UNCG Faculty Forum on Strategic Directions Initiative
November 14th, 2012 (Wednesday)
Virginia Dare Room (UNCG Alumni House)
Notes by Vidyaranya B. Gargeya
Faculty members across the UNCG campus were invited by Dr. John Lepri (Chair of the UNCG Faculty Senate) to the UNCG Faculty Forum on Strategic Directions Initiative held . About 30 faculty members attended the Forum. Dr. Lepri welcomed the gathering and introduced the topic of the Strategic Directions Initiative (SDI) by the University of North Carolina (UNC) Board of Governors). Vidyaranya Gargeya (as the facilitator) made a short presentation on the following items pertaining to SDI of UNC:
- Purpose of the SDI (to define the strategic directions for the 2013-2018 period).
- Process and the roles, composition, and the dates of the meetings of the Strategic Directions Committee, UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions, and UNC Strategic Directions Faculty Advisory Council.
- Five Goals of the Strategic Planning
- Set Degree Attainment Goals Responsive to State Needs.
- Strengthen Academic Quality.
- Serve the People of North Carolina.
- Maximize Efficiencies.
- Ensure an Accessible and Financially Stable University.
- Report being prepared by the 13 member UNC Strategic Directions Faculty Advisory Council
- Mission of UNC
- Academic Quality
- Core Competencies in the Curriculum
- Research and Service to North Carolina
- List of Contacts
- UNC Faculty Liaison (Catherine Rigsby, Chair, UNC Faculty Assembly)
- UNC Staff Liaison (Charles Brink, Chair, UNC Staff Assembly)
- UNC Student Liaison (Kevin Kimball, UNC Association of Student Governments Designee)
- UNCG Faculty Liaison (Vidyaranya Gargeya, Professor, Bryan Schoolof Business and Economics, UNCG)
After the presentation, the following comments were made (and questions asked) by the members of the faculty at the Forum:
- It was pointed out that there was a resolution (that there should faculty representation on the Strategic Directions Committee and a greater degree of faculty representation on UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions) made a few days ago and sent to the President Tom Ross. It is unclear as to what has happened to that resolution. This is affecting “faculty buy-in”.
- The last Strategic Plan (UNC Tomorrow) for the UNC was developed after a long and deliberate, consultative effort over almost a year’s duration. What is the point in developing the 2013-2018 in a hurry this time? There is a lack of trust in the process.
- The faculty members are aware that a survey instrument has been sent out to receive feedback on the Strategic Directions Initiative. However, it is unclear as to what would be done with the results of the survey. That is, who would be looking at the responses. Vidyaranya Gargeya clarified that members of the all three groups (namely, Strategic Directions Committee, UNC Advisory Committee on Strategic Directions, and UNC Strategic Directions Faculty Advisory Council) are reading all the comments and incorporating them into their work.
- It is good that a report is drafted by the 13 member UNC Strategic Directions Faculty Advisory Council. When can the faculty members at the campuses see the report?