Get to know the Strategic Plan

Alan Grant, dean

Dear Colleagues,
Last fall, the college released our six-year strategic plan, wrapping up almost two years of work that included research, focused input from our external stakeholders, collaboration with the college administrative team, and internal review and feedback from faculty, staff, and students.

The strategic planning process is significant for the college and an opportunity to enhance our approaches in addressing current and emerging issues in agricultural and life sciences by building on the land-grant commitment of developing leaders and creating and sharing knowledge through diverse, hands-on experiences.

Our 2012-2017 Strategic Plan includes a list of values, emphasis areas, and four major goals with a number of strategies and high-priority action items in addition to new mission and vision statements.

It is also aligned and linked with the vision, goals, and objectives of the university’s long-range strategic roadmap, A Plan for a New Horizon.

Beyond the priority areas we continue to focus on, new cross-departmental areas of emphasis include safe and sustainable food systems, aging healthfully, climate-related changes, and bioprocessing/bioenergy and bioproducts. This was an important and rewarding process that will guide the college in new directions on several fronts, including the growth and expansion into a much more global research arena. I invite all of you to explore the exciting work we will undertake in the next six years.

Although the college relies on significant federal and state funding, annual levels of federal Hatch and Smith-Lever formula funding and state funding are no longer sufficient to maintain today’s research and Extension programs, let alone meet future needs. Similarly, state support of the instructional mission has not kept pace with levels needed to provide students with a high-quality educational experience.

While our faculty and staff members have been very successful in growing extramural grant funding, it is clear that we must continue to enhance and leverage support well beyond traditional approaches and sources.

We thank you for your support and look forward to your involvement with the college as our programs evolve.

Alan Grant