STEM TRAIL Center Strategic Plan
Since the initial launch of the STEM Priority at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) in 2012 the effort to advance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) on our campus and in the region has been a collaborative journey among UNO students, staff, faculty, and administrators as well as our partners in the Omaha metropolitan community. It continues to be an increasingly interdisciplinary and inclusive process. In 2013, together with our colleagues both on and off campus, we developed a five-year STEM Strategic Plan that has served the campus well, providing the framework necessary to accomplish many of our foundational objectives. Encouraged and excited by our successes to date, we are now ready to build on the foundation of our Phase I efforts to implement Phase II: 2018–2023 and to move UNO STEM forward into a strong and sustainable future that we believe will be bright for our students and the community we serve. Many meetings, conversations, surveys, data, and projects have brought us to this point, and our collective mission continues with a refinement and renewal of purpose, as follows:
The mission of the UNO STEM Priority is to advance student understanding and success in the STEM disciplines, to support faculty collaboration and professional development in STEM research and education, and to aggressively lead community partnerships focused on increasing STEM capacity, competency, innovation, and literacy at all levels for the betterment of our metropolitan, regional, national, and international communities.
This purpose continues to be supported by four overarching goals focused on advancing STEM in the areas of teaching and learning, research, community engagement/outreach, and infrastructure. These goal areas align, respectively, with the four goals of UNO’s Strategic Plan, which include student centeredness, academic excellence, community engagement, and institutional quality.
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