Update from Dean VandenBosch on CALS strategic planning

With the beginning of a new semester comes the next phase of our strategic planning process – implementation. Last spring the Academic Planning Council approved the strategic planning committee’s framework.

In order to continue to make progress on our principles and strategies, I have asked Mark Rickenbach, professor in Forest and Wildlife Ecology, to step into the role of coordinator for strategic planning. Mark will manage several implementation projects that will be taken up by various CALS committees and work groups. He will also work with departments, governance groups and associate deans to help them measure progress and advance key strategies identified in the plan performance.

I was very energized by our discussions last year in identifying the societal challenges that our college is particularly well-suited to address. This year, I am looking forward to deeper discussions on a variety of our activities including:

  • Educational capacity metrics, as recommended by the strategic planning committee’s education workgroup
  • Use of 101-funded graduate assistantships, as recommended by the strategic planning committee’s education workgroup
  • UW-Extension and CALS relationship—how we can best partner to serve current and future stakeholders
  • International work and how programs may be more efficiently integrated across campus
  • Space and facility priorities
  • Determining priorities in the basic sciences and within our priority themes, and mapping activities accordingly
  • Alumni programs and services
  • Priorities and planning for our Agricultural Research Stations
  • Evaluation and planning for structural efficiencies for our centers and institutes

We will continue to provide progress reports in eCALS, including links to a pdf of our formal publication, which will be ready by the end of this month. If you have questions about strategic planning, I hope you share them with Mark.

Kate VandenBosch