Minutes

Strategic Planning Team

April 22, 2003

 

Attending:         Bryan Price (presiding), Alice Bahr, Memo Diriker, Kevin Mann, Anjali Pandey, David Rieck, Alan Selser, Jerry Waldron, Ellen Zinner

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 a.m.

 

1)                  Minutes of the April 15, 2003, SPT meeting had been e-mailed to everyone late on Monday April 21.  There was insufficient time to review them before the meeting.  Members were asked to notify Bryan of any needed corrections.

 

2)                  The previous meeting's activities were highlighted.

 

3)                  The SPT discussed the final wording of all four, core goals.

 

Goal 1, the core academic goal, was modified slightly to improve the wording without changing the meaning.  The goal reads:

The University will enhance an academic and learning environment that promotes intellectual growth and success.

Goal 2, the core student-centered goal was not modified.  The goal reads:

The University will advance a student-centered environment.

Goal 3, the core “diversity” goal created additional discussion.  The opening clause was identified as a potential “trigger” as the motive for the goal, which was not the SPT’s intent.  Instead, it was agreed that this clause was appropriate for the preamble.  The goal reads:

The University will foster inclusiveness as well as cultural and intellectual pluralism.

Goal 4, the core community collaboration goal, was modified to read:

 

The University will utilize strategic collaborations and targeted community outreach to benefit Maryland and the region.

 

It was noted that, although these goals were comprehensive, the SPT and the Planning Congress might identify the need for an additional goal(s).  The SPT agreed that flexibility was necessary in this stage, and that additional goals could be added if warranted.

 

ACTION: Without any objection, and with the notation above, the four goals (as written above) were advanced as the four working core goals of the 2003-2008 Draft Strategic Plan.

 

4)                  The SPT agreed to delay the formal campus-wide declaration of the goals pending additional work adding primary objectives, supporting material, and any explanation of context.  The delay will be until the week of April 28.  It was noted that it should be emphasized that this is a draft based upon input from the campus in previous sessions and represented hours of analysis, discussion, and debate by the SPT.  It was also noted that this was to be considered a draft and that the Planning Congress on June 6 would engage in the prioritization and debate to finalize the working draft of the plan.  Finally, it was emphasized that the SPT was both amenable to and desired suggestions/comment from the campus. 

 

5)                  The SPT agreed that a working group should devote a few hours before the next SPT meeting to organize the objectives under the core goals.  All those interested should meet at the BEACON House Conference Room, Monday, April 28, 7:25 am – 10 am.  It was suggested that anyone could attend for whatever duration fit his or her schedule.  The materials will be given to the SPT for response on Tuesday, April 29.

 

6)                  The SPT brainstormed regarding primary assertions or declarations that needed to be made in the Preamble to the Strategic Plan.

 

7)                  Adjourned.  Next meeting.  Tuesday, April 29, 7:25 am—8:45 am, PCR in Holloway Hall.  Please make every effort to attend and to be on time.  Thanks.

 

 

The draft working core goals are:

1)   The University will enhance an academic and learning environment that promotes intellectual growth and success.

2)   The University will advance a student-centered environment.

3)   The University will foster inclusiveness as well as cultural and intellectual pluralism.

4)      The University will utilize strategic collaborations and targeted community outreach to benefit Maryland and the region.                                                              

 

 

Recorder: Bryan Price