2003 Action Plan - Priorities
Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience and Research | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvement
Improve Traffic Safety Measures
A Traffic Safety
subcommittee of the Senate Planning & Development committee
will continue to investigate and report recommendations for long
to pedestrian and vehicular safety issues at key pedestrian
crossings adjacent to campus buildings.
Improve Assessments of Regulatory Compliance
Senate Research and Planning & Development committees and
other advisory committees will continue to review and report
recommendations for short-term and long-term compliance with
federal and state regulatory requirements. Both physical facilities
and human resource policies will be examined in areas including
ADA/504, animal care, biosafety, fire safety, and hazardous waste
storage and disposal.
Improve University Village Security
A safety audit was completed at the University Village during
2002. Implementation of various recommendations and other suggested
modifications will continue.
Management Administrative Information Infrastructure
of administrative information systems from legacy programs to
a client-based environment will continue. The last major project
is conversion of legacy HR to PeopleSoft HR. The faculty information
system (FIS) might be initiated first. We will continue to update
the minimum requirements for a workstation to accommodate the
suite of GoSOLAR programs, and develop a plan to ensure availability
of appropriate PCs.
Improvements will continue to upgrade the number and quality
of media-equipped classrooms and library and computer lab workstations.
Support of the libraries’ virtual reference initiatives
will continue. A management Decision Support System will continue
to be developed. Planning is underway to deploy the most current
release of the WebCT learning management system, called Vista.
This product will provide a robust base of support for the university’s
increased use of WebCT and will enable course content management
and role-based access to course content and WebCT tools.
Staffing issues that relate to management administrative information
infrastructure include workstation support, network support,
and upgrading staff skills as more routine administration migrates
to electronic systems. We will examine staffing plans across
the university to obtain a balance between central and local
support, recognizing that local support could be neighborhood
rather than for an individual unit.
Improved Performance of Administrative Units
The Senior Faculty
Associate for Program Review has reinvigorated Administrative
and Support Unit Review. The ASUR process will continue to
pick up speed in FY04. In addition, managers need to be trained
and held accountable for staff performance and unit effectiveness
and to incorporate quality improvement principles such as respect
for ideas and people and use of facts to guide management decisions.
Use of the web as an information tool will be increased and
updated policies and procedures will be made readily accessible
via the web.
The multi-year project to modernize
the university’s data network, GSUNet2, will be completed
this year providing reliable and manageable network services
to campus buildings, workstations and servers. The university’s
wireless architecture will continue to evolve, with an emphasis
on secure access, academic value and increasing bandwidth. Research
will continue into the use of wireless and hand-held technology
Continued emphasis will be placed on improving
and standardizing the university’s networks and data management
systems through policies and procedures designed to protect institutional
assets and maintain individual privacy.
Digital Community Development
Begin the SCT/Campus Pipeline
Luminis project to allow access to multiple web?based applications
via only a single userid and password. Luminis will permit the
university community to use common standards-based applications
such as email and calendaring. Additionally, targeted messaging
will direct information specifically to those who need and want
it. Finally, web publishing and document management, via an automated
workflow tool, will streamline the creation and dissemination
of information by providing customizable editing and an approval
Events of 9/11 and the economic slowdown
have resulted in the campaign being extended beyond December
31, 2002. The goal of $125 million includes our challenge to
raise $25 million for a new $70 million teaching laboratory building.
At present, the building is #12 priority on the Regents list
for the state share of $45 million. In addition, a naming campaign
will be continued for, but not confined to, new buildings that
may bring in additional support for this campaign.
Office space for faculty, staff, and graduate students
is in short supply. A study will be undertaken to investigate
long-term solutions for critical office space needs.
We will continue to consider ways to acquire land and/or buildings
to further the goals of the Master Plan, including development
of additional student housing.
Quality of facilities in public areas impacts recruitment – a
comprehensive plan will be established to upgrade selected high
A long-range plan, with criteria, will be developed for the
Major Repair and Rehabilitation budget. A queuing process will
be established for preventive maintenance and for major and minor
facility modification projects.
Within the budget of the Lanette L. Suttles Child Development
Center, plans will be developed for enlarging and upgrading the
facility and its capacity, thus providing enhanced support for
each facet of the center's service while retaining the high quality
of its staff.
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