Eight Major Goals for 2014-15

This document summarizes the University’s eight major goals for 2014-2015. This document is an action plan — a road map — that the Board of Governors and University administration will follow in the coming year. These goals were specifically designed to assist the University in achieving its purpose of developing educated persons.

These goals are not intended to take the place of the University’s mission statement, Long-Range Plan, Key Performance Indicators, statewide performance measures for funding or the other goals, objectives and action items established by the University and its component parts.

I. Access to success

  1. Maintain modest growth in enrollment while increasing the diversity of the student body.
    • Create and implement a graduate needs-based scholarship program and graduate diversity scholarship program.
    • Create new academic programs based on student demand and state need.
    • Strengthen relationships with key community college partners (Ozarks Technical Community College, Crowder College, Metropolitan Community College, St. Charles Community College and St. Louis Community College).
    • Continue Illinois recruitment efforts.
    • Continue international recruitment efforts.
    • Expand opportunities for collaboration with diversity-oriented organizations, such as Kauffman Scholars, College Bound, etc.
  2. Increase the retention rate of first-time freshmen.
    • Develop and implement a strategy to redesign orientation programs, living learning communities and family activities to better engage students with the University.
    • Develop and implement a strategy to redesign GEP 101 into a signature class.
    • Develop a program to assist freshmen students on academic probation.
    • Evaluate admission requirements and protocols for low-performing applicants.
  3. Increase the number of alternative pathway options for students.
    • Continue to expand online summer school enrollment options.
    • Create and implement a pilot project to encourage programs to adopt credit by assessment as appropriate.
    • Create a model for effectively offering MSU programs at off-campus sites (Lebanon, West Plains and community colleges).
    • Offer and actively market two open online courses for the public in Ozarks studies fields.
    • Create an online option for the professional writing program.
  4. Maintain competitive cost of attendance.
  5. Continue to implement the career tracking program to meet the new state performance funding measure.
  6. Successfully complete the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) self-study process (assurance report) and submit findings in accordance with HLC timeline.

II. Public affairs integration

  1. Emphasize and hold the seven signature public affairs events, including the successful induction of the second class of the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame.
  2. Develop a comprehensive public affairs assessment plan.
  3. Develop a campus-wide community service project in conjunction with the University’s 110th anniversary.
  4. Continue regular publication of the eJournal of Public Affairs, and take steps to increase its visibility.

III. Engaged inquiry

  1. Sustain awards of grants and sponsored research above $20 million annually.
  2. Sustain applications for grants and sponsored research above 300 annually.
  3. Develop and implement strategies to emphasize nanotechnology research.
  4. Increase collaboration between the physics, astronomy and materials science department and the Jordan Valley Innovation Center to enhance research and competitiveness for grants and external funding.
  5. Publish the second edition of Mind’s Eye to highlight the University’s research successes.
  6. Establish a fund to assist faculty with travel expenses associated with presenting research internationally.

IV. Partners for progress

  1. Create and implement a two-year pilot project for a Center for Community Engagement to conduct community-based research on local and regional social issues.
  2. Complete a diversity climate survey and develop a campus diversity plan to highlight successes and address challenges.
  3. Collaborate with Springfield Public Schools to develop and implement an entrepreneurship program at The eFactory.
  4. Complete the University’s outreach plan for the Kansas City area.
  5. Develop agreements on internship sites for students in the Master of Occupational Therapy program.

V. Valuing and supporting people

  1. Improve compensation for faculty and staff.
    • Provide a cost-of-living pay raise for full-time employees.
    • Continue the Full Professor Incentive Program.
    • Develop and implement programs to target other high-performing and/or underpaid employee groups for additional compensation.
  2. Improve diversity of the workforce.
    • Encourage individuals involved in hiring processes to hire highly qualified, diverse candidates in furtherance of the University’s affirmative action plan, with a target of at least 20% of new hires being ethnically or racially diverse, international, disabled, of veteran status or a member of a group that is underrepresented within the hiring department.
    • Continue to implement the campus-wide ADP diversity goal, and develop a metric to measure its compliance.
  3. Fully implement the newly created employee mentorship programs and the employee affinity group program.
  4. Evaluate the feasibility of modifying the existing credit course fee waiver benefit to allow for automated accounting of the benefit and for participation by employee groups not currently allowed to participate.

VI. Responsible stewardship

  1. Continue to grow and diversify revenue.
    • Maximize state funding by satisfying the established statewide performance measures.
    • Advocate for capital funding through state appropriations under the bonding authority established by Senate Bill 723.
    • Emphasize private support through mini capital campaigns for Glass Hall, the hospitality and restaurant administration department building project, the College of Health and Human Services building projects, the College of Arts and Letters campaigns and the Meyer Library renovation.
    • Develop and implement an investment strategy within the scope of existing University policies to enhance the portfolio return given the amount of the reserve fund.
  2. Successfully bond the construction and purchase of academic spaces, including Brick City Building 4, the Student Admissions and Success (Welcome) Center, Occupational Therapy and Health Sciences Building and the Morris Center (fifth floor renovation).
  3. Invest in the preservation, modernization and replacement of capital assets to support mission critical needs.
    • By fall 2014, complete construction/renovation of Plaster Stadium, the Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center and the recreation and athletic facilities funded by the B.E.A.R. Fee.
    • Begin construction / renovation of the Student Admissions and Success (Welcome) Center, Pummill Hall, Occupational Therapy and Health Sciences Building, Kentwood Hall, Sunvilla, Meyer Library (Phase I) and the Morris Center (fifth floor renovation).
  4. Utilize and operate facilities efficiently.
    • Obtain a STARS Silver rating from AASHE.
    • Sponsor "Green Revolution," a Smithsonian traveling exhibition, at the Discovery Center of Springfield.
    • Continue to implement modifications to class start times to increase classroom usage.
    • Continue to evaluate class placements to increase classroom usage.
    • Continue to more efficiently heat and cool buildings through responsible space scheduling practices and cost-effective environmentally friendly building practices.
    • Evaluate opportunities to extend the campus chilled water loop to more efficiently provide cold water to campus facilities.
    • Evaluate the results of resealing parking lots with asphalt emulsion as an alternative to coal tar.
  5. Manage University-wide risk effectively by developing and implementing an Enterprise Risk Management Program through the existing compliance committee to identify risks, evaluate risk management tools and implement risk management solutions.

VII. Athletics

  1. Vie for a football playoff berth.
  2. Finish in the top three in the MVC All-Sports standings.
  3. Increase memberships in The Bears Fund, and increase ticket sales in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.
  4. Collaborate with students and Learfield Sports to improve the overall game day experience.
  5. Comply fully with NCAA rules with no major violations.
  6. Maintain an NCAA Academic Progress Rate above 930 for all teams.
  7. Successfully implement the MVC television and digital media initiative.
  8. Increase cumulative volunteer hours performed by student-athletes from 2,000 to 2,500.
  9. Evaluate new NCAA legislation and create and implement an appropriate strategic response.

VIII. West Plains integration

  1. Continue to develop and market pathways for students to transition from West Plains course work to Springfield course work.
    • Evaluate the potential for delivery of additional Springfield courses and programs on the West Plains campus.
    • Enhance marketing efforts to inform West Plains students of their available options to participate in Springfield courses and programs.
    • Enhance orientation processes for students transferring from the West Plains campus to the Springfield campus.
    • Identify opportunities for Springfield student organizations to coordinate and interact with West Plains student organizations.
  2. Develop and implement a policy that prescribes a formula for the University’s funding of the West Plains campus.
  3. Identify and evaluate opportunities to enhance coordination and cooperation between the Springfield and West Plains bookstores.
  4. Identify and evaluate opportunities to improve the coordination of Banner processes between the West Plains and Springfield campuses.