Strategic Planning Committee Meeting
Sisler Conference Room
October 30, 2001 - 2 p.m.
James Roark, Barbara Audley, Charles Bicak, Mike Bohnhoff, Roger Davis, Randal Haack, Marilyn Hadley, Ben Homan, Kathy Livingston, John Oseth, Denise Schlake, Debbie Schroeder, James Scott, and Annabell Zikmund
Betty Jo Armagost, Paul Bishop, Bruce Elder, Kent Estes, Roger Jones, Larry Kuskie, William Lewis, Peter Longo, James Rundstrom, Ryan Samuelson, Mike Sumpter, Kenya Taylor, and William Wozniak
Audley reported briefly on marketing and recruiting activities. A marketing committee has been established, and Jeanne Ross is the member from the community. UNK has selected Sacco & Associates to assist with our marketing plan. Audley has met with them several times. Sacco representatives have visited campus, and one of their first steps includes a plan to survey external constituents. The UNK marketing plan should be done in February or March. It will be revealed to the campus through presentations to various established groups and committees. There are plans to redo the viewbook used by Admissions for recruiting. UNK has attended and advertised at numerous college fairs. This year our emphasis is on "technology across the curriculum". The departments of Art, Industrial Technology and Chemistry demonstrated use of technology in teaching those disciplines.
Audley advised that UNK recruitment will be strengthened in Denver, Kansas City, and South Dakota. To this end, Kundel has increased the recruiter in the Denver area to half time. Central Administration has hired Sharon Steffan to assist campuses and promote academics at the University of Nebraska.
Bohnhoff, Cutler, Peck & Roark attended a seminar on assessment in Denver this past year. Presenters indicated a need to include a reference to "student learning" in the mission statement. A draft revised mission statement contained that reference shown in bold in paragraph 4. Discussion ensued. It was decided to move new section to follow "scholarship, and service" and to change "produce" to "foster."
Roark and other members on the committee have drafted an assessment strategic plan. The four proposed initiatives of the plan were discussed.
Initiative 1 was developed to aid in meeting North Central* assessment guidelines for our upcoming accreditation visit. Several of the action priorities hereunder represent the charge of the Faculty Senate ad hoc committee. Initiative 4 is also NCA related in that we will need to show how assessment will be used to manage the University. Some departments or divisions have already started practices related to some of initiatives. Roark asked committee members to forward comments on the document to him before the next strategic planning committee meeting. He will then share the document with the Faculty Senate Committee.
Bohnhoff sees the Assessment Strategic Plan as the beginning of our NCA self-study. He suggested that a subcommittee be formed for each of the initiatives. Dean Kathy Smith has agreed to using one of her faculty members with expertise in this area to help with this project.
Discussion about the use of the assessment information collected ensued. Oseth felt it is the informational basis for creating a good strategic plan. Roark felt part of the environmental scan of 10 years ago can be used for this NCA review. We have initiated several of the suggestions from that review, (i.e., the Center for Teaching Excellence)
Zikmund reported that UNK student, Polina Khatsko, won the piano competition in the NE Music Teacher National Association state contest. She will go on to compete at the national level.
Hadley reported she recently participated in a walk-through of the new College of Education building, and there is a good possibility that the building will be completed before April 2002.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
The next meeting of the Committee will be held in the Sisler Room, Student Affairs Building on Wednesday, January 16, at 3 p.m.
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