Strategic Plan

6 Core Strategic
Objective Areas

  • Research
  • Education
  • Global Engagement
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Engaging Alumni and Fundraising
  • Partnerships

Research Objective

We will generate innovative and significant scholarship that will yield new knowledge, shape how we teach and learn, and contribute to a deeper understanding of the natural and cultural worlds.

  • Strategy 1:  Establish Faculty Development Initiatives
    • Tactic a) Faculty Professional Enhancement Grant Program
    • Tactic b) Faculty Mentoring Committee(s)
  • Strategy 2: Enhance Faculty Recognition
    • Tactic a) Organize Departmental Honors Committees
    • Tactic b) Market and Communicate Faculty Success
  • Strategy 3: Increase Research Productivity
    • Tactic a) Work to increase external funding success
    • Tactic b) Support Collaborative Research
    • Tactic c) Improve efficiency of research centers and core facilities
  • Strategy 4) Establish Research Advisory Council
  • Strategy 5) Manage Space
    • Tactic a) develop a long-term plan for efficient allocation and development of research space
    • Tactic b) work with functional offices to evaluate utilization of general purpose and departmental classrooms

Education Objective

We will provide undergraduates with an excellent liberal arts education -- distinguished by active student learning and discovery, intellectual breadth and depth, and the development of enduring skills -- that prepares them to be successful and engaged citizens in a diverse and global society.

We will enhance graduate studies in the College through strategic program development in both traditional disciplines and interdisciplinary areas of study.

  • Strategy 1: Increase student Access to the College
    • Tactic a) Establish new student recruitment scholarship
    • Tactic b) Craft new CAS scholarship essay prompts and rubrics
  • Strategy 2: Enhance Student Advising and Career Coaching to students
    • Tactic a) Assess advising needs throughout the College
    • Tactic b) Partner with Career Services on resourcing two new career coaches in the College
  • Strategy 3: Plan for Enrollment Growth
    • Tactic a) Assess undergraduate enrollment patterns and work with Academic Affairs to fund additional sections of critical classes
    • Tactic b) Improve recruitment of high quality graduate students
    • Tactic c) Include consideration of teaching needs in hiring plan
  • Strategy 4: Promote opportunities for high achieving students
    • Tactic a) Clarify the process and deadlines for students writing a thesis in the college
    • Tactic b) Work with faculty to develop guidelines and suggestions for advising a thesis
    • Tactic c) Encourage faculty to nominate strong students for prestigious scholarships
    • Tactic d) Provide students support in preparing applications for prestigious scholarships
    • Tactic e) Increase opportunities for students to engage with faculty and research experiences
  • Strategy 5: Support Graduate Programs
    • Tactic a) Work to increase both number of GTAs and competitiveness of GTA stipends
    • Tactic b) Encourage departments to provide professional training opportunities for graduate students

Global Engagement Objective

We will increase our efforts to enhance our standing in Global Engagement and Global Studies.

  • Strategy 1: Establish Travel grant opportunities
    • Tactic a) International Travel Award Program
    • Tactic b) International Research Collaboration Grant program
  • Strategy 2: Establish College Goals for international research partnerships and education abroad

Diversity & Inclusion Objective

We will work closely with the university to ensure the equal right of every member of our community—students, staff, and faculty—is included, supported, and heard.

  • Strategy 1: Establish a Framework for fostering diversity & inclusion in the College
  • Strategy 2: Establish a Diversity & Inclusion Committee for the College

Engaging Alumni & Fundraising Objective

We will expand alumni involvement in College activities and also enhance its alumni fund-raising efforts.

  • Strategy 1: Outline College and NU Foundation relationship and expectations
    • Tactic a) Establish regular meetings between College/NUF focused on priorities, communication, and outreach
  • Strategy 2: Assess/Grow College/NUF development and outreach resources
    • Tactic a) Hire new External Relations person within the College
    • Tactic b) Develop coordinated development plan with NUF including 12 city tour and annual development trips with high-prospect donors
  • Strategy 3: Establish CAS Alumni Advisory Council

Partnerships Objective

We will foster partnerships with all of our constituents – students, faculty, staff, administrative leadership, alumni, donors, community, private industry, etc. that are meaningful, innovative, and connected to all strategic objectives and the overall mission of the College.

  • Strategy 1: Establish comprehensive Marketing/Communications plan
    • Tactic a) Assure Marketing plan addresses all constituents and allows opportunities for 2-way communication
  • Strategy 2: Establish CAS Alumni Advisory Council
  • Strategy 3: Continue support/grow resources for CAS Staff Council
  • Strategy 4: Encourage and support engagement of faculty and students with community partners
    • Tactic a) Establish partnership seed funding award
    • Tactic b) Establish alumni partnership network