2012-13 Strategic Planning Awards
The annual Chancellor's Strategic Planning Awards at UNO are designed to recognize units, both academic and non-academic, and cross-disciplinary initiatives that exemplify a commitment to furthering UNO's strategic goals - a focus on helping UNO's diverse student body reach their potential, a commitment to academic excellence, and an active engagement with the community and region. The awards have been presented by the Chancellor since 2004.
Student Focus Category
Academic Advisors Steering Committee
The Academic Advising Steering Committee (AASC) was created in 2009 to "develop a coordinated, distributed model for academic advising" at UNO. Over the past four years, the committee, in conjunction with the Academic Advising Council, has worked to improve the undergraduate advising experience at UNO.
Advising is much more than just selecting classes for a given semester, it is central to a student's academic success. With a new enrollment management plan and a goal of 20,000 students enrolled by 2020, the committee continues to discuss not just what can be done, but what should be done to move our campus from good to great in the area of academic advising.
Academic Focus Category
Executive MBA Program
UNO's Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) program is one of the flagship programs in the College of Business Administration. The EMBA consists of an 18-month, rigorous training plan that culminates in a capstone project where students work to take real clients' products to an overseas market. This international approach to business is just one of the areas that makes UNO's EMBA unique and highly sought after by students in the region.
The EMBA's commitment to community education is matched only by the community's commitment to the program. In recent years, graduates of the program have formed an active alumni association that helps students keep their skills up to date and provide insight into the program for future students. Additionally, executive education of regional business leaders has been a major part of the EMBA program, drawing in managers from Union Pacific, Performance Auto and ConAgra, to name a few, for regular educational sessions to maintain the most up-to-date skills in their fields.
Community Engagement Category
P-16 Initiative Service Learning Academy
The P-16 Initiative, as part of UNO's Service Learning Academy, brings together students and educators from UNO with other students and educators from area school districts as well as community leaders to develop collaborative academic service-learning experiences. Through week-long seminars, members are trained in quality service-learning pedagogy in order to create partnerships that bring classroom learning into the community in order to ask critical questions and identify solutions to key issues and problems.
Over the past three years, nearly 200 faculty members from UNO and area school districts have been trained in service learning and over 7100 students have served and learned together as a result. As part of these P-16 service learning experiences, preschool through high school students work together with UNO students on campus, in the classroom and in the community addressing issues such as bullying, hunger, access to information, elder care and much more. The P-16 Initiative also works closely with Building Bright Futures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to education and civic engagement ensuring that all students are ready for post-secondary education.
Previous UNO Strategic Planning Awardees
Student Focus: School of Social Work
Academic Excellence: Department of Information Systems and Quantitative Analyses
Community Engagement: UNO Center for Economic Education
Student Focus: First Year Experience
Academic Excellence: Department of Criminal Justice
Community Engagement: International Studies and Programs
Student Focus: Project Achieve
Academic Excellence: School of Communication
Community Engagement: Center for Public Affairs Research
Student Focus: Library Science Education
Academic Excellence: School of Public Administration
Community Engagement: Public Relations Student Society of America-UNO Chapter
Student Focus: Division of Continuing Studies
Academic Excellence: Department of Economics and Real Estate
Community Engagement: Center for Innovation in Arts Education
Student Focus: CBA Maverick Investment Program
Academic Excellence: The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility
Community Engagement: Neighborhood Center’s Graffiti Scan Program
Student Focus: UNO Athletes and Elders: A Community of Interest
Academic Focus: The Nebraska Biomechanics Core Facility
Community Engagement: The Physical Activity in Health Promotion Program
Student Focus: College of Education Culture Walk Program
Academic Focus: Office of STEM Education
Community Engagement: Nebraska Business Development Center