A 12 Month Task Force Message from Chancellor John Christensen
A final report from the 12 Month Operational Plan Task Force is linked below. I would encourage all members of our campus community (and the public) to review the document.
The material the Task Force put together is thoughtful, and outlines challenges and opportunities that the university will continue to explore. Although the hard work of this group has concluded, the "campus conversation" that they started will keep going.
More than 20 people–faculty, students and staff–served on the Task Force, and while full consensus could not be reached on all issues, important questions were raised and discussed. The research, concerns and thoughts that have been quantified and documented confirm my belief that further examining all opportunities for the future of our campus and its people is vitally important.
After reviewing the Task Force's materials and speaking with others in higher education, I believe that our next step needs to be to create several work groups to look into specific issues. Areas such as financial aid, human resources and facilities (to name just a few) all need further cross-campus input.
I truly and deeply appreciate the Task Force members for their honesty and willingness to consider a wide variety of possible options. Higher education today reflects our society–change is a constant, change is an opportunity. At UNO, we are privileged to have smart, deeply dedicated people who want to set the best future direction possible for our institution. It's an honor to serve with them.
Welcome to the 12 Month Operational Plan Task Force web site.
The Task Force and Its Charge
The 12 Month Operational Plan Task Force was chartered by Chancellor Christensen on October 3, 2007. Chancellor Christensen charged the Task Force to undertake a rigorous and accelerated study of the opportunities for UNO to provide meaningful year round educational offerings.
The Task Force chairs are Sheri Noren Everts, Interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs and Scott Tarry, Professor and Director, Aviation Institute and President, UNO Faculty Senate.
The Task Force members include about 25 students, faculty, staff and administrators who are meeting bi-weekly to respond to the Chancellor's charge. The Task Force will complete its work in January, 2008.
"A Campus Conversation"
In his charge to the Task Force, Chancellor Christensen said,
" I have no preconceived notion as to what the answer may be. Based on what the future may hold, full consideration of twelve month operations is very important The higher education landscape is changing daily. It has become very competitive. Costs are growing at the same time that state support is trending down. Expectations of UNO are growing. All of these changes support a careful look at our operational options with the clear understanding that serving students is a priority. This will take a willingness and openness to consider all options. It will require a campus conversation so that every voice is represented and heard."
Benefits of Expanded Operations
- Early graduation
- Deeper learning experiences
- Less student debt
- Greater flexibility for faculty
- Better utilization of resources