Subbaswamy invites comments on strategic planning document

March 28, 2013
The campus community is being asked by Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy to review and comment on a planning document developed by the Joint Task Force on Strategic Oversight (JTFSO) that “sets an agenda for the campus, and will guide subsequent institutional-level and departmental implementation plans.”
 
In a March 27 broadcast e-mail Subbaswamy said the draft document, titled “Innovation and Impact: Renewing the Promise of the Public Research University,” is intended to promote discussion across campus with the objective of presenting a final version to the Faculty Senate and other groups by the end of the semester. Comments are being sought by April 26.
 
According to the chancellor, the document “lays out principles and broad goals and objectives, and makes specific recommendations about the directions the campus should be pursuing, but it is not a blueprint for setting priorities or allocating resources. It is rooted in the campus’s mission of teaching, research and outreach, recognizing that clarity about core activities sets the stage for comprehensive planning. For that reason it does not set directions for many academic and non-academic support areas: those will emerge in the next phase of planning as the whole campus is asked to align its activities with the mission-based strategy.”
 
The JTFSO is a group of 31 faculty, staff, and students appointed by the chancellor and the Faculty Senate to lead the planning effort related to development of a strategic plans to be submitted in August to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges as part of the campus’s fifth-year interim accreditation report.
 
The planning website (www.umass.edu/provost/strategic-planning) links to the draft and other planning documents and information.
 
Faculty, staff and students can also go directly to the draft at https://blogs.umass.edu/strategicplanning, where they can sign in using their regular net IDs. Comments can be shared there there, and also from within the draft by clicking on the “comment” link at the top of each page. Comments may also e-mailed to jtfsoplanning@provost.umass.edu or to any member of the JTSFO.
 
Subbaswamy said several town meetings are also planned. The sessions are scheduled as follows:
 
Thursday, April 4               8:30 a.m., 163C Campus Center
Tuesday, April 9                2:30 p.m., Online interactive forum
Wednesday, April 10         2 p.m., 163C Campus Center
Tuesday, April 16               3 p.m., 173 Campus Center
 
The plan is scheduled to go to the Faculty Senate on May 9.