Task forces were named to focus on six topics that will affect the future of Missouri
State University: academic profile, student experience, diversity, globalization,
infrastructure and funding.
Members of the Steering Committee chaired the task forces, and each included 16 members
representing students, faculty, staff, administrators, donors, alumni and community
In dealing with their topics, the task forces conducted research, scheduled guest
speakers from both on and off campus, organized panel discussions and accessed videos
and other pertinent resources. Some task forces organized committees to study key
issues in more depth.
On average, the full task forces met 8-10 times. In addition, there were committee
meetings and other small group meetings on the topics.
The work of the task forces was supplemented by a series of guest speakers for the
benefit of all:
- Dr. Jillian Kinzie, associate director, Center for Postsecondary Research and National
Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute
- Dr. Susan Grajek, vice president for data, research and analytics at EDUCAUSE
- Jim Moody, governmental relations consultant and former budget director for the State
- Mike Downing, director of the Missouri Department of Economic Development.
Matt Hesser, the state demographer, also supplied a report on Missouri demographics
to the task force members.
Ultimately, each task force submitted a three- to five-page report with supporting
documents. The reports include the task force process, trends, reaffirmations, issues,
the vision and implications for the next long-range plan.
Envisioning alignment of the University’s array of academic programs, strategic partnerships
and research emphasis to help ensure the next generation of students/learners succeeds
Envisioning a rich, memorable and distinctive educational experience that helps ensure
success for students
Envisioning a campus community that embraces diversity in all aspects of campus learning/life
Envisioning integration of globalization in all University endeavors in order for
the campus community to compete, function and succeed in the worldwide environment/economy
Envisioning a campus infrastructure — facilities, technology, environmental sustainability
— that supports the academic programs and research initiatives, as well as contribute
to the University’s overall operational efficiency
Envisioning the long-term financial vitality of the University and position the University
to deal with changes and challenges that might be anticipated in the next 10-12 years
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