We need faculty feedback on growth initiative
Prem S. Paul
UNL is embarking on an ambitious growth initiative that will literally shape our university's future.
Our overall goal remains the same – the strong commitment to excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity envisioned in the report of the Future Nebraska Task Force, "A 2020 Vision: The Future of Research and Graduate Education at UNL."
In his 2011 State of the University Address, Chancellor Harvey Perlman challenged us with these goals:
We also are committed to the research growth metrics set by the University of Nebraska Board of Regents, which call for UNL to increase research awards from federal agencies at a rate 20 percent higher per year than the national average, on a three-year rolling average.
While these goals may sound daunting, I am confident that – with our faculty’s vision and hard work and a campuswide commitment to working together – we can achieve them to change the face of research in Nebraska.
What we need now are your ideas about how to accomplish this.
We have a draft plan but it definitely is a work in progress. We need your feedback. We are hosting two open faculty forums: Feb. 8 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the Nebraska East Union Cottonwood Room and Feb. 9 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. The Nebraska Union forum will be webcast.
At these forums, we will share information about our research and economic development goals and seek your input on strategies, approaches and barriers to achieving our goals. We also want to hear your thoughts on how we can improve this initiative to strengthen faculty research success.
We are listening. We need your advice and want you engaged in envisioning how best to meet our goals. This is an important step in laying the foundation for a strong future.
Two other quick notes:
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