UMassD 2025: Future Ready

UMass Dartmouth, under the leadership of Chancellor Robert E. Johnson, has identified key priorities for the next five years, including improving the student experience and student outcomes, create an environment for faculty to develop in their roles as teachers and researchers, investing in regional economic and workforce development on the SouthCoast of Massachusetts, and producing graduates equipped with competencies such as resilience, optimism, and a sense of humanity.  These priorities – which emerged in part from the Chancellor’s listening tour, the campus master plan, and the NECHE accreditation process – will become the pillars of the next strategic plan. They include the future of learning, the future of discovery, the future of employment, and the future of community at UMass Dartmouth.

Pillars of the Strategic Plan

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Future of Learning: Student Experience and Outcomes

Leads: Tracie Ferreira, Shannon Finning and Tesfay Meressi
Member: Tim Shea

The Future of Learning group shall identify key issues affecting undergraduate and graduate student success at UMassD, including but not limited to academic support and student retention, residential life, student career outcomes, and the vibrancy of the campus community. This group will prioritize 3-5 initiatives capable of moving the institution forward and present them to the Future Ready Executive Committee with timetables, estimated costs, necessary enabling projects and key performance indicators for success.

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Future of Discovery: Faculty Research and Instruction

Leads: Alex Fowler, Mohammad Karim and Chandra Orrill
Member: David Manke

The Future of Discovery group shall identify key issues necessary for the growth and success of UMass Dartmouth as a national tier one research university, including but not limited to the growth of interdisciplinary research and majors, new degree programs suited to the changing economy, research infrastructure and emerging pedagogies. This group will prioritize 3-5 initiatives capable of moving the institution forward and present them to the Future Ready Executive Committee with timetables, estimated costs, necessary enabling projects and key performance indicators for success.

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Future of Employment: Regional Economic and Workforce Development

Leads: Ramprasad Balasubramanian, Michael Goodman and John Hoey 

The Future of Employment group shall identify key issues affecting UMass Dartmouth as the economic driver of the region, including but not limited to the Blue Economy initiative, degree completion opportunities for SouthCoast residents, and current and emerging workforce needs.  This group will prioritize 3-5 initiatives capable of moving the institution forward and present them to the Future Ready Executive Committee with timetables, estimated costs, necessary enabling projects and key performance indicators for success.

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Future of Community: UMassD Competencies and Values

Leads: Angela Callahan and Jennifer Chrisler and Andrea Klimt
Members: Ricardo Rosa and Viviane Saleh-Hanna

The Future of Community group shall identify key tenets of UMass Dartmouth’s values in support of its commitment to the betterment of humanity, including but not limited to diversity and inclusion, sustainability, community service and engagement, and creating a shared sense of pride, commitment and optimism. This group will prioritize 3-5 initiatives capable of moving the institution forward and present them to the Future Ready Executive Committee with timetables, estimated costs, necessary enabling projects and key performance indicators for success.

Note: Committee memberships are still in formation and will be updated often.

Timeline

  • March 5, 2019: Announce the process at Town Hall meeting
  • After Spring Break 2019: Groups will begin meeting
  • End of calendar year 2019: Final document assembled
  • Spring 2020: Strategic Plan publication

To learn more or to become engaged in the Strategic Plan process, please contact Senior Vice Chancellor Donna Lisker at strat.plan@umassd.edu.