the Legislature in the future by reporting that UND units already have been asked to provide reduction scenarios at the 4, 8 and 12 percent of fiscal year 2017 level. When it comes time to make decisions on how much each units’ budgets are reduced, he said, they won’t all be treated equally; rather, they will be judged on how much opportunity those units are generating. “The No. 1 variable that we’ll be [looking at] is the potency of each (unit) in delivering learning in the form of either credit hours or graduates, or discovery in the form of research dollars or research publications or creative works”, Kennedy said, “and making sure that we are coming out of this …more potent in terms of the opportunity we are delivering for the state”.
Kennedy stressed, however, that it’s not all about cutting. As part of UND’s ongoing Strategic Planning Process, the University is re-examining its priorities and looking at ways to invest at the same time it is reducing expenditures. In this area, UND is looking at doubling the number of experiential learning opportunities (internships, service learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, etc.) for its students, using predictive analytics informed timely interventions to help increase graduation rates, and continuing to expand research to address the Grand Challenges. Brandon Beyer, UND student body president, joined Kennedy at the Senate hearing and told committee members that UND has put a high priority on making sure students have been involved in the Strategic Planning process and other important decision-making moving forward. “I’m very pleased with the involvement that we have across the board on all decisions at the University”, Beyer said. “(President Kennedy) is always willing to provide justification as we move forward into these hard times … Obviously, these are hard decisions but necessary to do”.
UND’s Strategic Initiatives – We need your input
Overview: The Strategic Planning Committee has developed eight preliminary Strategic Initiatives that flow from its educational mission and Core Values. These Initiatives would provide the foundation of the Strategic Plan. This Campus Conversation creates an opportunity for the campus community to provide its insights on the Strategic Initiatives. At UND, our Strategic Initiatives include:
1. Diversity – creating a welcoming and inclusive environment
2. Teaching – implementing best and next practices in teaching and learning
3. Liberal arts – providing a strong liberal arts foundation
4. Scholarship – achieving national excellence in research, scholarly, and creative activity
5. Collaboration – breaking down silos toward One UND
6. Community – fostering greater engagement and connection with the community and world
7. Recruitment – recruiting and admissions to achieve a diverse and high-quality student body
8. Success – retaining, graduating, and successful placement/employment
1. Are these the right initiatives for UND to be focusing on? Why or why not?
2. Are the descriptions of the initiatives specific and accurate? If not, what would you add or change?
3. Are there initiatives missing? If so, what are they and how would you define them?
Please provide feedback on this topic at one of the Campus Conversations (check events page for times and locations), add comments below, or send comments to UND. Please respond by November 1, 2016. Thank you! * If responding to a specific question, please note the question you are responding to. In the interest of gathering constructive feedback, please refrain from using profanity or abusive language in your comments.
UND’s Core Values – We Need Your Input
At UND, our Core Values include:
– A liberal arts educational foundation that nurtures life-long learning.
– An understanding and appreciation of diversity.
– A welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment.
– An enthusiasm for discovery, creativity and innovation.
– Collaboration and connectedness.
– Our service to the state, region, nation, and global community.
Questions to Consider:
– How does the UND community currently embody and express these core values?
– How should the UND community aspire to embody and express our core values?
– How would we measure our success in achieving our core values?
– What, if anything, would you add or change in these statements of our core values that embodies or expresses who we are as a University community?
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A Campus Conversation – UND Core Values
– Kickoff with Staff Senate – 10/12 from 1:30-2:30 pm
– October 13 at 1:00-2:00 pm
– October 14 at 9:00-10:00 am
– October 17 at 3:30-4:30 pm
A Campus Conversation – UND Strategic Initiatives
– October 20 at 8:00-9:00 am
– October 21 at 2:00-3:00 pm
– October 24 at 1:00-2:00 pm
Staff Senate – October 12th 1:30 -2:30
UND Alumni Association and Foundation Board – October 13th 8:15 – 10:15 AM
Arts and Sciences Alumni Advisory Board – October 13th 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Student Government – October 19 at 7:00-8:00 pm
Associate of Residence Halls – TBD
Student Senate – TBD
Team. President’s Cabinet & Steering Committee
– Laurie Betting, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.
– Brandon Beyer, Student Government President.
– Alice Brekke, Vice President for Finance & Operations.
– Tom DiLorenzo, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
– Brian Faison, Director of Athletics.
– Angelique Foster, Associate Executive Assistant to the President.
– Dana Harsell, Chair of University Senate, Co-Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee.
– Pam Henderson, President of Staff Senate.
– Peter Johnson, Interim Vice President for University & Public Affairs.
– Grant McGimpsey, Vice President for Research & Economic Development and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
– Becky Weaver-Hightower, Past Chair of University Senate.
– Joshua Wynne, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences.
– DeAnna Carlson Zink, CEO of the UND Alumni Association & Foundation.
– Hesham El-Rewini, Dean of the College of Engineering & Mines
– Cara Halgren, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
– Cindy Juntunen, Interim Dean of the College of Education & Human Development
– Paul Lindseth, Dean of the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
– Grant McGimpsey, Vice President for Research & Economic Development and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies
– Kathryn Rand, Dean of the Law School
– Gayle Roux, Dean of the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines
– Debbie Storrs, Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
– Stephanie Walker, Dean of Libraries & Information Resources
– Margaret Williams, Dean of the College of Business & Public Administration
– Joshua Wynne, Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine & Health Sciences
– Blake Andert, Student Government Vice President
– Abbie Christiansen, Student Government Projects Coordinator
– Shawn McHale, Association of Residence Halls President
– Roy Roach, Multicultural Programs & Services Graduate Services Assistant
– Melissa Gjellstad, College of Arts & Sciences
– Duane Helleloid, College of Business & Public Administration
– Jeffrey Holm, College of Arts & Sciences
– Soizik Laguette, John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences
– Michael Mann, College of Engineering & Mines
– Thomas Mohr, School of Medicine & Health Sciences
– Brad Myers, School of Law
– David Nguyen, College of Education & Human Development
– Maridee Shogren, College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines
– Tiffany Ford, Associate State Director, North Dakota Small Business Development Center
– Carrie Herrig, Learning & Development Coordinator, Human Resources
– Derek Sporbert, TRIO Programs Director, TRIO Programs
– Jason Trainer, Director of Admissions
– Chris Zygarlicke, AVP, Strategic Projects & Univ. Relations, Energy & Environmental Research Center
– Amber Flynn, Coordinator of Sexual Respect & Violence Prevention and Vice President of Staff Senate
– Hal Gershman, Grand Forks business and community leader
Other Committee Members
– Stacey Borboa-Peterson, Graduate Student and Director of Multicultural Programs & Services
– Scott Correll, Registrar
– Todd Feland, Grand Forks City Administrator
– Sol Jensen, Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services
– Sandra Mitchell, Associate Vice President for Diversity & Inclusion