The President's Vision
- To build a high quality public research university that will be the clear institution of choice for high achieving students throughout the state of Mississippi, the Gulf South region, and beyond; and
- To ensure that everything this institution does will create pathways to degree completion for our students, with particular focus on recruitment, retention, progression towards a degree, and graduation.
Short-Term Priorities: 2014
The President’s short-term priorities include:
- Forming a Strategic Planning Council that will:
- Engage stakeholders in strategic institutional conversations about the potential components of a long-term strategic plan;
- Produce recommendations for updating the University’s current Vision, Mission, Values, and Plan; and
- Develop recommendations for institutional Strategic Priorities and Strategic Initiatives moving forward.
- Implementing organizational changes that will streamline academic program management, finances, facilities, enrollment management functions, campus safety, communications, and technology.
- Developing a multi-year financial management plan and implementing revised business processes for strategic growth.
- Seeking new revenue sources for funding strategic institutional priorities, including a comprehensive student success initiative.
- Advancing construction and facility improvement projects, including the completion of repairs sustained during the February 2013 tornado.
- Initiating an institutional branding campaign.
Long-Term Goals: 2014 and Beyond
The President’s primary long-term goal is to ensure quality in six key components of excellence: student success; enrollment initiatives; academic instruction; research development; economic and community partnerships; and human capital utilization. These six areas are represented below.
1. Ensuring Student Success through:
- Providing support for the implementation of a comprehensive student success and retention effort;
- Initiating a success curriculum for underprepared students to promote degree attainment; and
- Increasing student retention, progression, and graduation rates at all benchmark levels.
2. Expanding Enrollment Strategies through:
- Enhancing the quality of students’ educational experience;
- Identifying high-interest degree programs and degree program markets that have the potential for growth; and
- Developing targeted recruitment strategies to attract top performing students from across the state, region, and expanded out-of-state markets.
3. Enhancing Academic Instruction through:
- Identifying and capitalizing on our academic program strengths;
- Ensuring that all academic program components support student retention, progression, and graduation; and
- Exploring alternative course delivery formats.
4. Fostering Greater Focus on Research through:
- Expanding the depth and breadth of funded research programs;
- Extending the tradition of quality research production;
- Increasing the quantity of overall scholarly research output;
- Promoting undergraduate research opportunities; and
- Growing commercialization activities that move technological research initiatives from the laboratory to the business incubator and ultimately to new businesses in the marketplace.
5. Bolstering Economic and Community Partnerships through:
- Identifying ways to partner with local and state communities in mutually beneficial projects;
- Initiating an extensive alumni membership campaign to include alumni special populations;
- Promoting strategic economic development that will attract more businesses to the region and utilize academic research to bolster the local and state economy; and
- Creating new and expanded employment opportunities for well-prepared alumni.
6. Maximizing Human Potential through:
- Hiring high quality, diverse, and talented individuals;
- Utilizing their expertise more effectively; and
- Building staff training, development, and compensation programs to recruit and retain the best faculty and staff in this competitive industry.