Forward Thinking - Outcomes

Priorities | Alliances | ITS | Diversity | Library | International | Faculty Development

Office of the Provost: Strategic Planning Priorities

Forward THINKING, articulated core values, identified academic priorities and committed to improved essential services. It acknowledged that the university simply cannot pursue every promising idea. Success demands discipline. The university must invest time, energy and resources in those areas most likely to distinguish it in the coming years. To that end, our community agreed to build on existing strengths and emphasize interdisciplinary collaborations.

As important as strategic planning is, execution matters more. Case Western Reserve University made significant promises, and the challenge now is to develop them into programs that translate to concrete progress.

University Priorities

• Interdisciplinary Alliances
• Faculty, Staff and Student Life
• Internationalization
• New Models for Doing Business
• Advising, Mentoring Initiatives

Interdisciplinary Alliances

The centerpiece of the university’s strategic plan, “Forward THINKING”, is its emphasis on building interdisciplinary initiatives. “We will establish powerful alliances and enrich our core strengths.”  The plan identified several cross-cutting areas of existing or potential strength in research and scholarship that address topics of broad importance to society and present opportunities for distinction: 

Culture, Creativity and Design
Human Health
Infectious Disease
Informatics Materials
Social Justice

By working with the schools and each other, the alliances are expected to move the University from the current level of activity to one that more fully engages faculty, students and staff at the local, national and international levels.

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Information Technology Strategic Plan

Five core strategies were developed to align with the four primary goals of the university strategic plan, Forward Thinking. New university directions and strategies have been established. Technology innovations have made information more available, technology more mobile and solutions more accessible.

This strategic plan establishes our technology direction for the next three years from 2012 to 2015. It is built around five core themes which represent areas in which we expect to make technology investments that respond to and catalyze broader changes and innovations.

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Diversity Strategic Action Plan

The Diversity Strategic Action Plan outlines strategies to:

• Improve campus climate
• Increase retention and recruitment of underrepresented students, faculty and staff
• Enhance leveraging and development of resources to advance diversity and inclusion

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Kelvin Smith Library Strategic Plan

A major underlying principle of this strategic plan is to highlight objectives that represent either entirely new activities for the Kelvin Smith Library (KSL), or ones in which a substantial redirection of effort is required.

• Impact
• Diversity
• Community
• Integrity & Transparency

Although continuing activities do not appear in the objectives, there are some broad commitments that are bedrock principles upon which we base all KSL services. In particular, KSL will continually:

(1) build and maintain strong scholarly information resources;
(2) foster faculty and student engagement and productivity in their intellectual pursuits;
(3) provide high quality services for our faculty, students and staff;
(4) work collaboratively with on-campus and external partners to maximize the availability of information, and
(5) grow our vibrant commitment to inclusion and diversity in our programs, services, and staffing.

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Office of International Affairs: International Reach

Case Western Reserve University recognizes that throughout their lives our students will live in a world that is increasingly multicultural, interdisciplinary, globally-connected, and globally-aware. From its roots in 1826, the university has a long and distinguished history of international teaching, research and service.

The university's strategic plan, Forward Thinking, reflects that history, as well as its ongoing commitment to grow and enhance its international outreach, activities and presence. In order to begin implementation of the international focus of its strategic plan, in May 2009 the university established the Office of International Affairs (OIA). The OIA works in partnership with faculty, students and administration to provide university-level vision and leadership for international activities across the campus.

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Faculty Development Council

The mission of the Faculty Development Council is to provide a comprehensive framework for all faculty development initiatives across the University and develop campus-wide priorities for strengthened faculty recruitment, advancement, retention, and performance.

The Faculty Development Council has been organized to support the goals of the University's strategic plan which calls for developing a strong and vibrant University faculty by:

• Recruiting and retaining outstanding faculty
• Recognizing and rewarding excellence
• Offering high quality mentoring
• Development of career opportunities