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State Board of Higher Education approves new strategic plan

Posted on 10/2/2014

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Linda Donlin, Director of Communications and
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North Dakota University System
Phone: 701.328.2962

The State Board of Higher Education unanimously voted today to approve the 2015-2020 strategic plan for the university system - The NDUS Edge. The plan incorporates a new mission, "Unleashing Potential," and a new vision, "Inspiring Our Future," and outlines four main goals for the next five years:
  1. Deliver degrees that are the best value in the nation
  2. Provide programs people want, where and when they need them
  3. Equip students for success
  4. Maximize the strengths of the unified system.

Each goal includes strategies for accomplishing it, as well as indicators and outcomes that will be used to measure progress against that goal. To further increase transparency, the plan will be broadly communicated and the indicators will be displayed on public dashboards linked to the NDUS website.

"This is an exciting day for higher education in North Dakota," said Board Chair Kirsten Diederich. "We are launching a plan that will unleash the potential of our university system, our colleges and universities, our faculty and staff and especially our students. The robust discussions we undertook during the past year helped us get where we are today, and we've developed some impressive goals."

During the meeting, the Board discussed the proposed plan and addressed how Pathways to Student Success fits into this plan. The Board made some minor language changes to the plan, and tabled the discussion and decision on the proposed admissions standards until later this year.

A great deal of input went into the development of this plan including over 100 interviews, a faculty-staff survey with 1,674 participants, and a student Twitter chat. The Board and NDUS staff will continue to inform and engage those stakeholders who contributed their ideas to this plan. This plan is a living document that will be reviewed annually by the Board and adjusted as needed.

"I believe our new vision, mission and framework for transformational change will help give North Dakota the edge it needs to continue its path to greatness for generations to come," said Diederich.

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