I invite you to join me from noon to 1 pm Tuesday, February 16, in Northrop's Best Buy Theater, for a Campus Conversation about part of our strategic plan: organizing and supporting Grand Challenges research. By that date, we will all have in hand the recommendations of the Provost's Grand Challenges Research Strategies Team--the product of a thoughtful process shaped by the expertise of a dedicated committee of distinguished faculty across the breadth of our disciplines, as well as by robust discussions with the broader campus community.
Many of you participated in the series of recent Grand Challenges Research Forums to help shape core components of the University's scholarly future. In all, the five forums drew about 600 faculty, staff, and students to discuss our wide-ranging research strengths. The discussions (summary notes are here) brought into sharper focus the 130 ideas submitted by faculty during our Call for Ideas process--and potential opportunities to integrate and expand the impact of work to address critical societal challenges.
I’m writing to encourage you to attend some very important campus conversations scheduled for October.
As you may remember, the Grand Challenges Research Strategies Team, composed of and led by distinguished faculty, solicited ideas for “grand challenge” research priorities this University could fruitfully embrace. The Team received 130 submissions (with 350+ faculty identified as leads or co-leads). It grouped the submissions under some broad themes, and it has now planned campus forums to discuss, integrate, and enrich the ideas suggested by faculty in those submissions.
As the fall semester gets under way, I want to give you an update on our progress in implementing the Twin Cities campus strategic plan and to extend thanks to all of you for the exceptional work you do every day to advance our University's tri-fold mission of research, education, and service.
In spring and summer 2015, Provost Hanson encouraged all Twin Cities faculty to contribute to a "Call for Ideas" process developed by the Grand Challenges Research Strategies Team of 30 distinguished faculty members. This is one part of a broader plan for campus consultation about areas where the campus is best positioned for major impact.
Provost Karen Hanson presented an update on the strategic plan to the Board of Regents on March 27. She discussed the steps under way to implement the 10-year plan for the Twin Cities campus. She also provided an overview of the methods that will be used to measure progress, with supporting remarks by Lincoln Kallsen, the University's director of institutional analysis.
In my last update on campus strategic plan implementation I noted the work of alignment that is guiding the annual college and school compact and budget meetings, as well as the steps being taken by central offices to take up some of the specific tasks set for them by the strategic plan. I also mentioned that I would very shortly be convening a Grand Challenges Research Strategies Group to help shape grand-challenges research priorities.
I write with an update on the task of implementing the new strategic plan for the Twin Cities campus.
I write to update you on steps we are taking to begin implementation of the new strategic plan for the Twin Cities campus.
I am pleased to report that, last Friday, the Board of Regents unanimously approved the new strategic plan for the Twin Cities campus.