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July 29, 2011
MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University President Dr. John Jasinski outlined the University's strategic plan platform "Northwest 2011-2014: Executing and Succeeding" as the Board of Regents gathered for its regular open meeting Thursday, July 28.
Jasinski explained the University will continue to use its mission, vision and values as a strategic bedrock, adding the strategic plan is based on a variety of analysis and input during the last 24 months as well as contributions by the University's Strategic Planning Leadership Team, the Organizational Success Task Force, the Northwest Leadership Team and the Board of Regents.
The platform consists of three strategic themes - enhancing academic programming, ensuring an engaging learning environment, and cultivating and contributing to vigorous community impacts - that, Jasinski explained, will help Northwest shape strategic and operational objectives; strategic action areas; and link with capital campaign planning, grant funding and legislative initiatives.
Some of the University's objectives during the lifespan of the platform include growing select science, technology and mathematics programs; addressing interdisciplinary and intercultural competence programming; enhancing focus on its workforce and development; planning and launching a capital campaign; and addressing facility use and upgrades.
Jasinski told the Board that Northwest will aim to maintain and grow its reputation as a proud regional institution but also engage the campus community in a conversation about how to strategically grow select programs to serve students nationally and internationally.
"We're a very, very proud regional public institution, and I think it's imperative that we take that to the mantel," Jasinski said. "We serve not just Maryville and Nodaway County, but this region and well beyond."
Jasinski added that budget management is also an emphasis area, saying, "As we've talked about where higher education is in this state and beyond, we have to be realistic. If we're going to shift and transform in the next 10 years, we have to take a step back and say, ‘What can we do in the next two, three or four years?'"
In other business, the Board approved the conferral of degrees for Northwest's summer graduates.
In her report to the Board, Bev Schenkel, dean of enrollment management, said Northwest's total headcount for the fall is even with last year's total, along with the number of students who are pre-registered. Schenkel also said the number of first time-freshmen enrolled at Northwest is about 100 students ahead of last year's count.
The Board also recognized Dr. Tom Billesbach, Northwest's dean of the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies who announced his retirement from Northwest, for his 17 years of service at the University.
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