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MSU Strategic Plan: Empowering Generations


Goal 3 - Create an institutional environment that supports student, faculty, and staff success.

Objective 1:
Provide support and institutional resources to accommodate all learners.

Action Items:

  1. Increase the range of student academic and counseling support services, and widen access to them for all students.
  2. Ensure the library can meet the academic needs of the campus.
  3. Develop and implement a plan to update all classroom space and technology on a rotating basis.

Objective 2:
Improve student retention and graduation rates.

Action Items:

  1. Enrich academic advising, mentoring, and new student programming.
  2. Enhance career services and increase meaningful experiential opportunities.
  3. Streamline and centralize student success services.
  4. By 2023 attain graduation rate* of 50% and retention rate** of 80%.

* Graduation rate defined as the percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who start during fall semester and graduate within 6 years.

** Retention rate defined as the percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate degree-seeking students who start during fall semester and enroll the following fall semester.

Objective 3:
Design, implement, and support technology resources to ensure security of data and the physical plant.

Action Items:

  1. Cooperate with NDUS to increase campus data security and integrity.
  2. Increase student access to study resources.
  3. Expand use of existing technologies to reduce student fees and multiple logins.
  4. Automate common workflow processes to increase efficiency and reduce paper processes.

Objective 4:
Empower students, faculty, and staff to seek and secure external funding.

Action Items:

  1. Reinstate the Office of Sponsored Programs.
  2. Implement incentive program for faculty/staff/students securing external funding.
  3. Increase public awareness of current research and scholarship.
  4. Establish MSU Research Center of Excellence.

Objective 5:
Expand an environment that values and supports diversity.

Action Items:

  1. Analyze salary equity and address the findings.
  2. Extend diversity and inclusion awareness for campus community.
  3. Expand curricular and co-curricular diversity initiatives.
  4. Strengthen policies and options for inclusive housing and residence life programming.


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