Objectives Reflect Focus and Expansion

The Partners for Progress strategic direction has a number of components that integrate and work in parallel with the Engaged Inquiry strategic direction. Community partnerships often evolve either from the need for research or utilization of the skills and products emerging from the research/inquiry processes. These factors apply equally in research developments emerging from the science and medical areas, the social sciences and in the development of evidence-based teaching and learning practices.

Partners for Progress in the long-range plan has five major objectives:

Objective 1: Expand the opportunities and increase the impact of JVIC and IDEA Commons on the economic development of the region and state and enhance the University’s role and impact in supporting entrepreneurial activities that foster job creation and economic growth in the region and the state

Measure 1: Number of business clients served

2016 Target

TBD

TacticsAccountability
Continue development of IDEA Commons through a combination of strategic University and private investments Vice President and Assoc. Vice President for Research and Economic Development in cooperation with Small Business and Technology Development Center, Jordan Valley Innovation Center, and Colleges of Natural and Applied Sciences and Business Administration
Collaborate with the City of Springfield to establish IDEA Commons as a major economic activity center Vice President and Assoc. Vice President for Research and Economic Development in cooperation with Small Business and Technology Development Center, Jordan Valley Innovation Center, and Colleges of Natural and Applied Sciences and Business Administration
Establish an advisory group, chaired by the VPRED, with representation from the University, the city and the private sector charged with developing and overseeing implementation of the long-range finance and development plan for IDEA Commons Vice President and Assoc. Vice President for Research and Economic Development in cooperation with Small Business and Technology Development Center, Jordan Valley Innovation Center, and Colleges of Natural and Applied Sciences and Business Administration
Decrease dependence on direct congressional appropriations by increasing competitive funds received; Diversify revenue streams to support on-going JVIC operations Vice President and Assoc. Vice President for Research and Economic Development in cooperation with Small Business and Technology Development Center, Jordan Valley Innovation Center, and Colleges of Natural and Applied Sciences and Business Administration
In collaboration with Springfield Innovation, Inc., develop and operate a business incubator focused on supporting development of new technology-based businesses Vice President and Assoc. Vice President for Research and Economic Development in cooperation with Small Business and Technology Development Center, Jordan Valley Innovation Center, and Colleges of Natural and Applied Sciences and Business Administration
In the first year, establish targets for this measure Vice President and Assoc. Vice President for Research and Economic Development in cooperation with Small Business and Technology Development Center, Jordan Valley Innovation Center, and Colleges of Natural and Applied Sciences and Business Administration
Integrate activities of the Small Business Technology Development Center; Springfield Innovation, Inc.; and other related University programs in the Robert W. Plaster Center for Free Enterprise and Business Development to assist entrepreneurs and local companies with innovation and product development and to increase investment capital for local companies through the expansion of the Springfield Angel Network Vice President and Assoc. Vice President for Research and Economic Development in cooperation with Small Business and Technology Development Center, Jordan Valley Innovation Center, and Colleges of Natural and Applied Sciences and Business Administration
Utilize the extensive resources of University entities such as JVIC, CNAS and COBA to support entrepreneurial activities that foster job creation and economic growth in the region and state Vice President and Assoc. Vice President for Research and Economic Development in cooperation with Small Business and Technology Development Center, Jordan Valley Innovation Center, and Colleges of Natural and Applied Sciences and Business Administration

Measure 2: Number of jobs created in the region

2016 Target

Increase from 59 to 150
Source: Small Business Technology Development Center Benchmark Comparisons

TacticsAccountability
See tactics for Measure 1 "Number of business clients served" Assoc. Vice President for Economic Development in cooperation with Small Business and Technology Development Center

Measure 3: Number of businesses incubated

2016 Target

Increase from 0 to 6
Source: Springfield Innovation, Inc. Benchmark Comparisons

TacticsAccountability
See tactics for Measure 1 "Number of business clients served" Assoc. Vice President for Economic Development in cooperation with Small Business and Technology Development Center and Springfield Innovation, Inc.

Measure 4: External research funds generated

2016 Target

Increase from $4.4 million annually to $6 million Source: University Benchmark Comparisons

TacticsAccountability
See tactics for Measure 1 "Number of business clients served" Director of Office of Sponsored Research and Programs (OSRP) in cooperation with Provost and College Deans

Measure 5: Total investment in new businesses or expansion of existing businesses

2016 Target

Increase from $1.5 million to $8 million
Source: Springfield Innovation, Inc. Benchmark Comparisons

TacticsAccountability
See tactics for Measure 1 "Number of business clients served" Assoc. Vice President for Economic Development in cooperation with SBTDC and Springfield Innovation, Inc.

Measure 6: Number of students interning/studying at JVIC/IDEA Commons

2016 Target

Increase from 10 to 20
Source: Aspirational based on history

TacticsAccountability
See tactics for Measure 1 "Number of business clients served" Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Assoc. Vice President for Research in cooperation with Provost and College Deans

Objective 2: Increase MSU's presence and impact in helping resolve critical community-based issues locally and regionally

Measure 1: Number of continuing education offerings and technical assistance

2016 Target

Increase from 30 to 50 annually
Source: Aspirational

TacticsAccountability

Appoint task force in first year of the plan to determine:

  • Agreement on definitions
  • Priority areas on focus
  • Evaluation and revision of targets
  • Identify and inventory current community-based problem solving research project
Vice President for Research and Economic Development and Assoc. Vice President for Research in cooperation with Provost and College Deans

Measure 2: Number of applied community-based problem-solving research projects

2016 Target

TBD

TacticsAccountability

Appoint task force in first year of the plan to determine:

  • Agreement on definitions
  • Priority areas on focus
  • Evaluation and revision of targets
  • Identify and inventory current community-based problem solving research project
Assoc. Vice President for Research in cooperation with Provost and College Deans

Objective 3: Expand collaborations and work with P-12 partners to improve schools and student readiness for college

Measure: Number of collaborations

TBD

2016 Target

TacticsAccountability
Continue College of Education's development of Rural Education Center Provost, College of Education in cooperation with the Director, Office of Sponsored Research and Programs
Prepare College of Education inventory of existing partnerships in the first year of the plan, and continue to seek additional partnerships, where feasible Provost, College of Education in cooperation with the Director, Office of Sponsored Research and Programs

Objective 4: Increase technology transfer through innovation and partnerships with science and technology communities in the region and beyond

Measure: Number of invention disclosures received

2016 Target

Increase from 2 to 3
Source: University Benchmark Comparisons

TacticsAccountability
Continue to develop the relationship and joint services among Missouri State University, the Missouri Technology Corporation and the Missouri University of Science and Technology to increase technology transfer and commercialization Assoc. Vice President for Research and Assoc. Vice President for Economic Development in cooperation with Springfield Innovation, Inc.
Ensure that Springfield Innovation, Inc. is a major contributor in the statewide network of innovation centers Assoc. Vice President for Research and Assoc. Vice President for Economic Development in cooperation with Springfield Innovation, Inc.
Continue to support expansion of the Springfield Angels Network as well as pursue public and private funding necessary to commercialize new, innovative products Assoc. Vice President for Research and Assoc. Vice President for Economic Development in cooperation with Springfield Innovation, Inc.

Objective 5: Expand opportunities to support social, cultural, education, and health related issues through collaborations with local, regional, state, national and global partners

Measure 1: Number of collaborations developed by academic colleges

2016 Target

TBD

TacticsAccountability
Academic colleges will have advisory groups for each discipline and college Provost, College Deans
Deans and possibly department heads will become more involved in civic organizations to identify community needs Provost, College Deans
Academic colleges will develop additional collaborations utilizing faculty research and expertise Provost, College Deans

Measure 2: Number of new projects completed

2016 Target

TBD

TacticsAccountability
College of Health and Human Services will develop and implement a Rural Health Initiative Provost, Deans of College of Health and Human Services in cooperation with Director, Office of Sponsored Research and Programs
College of Education will develop and implement a Rural Education Initiative Provost, Dean of College of Education in cooperation with Director, Office of Sponsored Research and Programs