Missouri State University

Futures Task Force Minutes

September 15, 2005

Those attending were: Frank Einhellig, Chair, Jane Doelling, D. Wayne Mitchell, Chris Barnhart, Ryan Giedd, Elizabeth Rozell, Mike Carlie, Dennis Hickey, Wade Thompson, Peter Collins, Michael Hignite, Marc Cooper, Kathryn Hope

Staff: Tami Sutton

The meeting began at 4:30 pm in PSU 317 with review of the September 8 meeting notes.

After approval of the meeting notes, the discussion turned to Dr. Ryan Giedd's Center for Applied Science & Engineering (CASE) presentation from the September 8 meeting. The purpose of the continued discussion was to use CASE as a model to apply the criteria developed earlier by the Futures Task Force. During this assessment it was determined that "building on existing strengths," needed to be added as additional criteria. The list of criteria now reads:

  • Major trends and opportunities in extramural funding
  • Areas of knowledge you anticipate will experience the most dramatic growth
  • Unique existing resources as well as current needs in Missouri, the Ozarks, and/or Springfield regarding economic development, technological advances, cultural enrichment, physical well-being, and/or social prosperity
  • New collaborations in research and/or learning as well as linkages to the University's existing and emerging research strengths
  • Building on existing strengths
  • Compatibility with the University's statewide mission in public affairs
  • Contributions to superior undergraduate, graduate, and professional education
  • Sustainability

Upon completion of this agenda item, the discussion turned to developing a process for reviewing input from the faculty that was solicited through a survey posted on the Future's Task Force website. Deadline for this survey input is Tuesday, September 27, 2005. It was decided that all members would read the input provided by Tami Sutton on a weekly basis until the September 29 meeting. At the September 29 meeting the Task Force will further discuss the review process of this input. The Task Force also concluded that they would like to review all input from the survey before deciding what individuals or groups would be used as additional sources of input. Also at this time it was decided to not produce a long-range activity timeline for the Task Force.

Tami Sutton was directed by the Task Force to post the notes from each of the meetings to the Future's website and also to link each member's name with their email address.

There will be no meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2005. The next meeting of the Task Force will be Thursday, September 29 at 3:30 pm in PSU 317. The main topic of discussion will be the faculty input from the survey.

Respectively submitted,

Tami Sutton Executive Assistant