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UC21 Academic Plan

Town Hall Meeting V - Mar. 8, 2004

President Zimpher welcomed participants and thanked all for the good turnout at 7:30 a.m. on a Monday morning. She reported that much work had been accomplished since the last Town Hall meeting in refining the Next Steps, and grouping them for action teams. The first phase of the project will be completed by late April or early May, so there is not a lot of time. A second round of discussions will take place over the summer to provide more detailed action plans, and the planning and refining process will continue through implementation.

B. Gleason said the next phase will involve taking the many ideas collected in previous meetings and devising action plans to guide implementation. The process will be fast, but there are benefits to moving ahead at an accelerated pace. Today, the action teams will complete two steps. First, the teams will create a definition of the goals presented in the Next Steps ideas. Second, the teams will define the scope of their efforts, as a first step toward creating action plans. In preparation for this work, each team has a chair, and will select a co-chair. Teams will look ahead, with a five-year to 10-year horizon, and will work to ensure that action plans have a significant impact beyond the university. On March 29, the teams will reconvene to continue creating detailed action plans. As the teams work, it may be necessary to revisit the ideas as presented. That is acceptable. As the teams focus on achievable action steps, revisiting the ideas may be the best way to move ahead.

B. Gleason directed participants to the Dilbert Mission Statement Generator.

This humorous diversion illustrates the sort of content-free outcomes that the University of Cincinnati hopes to avoid. The process today is aimed toward creating truly functional action plans that will result in change. Since the overall goal is leadership in the 21st century, it may be helpful to examine leadership. Leaders are distinguished by having followers, and followers have recognizable needs. Followers expect more than direction – west is a direction, but heading west raises many questions. True leaders provide concrete goals, a destination in other words. That is the goal today. The teams will begin to describe the destination for each of the next step ideas. Outcomes will include:

  1. A description of where the university aspires to be in five to 10 years.
  2. A detailed description of this desirable future state.
  3. An understanding of what will be different five to 10 years from now.

B. Gleason suggested that each team should begin its work by finishing the sentence beginning with, “We can see…” There is no need for written output today, but the drafting process will begin, leading to a written plan by March 24. It may be necessary to continue discussions outside the meeting. Blackboard may provide an environment for ongoing discussions or team chairs may elect to meet or revise drafts over email. In refining action steps, teams may need data on the current state of the university. Resources for this purpose will be posted to the Comprehensive Academic Planning Process Web page.

B. Gleason asked each team to select a name, to replace the table numbers used to this point. Action team names will provide a simpler way to identify what each team is working on. At the March 29 Town Hall Meeting, team chairs will convene before the entire group. When the whole group is together, work will focus on the situation “as-is” and begin work on identifying strategies.

Additional Documents

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Agenda (PDF)
Presentation 1 - Welcome / Opening Remarks (Microsoft PowerPoint)
Handout - CAPP "21 Next Steps" Organized by Teams (PDF)
Handout - Action Team Co-Chair Role Description (PDF)
Handout - Action Team Task List & Timeline (PDF)

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