As a Metropolitan University of distinction, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) transforms and improves the quality of life locally, nationally and globally.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is recognized as the premier Metropolitan University throughout the United States and the world.
The success of our students, while enrolled at our campus and later as graduates and global citizens, is critical to our mission. We are committed to ensuring a supportive and invigorating environment in which all of our students can thrive and grow.
1.1 Recruit, develop, retain, and graduate a diverse student body reflecting a dynamic metropolitan community.
1.2 Prepare students for academic success, careers, and professional responsibilities in an increasingly complex world.
1.3 Prepare students for global citizenship.
1.4 Develop resources that reduce financial barriers to increase student access and success and minimize debt.
1.5 Create a supportive, inclusive culture that enhances students’ experiences and success.
GOAL 2: Academic Excellence
Through our commitment to discovery in all of its forms, we support a culture of scholarship in which the contributions of each discipline is celebrated. The breadth and recognition of our curriculum and academic programs reflects the highest standards of rigor, quality, and delivery.
2.1 Provide a strong core curriculum that ensures every UNO graduate possesses foundational academic skills, experiences the breadth of a liberal education, and develops an appreciation for the diversity that exists in the nation and world.
2.2 Provide high-quality academic programs that are responsive to student and societal needs, nationally and internationally recognized for excellence, and effectively utilize traditional and distance-education delivery modalities.
2.3 Support and enhance faculty and student research and creative activity.
2.4 Identify, develop, and support interdisciplinary/transdisciplinary academic priorities.
2.5 Develop and enhance applied and experiential student learning opportunities.
GOAL 3: Community Engagement
We are committed to preparing our students to be engaged citizens and community leaders in a diverse and evolving society. We embrace our role as an anchor in our community, bringing our teaching, research and service resources to bear in sustainable and reciprocal community partnerships.
3.1 Build new and strengthen existing connections with a broad range of community partners.
3.2 Prepare students to be engaged citizens and community leaders in a diverse and evolving society.
3.3 Promote, recognize, and incentivize engaged scholarship.
3.4 Increase the involvement of alumni in advancing UNO priorities.
3.5 Fortify rewards and resources supporting engaged teaching and learning.
3.6 Formalize a system to measure and communicate the value and impact of UNO’s engagement on the community.
GOAL 4: Institutional Quality
We recognize the great value of the human, information, financial and physical assets entrusted to us and are committed to the highest levels of efficiency, effectiveness, and ethics in their deployment.
4.1 Recruit, retain, and reward outstanding faculty and staff.
4.2 Provide a safe, sustainable, and welcoming environment.
4.3 Create a vibrant and inclusive environment and culture for faculty, students, and staff.
4.4 Prudently manage the financial resources entrusted to us.
4.5 Increase public awareness of UNO’s standing as a premier Metropolitan University.
4.6 Maintain and expand facilities to meet the growing needs of the campus.
4.7 Utilize technology that supports learning, effectiveness, and innovation.
Starting in 1997 with 15 members, the Strategic Planning Steering Committee has been responsible for the on-going development and updating of the UNO Strategic Plan and integration of the plan with other campus-wide planning efforts.The 2017-18 Strategic Plan Steering Committee membership includes the following individuals:
- Jeffrey Gold, Chancellor, Committee Chair
- BJ Reed, Senior Vice Chancellor OASA, Committee Co-Facilitator
- Jill Russell, Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor, Committee Co-Facilitator
|Maria Arbelaez||Associate Professor, History, Faculty Senate Representative|
|Paul Barnes||Associate Dean, College of Education|
|Melissa Berke||Assistant Dean, College of Communication, Fine Arts, and Media|
|Bret Blackman||Associate Vice Chancellor & CIO, Information Technology Services|
|Anne Branigan||Senior Vice President, Greater Omaha Chamber|
|Brian Carey||Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance, Athletics|
|Juan Casas||Associate Professor, Psychology|
|Melissa Cast-Brede||Associate Professor, Teacher Education|
|Bill Conley||Vice Chancellor, Business and Finance|
|Lee Denker, Jr.||President and CEO, UNO Alumni Association; Executive Director of UNO Alumni Engagement, NU Foundation|
|Keristiena S. Dodge||Project Specialist for Academic Affairs|
|Carlo Eby or designee||Student Government Representative|
|Charlotte Evans||Director, Public Safety|
|James Freeman||Senior Director of Inclusion and Director of Multicultural Affairs|
|Cecil Hicks, Jr.||Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources|
|Anne Hindery||Chief Executive Officer, Nonprofit Association of the Midlands|
|Jody Neathery-Castro||Chairperson, Political Science and UNO/UNMC Internationalization Lab|
|Liz Nunez||Graduate Assistant, Political Science|
|Sarah Osborn||Director, ILUNO and IP|
|Erin Owen||Executive Director, University Communications|
|Barbara Pickering||Professor, School of Communication and Faculty Fellow, OASA|
|T. Hank Robinson||Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness|
|Connie Schaffer||Associate Professor, Teacher Education, and Faculty Fellow, OASA|
Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies
|Birud Sindhav||Associate Professor, Management|
|Thomas Walker||Business Analyst, OIE, Staff Advisory Representative|
Executive Associate to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement
The Steering Committee's activities include:
- Reports from the Faculty Senate, Staff Advisory Council, Student Government and Alumni.
- Accreditation discussion
- Presentations and reviews of pertinent reports and data
- Identifying and carrying out annual projects for committee
In addition, the Steering Committee organizes and hosts two annual forums; one for internal UNO community; the second of which is extended to include community members and partners.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha has been involved in strategic planning since its doors opened in 1908. In 1997 that involvement expanded into a new campuswide strategic planning initiative. Faculty, staff, students and members of the community have created a dynamic process that encourages good ideas, allows employees to shape direction, and is transforming our institution.
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