Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



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

Infrastructure/Support Improvements

Improve Traffic Safety Measures

A Traffic Safety subcommittee of the Senate Planning & Development committee will continue to investigate and report recommendations for long term solutions 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

Migration 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.

Information Accessibility

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 in instruction.

Security Awareness

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 chain.

Comprehensive Campaign

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 profile areas.

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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