Strategic Plan Update

Strategic Plan Update

August 31, 2018

August 2018

Top of the News

Intentional Experiences and Institutional Distinctiveness

Curriculum Reform – Various committees worked through the summer and will continue to work this year to implement Truman’s new curriculum, “The Dialogues,” in Fall 2019.  Committee chairs sent routine emails updating the campus community throughout the summer.  All email updates and information presented at the SPAW can be found here:

Extended Reach

Online Strategies – The refurbished Graduate Certificate in Data Science is already enrolling students for a January launch and the team at the Institute for Academic Outreach is working aggressively on marketing the program and building relationships with corporations with data science training needs.  The new version of the certificate incorporates adaptive learning technology, a personalized capstone, and embedded digital credentials.

Internationalization – Tim Urbonya recently began his tenure as Executive Director of International Education.  He will supervise the work of the Center for International Education Abroad (Study Abroad) and the Center for International Students while working to coordinate our overall campus internationalization strategy.

Organizational Excellence

Prioritizing Employee Support – The Faculty Staffing and Compensation Committee and the Staff Compensation Committee completed their work, submitted final reports, and presented at the SPAW.  Full reports can be found here:  Both committees will continue to work this academic year to develop a phased implementation plan.

Fostering an Inclusive Community – A new preferred name and pronoun policy has been put into place and allows faculty, staff, and students to choose a preferred first name and pronoun of their choosing.  The implementation timeline can be found at:

Financial Highlights

  • Guaranteed Energy Savings Project – This $10.5 million project has generated savings in energy costs which provide a 10-year payback.  Immediate reductions in natural gas and electricity usage have reduced Truman’s annual carbon footprint by 20.9 million pounds of CO2.
  • University Capital Campaign – Total Campaign Commitments: $42,964,926
    Thanks to your support, the campaign surpassed the $40 million mark!

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Strategic Plan Updates

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Strategic Plan – Progress Updates, August 2018

Future Planned Updates

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February 2019
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