Missouri University of Science and Technology


Dear Colleagues:

In June 2012, we initiated a year-long strategic planning process to determine clear and compelling strategies to guide our campus toward its 2020 vision. This initiative complements University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe's request that each of the four campuses produce a strategic plan focusing on its strengths and distinctive qualities while addressing the most crucial challenges facing higher education. These challenges include:

  • Budgetary constraints related to declining state and federal funding;
  • Increasing demand for graduates in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics; and
  • Rapid changes in the delivery of academic offerings, particularly through open-access online courses.

It is clear that the levels of state and federal funding for higher education will not return to what they were a few years ago and that state and national leaders are expecting more from higher education institutions. It is also clear that we, as a campus, must not only devise a way to respond to these new conditions, we must also create a bold plan that strengthens our ability to thrive in this "new normal." Now is the time for us to develop a clear, transformational strategy that succinctly describes the path we will follow over the next five to eight years. Guided by that strategy we will develop, by June 2013, detailed five-year strategic plans with related financial plans and performance metrics that align with our overall campuswide strategy.

At Missouri S&T, we see this strategic planning process as an opportunity to refine our mission and enhance our national and international stature. About forty S&T colleagues, representing faculty, staff, students and administrators, are already working on specific strategy statements that consider the needs of the campus and our primary customers:

  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate distance/online students
  • Research-based graduate students
  • Research investors
  • Employers
  • Donors

Over the next few months, you will be asked to contribute your own ideas to these developing strategies and their related actions. It is important that as many members of the S&T community as possible participate in this strategic plan-building process.

The time we have to respond to these challenges is short, but our need to do so is great. Based on our developed strategies and plans, President Wolfe has indicated that future budgetary decisions could transform our role within the University of Missouri System. In addition we expect that, with the participation of the entire S&T community, the outcomes of this strategic planning process will enhance our national and international reputation as a premier technological research university where discovery, creativity and innovation are the norm.

I do hope you will commit to being an active participant in this critical journey to shape Missouri S&T now and into the future. I also invite you to use this website to help engage in the planning process.

Warmest regards,

Dr. Cheryl B. Schrader

Cheryl B. Schrader, Ph.D.


Missouri University of Science and Technology
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