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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Academic Plan

Academic Planning: An Overview

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/academicplan/overview.html
 
What is an Academic Master Plan?
Overall Definition
An Academic master plan is a core component of robust integrated University strategic planning linking vision, priorities, people, services, resources, and the physical institution in a flexible process of evaluation, decision-making, and action.  
Academic master planning will enable us to prepare for and shape the future, rather than let the future happen to us. Our academic planning process will yield a comprehensive academic plan that will define the kind of institution we want to be in regard to our academic program; teaching excellence and innovation; academic advising; academic engagement programs and opportunities; and research, scholarly and creative activity. Additionally, our Academic Master Plan will:
1.       Uphold and connect the current strategic plans for the academic colleges – Allied Health and Nursing; Arts and Humanities; Business; Education; Science, Engineering, and Technology; Social and Behavioral Sciences; University Extended Education; Graduate; and the Memorial Library.
2.       Provide coherence in the strategic plans for the divisions of the University – Finance and Administration (i.e., budget, facilities), Information Technology Services, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Advancement, and Strategic Partnerships.
3.       Advance the University’s Strategic Priorities.
4.   Support the System’s Strategic Framework to ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans; be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs; and deliver to students, employers, communities, and taxpayers the highest value/most affordable option.
Key Components
1.       Our Academic Vision, Mission, and Values
2.       Guiding Assumptions
3.       Our Academic Degree Programs
a.      Program Development – Grow, Sustain, Revise, Create
b.      Level – Undergraduate, Graduate, Doctoral
c.      Type of Offerings – Face to Face, Online, Hybrid
d.      Location of Offerings – Mankato, Additional Locations
e.      Enrollment – Recruitment (New Students, Transfer Students, Diversity, International, PSEO, Concurrent), Retention, and Graduation
f.        Resources – Faculty, Staff, Technology, Library Services, Facilities, Instructional, Other
g.      Key Partnerships and Stakeholders  
h.      Information/Data Sources – Institutional Research Data, Assessment Reports, Program Reviews, Career and Employment Data
4.       Teaching Excellence & Innovation
5.                   Academic Advising
6.                   Student Engagement & Success
a.      High Impact Practices – Learning Communities, First Year Experience, Undergraduate Research, Service Learning, Honors, International Study, Internships, and so on
b.      Academic Support Services – Tutoring, Mentoring, Accessibility Services, Career Development, and so on
7.                   Research, Scholarly, & Creative Activity
a.                  Production, Application, Dissemination 
b.                  Research Support
c.                  Grants & Sponsored Projects
 
Why do we need an Academic Master Plan?
A comprehensive academic master plan will provide a framework to advance our academic vision, mission and values as the environment in which we do our work continues to rapidly change and evolve. It provides an intentional path forward to assuring our academic programs and services continue to prepare graduates for work, life, and citizenship. In addition,
·         To help us discover what new and revised program directions and curriculum changes will meet current and future needs of students and employers.
·         To achieve our long term aspirations for the production, dissemination, and application of new discovery and creative expression; that is, to support research, scholarship, and creativity, and benefit from partnerships at the state, national, and international levels – to define the kind of institution we want to be in regard to research.
·         To meet the Higher Learning Commission Criteria for Accreditation, adopted January 2013:
5.C. The institution engages in systematic and integrated planning.
1. The institution allocates its resources in alignment with its mission and priorities.
2. The institution links its processes for assessment of student learning, evaluation of operations, planning, and budgeting.
3. The planning process encompasses the institution as a whole and considers perspectives of internal and external constituent groups.
4. The institution plans on the basis of a sound understanding of its current capacity. Institutional plans anticipate possible impact of fluctuations in the institution’s sources of revenue, such as enrollment, the economy, and state support.
5. Institutional planning anticipates emerging factors, such as technology, demographic shifts, and globalization.
In summary, if we try to be all things to all people, we will inevitably stretch ourselves too thin and find it difficult to be exceptional at anything. But if we decide not to do everything, but to select carefully where our growth should occur, we have opportunity for greater success.
 
 
How will we develop our Academic Master Plan?
Process – Timeline – Participants
Phase 1: Pre-Planning
January 2014
o    Academic Planning Overview – Process Review, Feedback, and Collaboration
§ Meet and Confers, Sub-Meets, Department Chairs’ and Directors’ Breakfast
 
Phase 2: Kick-Off & Visioning
February – March  2014
o    Academic Planning Overview – Process Sharing and Kick-Off
§ Meet and Confers, Sub-Meets, Department Chairs’ and Directors’ Breakfast
o    Academic Master Planning Campus Information Sessions
o    Extraordinary Education Task Force Appointments
o    Campus Visioning: Academic Vision, Mission, and Values
o    Greater Mankato Community & Partner Visioning: Opportunity for Collaboration & Growth
 
Phase 3: Academic Degree Program Planning and Extraordinary Education Task Forces
            March – December 2014

 Academic Degree Program Planning                          Extraordinary Education Task Forces

Academic Programs Select Planning Kick-Off (Wave 1 or 2) Based Upon Program Needs

March 2014 (Wave 1 Kick-Off)
·   Academic Degree Program Planning Kick-Off Workshop
·   Academic Programs Self-Pace Planning Efforts using Academic Degree Program Planning Guide
 
August 2014 (Wave 2 Kick-Off)
·   Academic Degree Program Planning Kick-Off Workshop
·   Academic Programs Self-Pace Planning Efforts using Academic Degree Program Planning Guide
 
October 2014
·   Fall Chairs’/Directors’ Workshop with UCAP, GCAP, and University Extended Education Sub-Meet
 
November 2014
·   Academic Colleges submit Reports to Provost
  
March 2014
·   Task Forces Begin Meeting
·   Campus Visioning Sessions:
§Teaching Excellence and Innovation
§Academic Advising
§Academic Engagement Programs and Opportunities
§Research, Scholarly, & Creative Activity
April 2014
·   Task Force Co-Chairs Present Summary of Activities and Progress made at Spring Chairs’/Directors’ Workshop
May 2014
·   Task Force Co-Chairs Present Summary of Activities and Progress made at Joint Budget, Planning, University Extended Education, and Assessment and Evaluation Sub-Meet Meeting
September 2014
·   Task Forces meet for Joint Session
October 2014
·   Task Force Co-Chairs Present Summary of Activities and Progress made at Fall Chairs’/Directors’ Workshop
November 2014
·   Task Force Co-Chairs Present Task Force Report at Joint Budget, Planning, University Extended Education, and Assessment and Evaluation Sub-Meet Meeting
·   Task Forces Conclude Core Work
·   Task Forces Submit Reports to Provost
                

November – December 2014
o    Request Representation for Drafting Team (facilitated by Institutional Research, Planning, & Assessment with representatives from Planning, University Extended Education, and Assessment & Evaluation Sub-meets, Faculty, Administrative & Service Faculty, Staff, Students, and Deans) for Academic Master Plan Document.
  
Phase 4: Academic Master Plan Drafting and Review
January 2015
o    1st Draft – Academic Master Plan
February 2015
o    Campus Review and Open Comment
March 2015
o    2nd Draft – Academic Master Plan
April 2015
o    Campus Review and Open Comment
May 2015
o    Produce Academic Master Plan
 
Phase 5: Academic Master Plan Document Completed & Celebration
August 2015
o    Academic Administration, Faculty, Administrative and Service Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community
 
Phase 6: Implement Academic Master Plan and Evaluate Achievement
                August 2015 – May 2018
 
 
 
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.”
- Benjamin Franklin