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1 Our Time: UConns Path to Excellence Academic Plan 2014-2020

2 University Academic Vision Committee Rich Schwab (Chair), Neag Professor of Educational Leadership Sally Reis, Vice Provost & BOT Professor, Ex Officio Amy Donahue, COO & Professor of Public Policy, Ex Officio Anne DAleva, Dept Head & Associate Professor of Art & Art History JC Beall, Professor of Philosophy Bethany Berger, Thomas J. Gallivan, Jr. Professor of Law Preston Britner, Professor of Human Development & Family Studies Diane Burgess, BOT Professor of Pharmaceutical Science Lynne Healy, BOT Professor of Social Work Jon Goldberg, Professor of Reconstructive Sciences Brent Graveley, Professor of Genetics & Developmental Biology Peter Luh, SNET Endowed Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering William Ross, ING Global Chair Professor of Marketing Steve Ross, Professor of Economics Larry Silbart, Professor & Department Head of Allied Health Sciences Thomas Van Hoof, Associate Professor of Nursing

3 New Academic Plan (AP) When UConn students graduate, what do we want them to be (JC Beall)? what do we want them to know? When UConn faculty and staff are recruited, what qualities will be sought? When UConn faculty are promoted and tenured, what accomplishments will be emphasized? When UConn is evaluated in 2020, what will we be known for? What intellectual, infrastructure & financial resources are required to achieve goals?

4 New Academic Plan (AP) Realize aspiration to become top flagship university Articulate strategic areas of academic and research emphasis to achieve national prominence Need to be focused & strategic and not all- encompassing Provide basis to make informed decisions on faculty & staff hiring, academic organization, facilities investment, space allocation, etc. Selected programs will grow and some programs will be de-funded

5 Who will be Involved? Office of the Provost & the UAVC will develop over- arching vision & goals for academic programs Input from university community will inform this process Deans & College/School Academic Vision Committees (CSAVC) will develop specific goals, priorities & metrics of academic programs Involvement primarily of Department Heads & Faculty with representation of Staff & Students

6 Input from CSAVC Emphasize excellence in research & teaching What are the strengths we can build upon? What new strengths can we create? What can we do better by collaborating with other schools/colleges? What programs can be de-funded to reallocate resources? What continuing programs, while important, are not part of the Academic Plan?

7 How will We Proceed? Phase I (Feb – May) - Engage the community to explore strengths & opportunities across the university Phase II (June – Oct) - Develop goals, strategic initiatives and metrics for evaluation into a draft plan Phase III (Nov) – Seek input for draft plan from community through public forums Phase IV (Dec – Jan 14) – Complete and invest in priorities of the Academic Plan Continuing Phase – Conduct annual evaluation for meeting goals of Academic Plan

8 U. California - Berkeley Academic Goals Pursuing New Areas of Inquiry Enhancing UG Education Supporting Graduate Education Maintaining Research Leadership Building the Interactive Campus Investing in Housing Aligning Proposals & Resources Research Emphasis Computational Biology Nano Sciences & Engineering Society & Technology Cultural Evolution & Preservation Metropolitan Studies International Relations & Global Security New Economic Theories Complex Systems, Design & Human Interfaces New Media Environment

9 Academic Goals U. California – San Diego Become the leading public university that enriches human life Provide enabling and empowering environment and opportunity for all to achieve their objectives, dreams and ambitions Increase faculty size Increase number of PhDs University of Wisconsin Promote Research Faculty & Staff Infrastructure Advance Learning Individual Creativity First-year Experience Distance Learning Lifelong Learning Diversity

10 Research Emphasis U. California – Los Angeles Environment & Energy Health & Biomedical Science Foundational Science & Engineering Science, Technology & Economic Growth Community, Nation & Society Global Issues Cultural Tradition & Innovation U. North Carolina – Chapel Hill Biotechnology & Bioengineering Aviation Health & Wellness Environmental Science, Climate Change and Sustainability Sustainable Energy Nanoscience Advanced Manufacturing Marine Science Natural Products Financial Services

11 Performance Metrics of Top Universities in 2011 Federal Research Support – 80 th Total Research (incl. State, Industry and USDA) – 79 th Membership in the National Academies – 104 th Faculty Awards, Fellowships & Membership – 43 rd Doctoral Degree Conferrals – 62 nd Citations – (DM) ? Undergraduate Education – Natl Merit Scholars – 180 th – SAT Scores – 153 rd

12 Comparison Groups (Chronicle of HE) Georgia Tech Ohio State U Penn State Purdue U UC, Berkeley UC, Davis UC, Irvine UCLA UCSD UCSB Arizona State U Binghamton U Brigham Young U Florida State U George Mason U Iowa State U Miami U, Oxford North Dakota State U Ohio U, Athens Rutgers U SUNY, Albany Texas Tech U West Virginia U U of Massachusetts U of New Hampshire U of Rhode Island U of Texas, Dallas U of Vermont U of Florida U of Georgia U of Illinois U of Maryland U of Michigan U of North Carolina U of Texas U of Virginia U of Washington U of Wisconsin

13 Guiding Principles for AP Big Ideas! to Re-envision UConn Innovative thinking to grow the university Guide significant investments in the midst of fiscal challenges Objective Evaluation of All Academic Programs Where should we invest and divest? Higher standards in recruitment, PTR, teaching effectiveness Emphasis on Extramural Research Programs & Scholarship Centers of Excellence, discoveries & impact, econ development Extramural research decreased by 11% since 2010 Only 378 faculty submitted proposals as PIs One University – Leverage Investments Adaptable to Change Reorganization of schools and departments to meet goals

14 Aligning Resources to AP Reallocation of existing resources ($1.8B Budget) $400M in UConn 2000 300 Faculty Hiring Program (150 positions remaining) Hire in disciplines that will be lead to excellence, i.e., Additive Manufacturing; Materials Genomics; Insurance & Business Law; Systems Genomics; Educational Assessment; Digital Media; etc $172M Tech Park Program ($154M Remaining) Industry partnerships for technology development Eminent Faculty hiring program $865M Bioscience CT Program Personalized Medicine, Clinical Enterprise, Biomed Engineering $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut (planned)

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16 Timeline: Feb. to Oct. Provost & University Academic Vision Committee (UAVC) will: Develop survey for SO analysis for university Critically analyze the academic plans of top universities Meet with Deans to discuss steps for involvement of faculty in the College/School Academic Vision Committees (CSAVC) Develop mission and values for UConn Identify over-arching goals and priorities Provide input to Deans and CSAVCs Conduct Town Hall forum to discuss progress and seek input from university community Evaluate academic structure to meet priorities and goals

17 Timeline: Mar to June Deans & CSAVCs will conduct public forums to seek input from faculty, students and staff Deans & CSAVCs will develop key priorities, goals, and metrics: Investment in existing programs to grow into national prominence Development of new programs Elimination of non-competitive programs Deans & CSAVCs will develop overview of progress and plans for strategic goals and priorities to the Provost and UAVC by June 30

18 Timeline: July to Nov. Deans & CSAVCs will produce drafts of academic plans for review by UAVC by September 1 UAVC to evaluate and provide feedback to the colleges and schools by October 15 Colleges/Schools academic plans will be shared to update and refine the comprehensive university academic plan, especially to strengthen inter- disciplinary initiatives University Academic Plan will be developed by November 15

19 Timeline: Nov. to Jan. Provost & UAVC will conduct public forums to discuss the University Academic Plan and receive feedback from faculty, students, and staff Dean & CSAVC will conduct public forums to discuss School/College AP and receive feedback from faculty, students, and staff Final version of the University Academic Plan will be presented to President by December 10 University Academic Plan will be submitted for BOT approval in January, 2014

20 University of Illinois Brilliant Futures - Pre-eminent Public Research University Goal #1 - Leadership for the 21 st Century Goal #2 - Academic Excellence Goal #3 - Breakthrough Knowledge and Innovation Goal #4 - Transformative Learning Environment Goal #5 - Access to the Illinois Experience

21 University of Illinois Goal I: Leadership for the 21st Century Graduation rate Retention rate % of students with a global experience % of undergraduates with a research experience % of students with an internship or practicum experience Student career placement rates

22 University of Illinois Goal II: Academic Excellence # of national academy members or other nationally recognized honorary memberships % of underrepresented faculty and staff Student quality (e.g., HS rank, ACT score, GRE score) Student to faculty ratio State and tuition budget in constant dollars State and tuition budget in constant dollars per student State and tuition expenditures per IU Instructional units per faculty FTE

23 University of Illinois Goal III: Breakthrough Knowledge and Innovation Total sponsored research expenditures by source Sponsored research expenditures by per faculty full time equivalent (FTE) Total revenue from licenses/ patents Total number of start-ups Research Park activity Impact on societal needs (illustrated by examples)

24 University of Illinois Goal IV: Transformative Learning Environment Level of deferred maintenance (Facilities Condition Index) % of sections with under 20 students State and tuition expenditures per student Goal V: Access to the Illinois Experience Total financial aid % of students receiving financial aid % of under-represented students # of distance learning IUs % of faculty involved in engagement

25 The Ohio State University Build a World-Class Faculty Develop Programs that will Define OSU as the Nations Leading Public Land-Grant University Improve the Quality of the Teaching & Learning Environment Better Serve the Student Body Create a More Diverse Community Help Build Ohios Future Recruit Eminent Faculty Develop competitive, merit- based compensation structure Create multi-disciplinary centers Reduce student to faculty ratio Provide ample need-based and merit scholarships Develop faculty hiring assistance program to enhance diversity Become a catalyst for development for Ohios technology-based economy

26 University of Virginia Academic Goals Increase tenure-track faculty by 300 Develop and renew classroom and research infrastructure Provide the very best UG education in the country Increase graduate enrollment by 1,200 students Create an environment for high- impact, cutting-edge research Increase school/unit research productivity and quality Attract high-profile researchers and research Develop strategic cores and other infrastructure to enhance research capacity Engage students on issues that shape our society Help faculty develop the full potential of educational model

27 Next Generation Connecticut $1.5B for capital projects ($235M reallocation from UC2K) New or renovated STEM facilities ($450M) DM and infrastructure including steam & water ($605M) Shared equipment, faculty startup & IT ($270M) Dormitories & parking Move Greater Hartford Campus to downtown Hartford 6,580 increase in undergraduate enrollment 1,410 increase in Engineering 1,800 in other STEM disciplines 1,850 in non-STEM disciplines 1,520 Digital Media & Business students at Stamford 259 New Faculty (200 in STEM) & 150 New Staff


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