New 'One Mizzou' strategic plan will include website, community meeting

Friday, November 4, 2011 | 11:27 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — After three years of discussion, planning and rewriting drafts, MU has launched a new strategic plan. 

"One Mizzou: 2020 Vision for Excellence" has three main goals:

  • Enhance all programs at the university that would improve the lives of those living in Missouri, the nation and the world.
  • Build on Mizzou Advantage, a program made up of five initiatives including: food for the future; media of the future; one health, one medicine; sustainable energy and managing innovation.
  • Make sure sufficient infrastructure, human and financial resources are in place to support the future of teaching, research, outreach and economic development.

In the next few weeks, a website for "One Mizzou: 2020 Vision for Excellence" will be created to detail the plan's progress, Thomas Phillips, progress committee chairman, said. Phillips, a biological sciences professor, has been involved with the strategic plan since 2009.

"We envisioned a website where one can say, 'I'm interested in this school. Here's the actions that are needed.' You click on it and it says, 'Here's what we've done on that,'" Phillips said. "The website would be updated at least annually, if not more frequently."

The site is not yet named.

MU Faculty Council members have started to plan how they will provide solutions to a number of objectives, chairman Harry Tyrer said. The strategic plan will also help ensure that MU is a good steward of the funds it receives from taxpayers and students' tuition, he said.

“We are examining many of the aspects of university life,” said Tyrer, a professor of computer and electrical engineering. "We're going to try to make education better for students."

The first community-wide meeting to discuss the plan's progress will be held this spring, Phillips said. The town hall-style forum, which Phillips said will be held annually, is meant to get community feedback for the strategic plan.

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