Subcommittee on Mission and Goals; Planning, Resource Allocation, and Institutional Renewal
Fundamental charge: This subcommittee is asked to review comprehensively UAlbany's compliance with the first two Middle States Standards:Mission and Goals; and Planning, Resource Allocation, and Renewal. The work of this subcommittee is particularly important in documenting how effectively the University has functioned and been guided by its core mission and goals during the self-study time-frame (2000 through 2010), during which it experienced numerous transitions in presidential and other senior campus leadership positions, and varied approaches to planning and resource allocation. As important, this subcommittee is asked to outline the challenges and opportunities that UAlbany faces in the current higher education environment, both nationally and internationally, and particularly within New YorkState, given its leadership situation, and to recommend steps and processes that will help ensure the future success of the institution when stable campus leadership eventually assumes the helm.
- How clearly are the University's mission and goals defined?
- To what degree are goals consistent with the University's stated mission, and how are they reflected in the allocation of resources?
- How extensively do the University's mission and goals focus on student learning, other specific outcomes, and institutional improvement?
- How effectively do UAlbany's mission and goals support scholarly and creative activity, at levels and of the kinds appropriate to UAlbany's historical standing as a research University?
- To what extent were the institutional goals and mission developed through collaborative participation by the University community and faculty governance, and in what ways have they been periodically evaluated and formally approved?
- How effectively are UAlbany's mission and goals publicized, and how widely known are they by the University community?
- How effective is the University's mission in guiding faculty, administration, staff and governing bodies in making decisions related to planning, resource allocation, program and curricular development, and the definition of program outcomes?
- To what extent has UAlbany's 1992 mission statement affected (positively and negatively) planning, resource allocation, and program and curricular development across the various levels of the University?
- To what degree do UAlbany's mission and goals address external as well as internal issues and constituencies?
- How are the University's mission and goals used at different levels within UAlbany (e.g., institutional level, by schools/colleges, or by departments), and how effective are they in guiding decision making?
- How do academic and administrative units plan, allocate resources, and renew themselves and how effective are they in those tasks with respect to the university's mission and goals?
- To what extent does UAlbany encourage and support academic and administrative units to reflect on their missions, goals, and to change, improve, and renew their programs and services?
- How has the achievement of UAlbany's mission and specific goals been assessed since the last self-study, and has this assessment been timely and effective?
Issues to keep in mind and weave into discussions:
- How has the funding context for UAlbany influenced planning and resource allocation over the self-study period? What have been the effects on attempts at institutional renewal?
- Similarly, how have transitions in executive leadership affected (positively and negatively) UAlbany's planning processes, resource allocation, and attempts at institutional renewal?
- To what extent are UAlbany's mission and goals influenced by external contexts, including SUNY Central Administration policies and practices?
Fundamental elements of integrity to weave into discussions:
- To what degree have changes and issues affecting institutional mission, goals, sites, programs, operations, and other material changes been disclosed accurately and in a timely manner to the institution's community, to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and to other appropriate regulatory bodies?
- How does UAlbany ensure that factual information about the University, including such information as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education annual institutional profile, the self-study or periodic review report, the team report, and the Commission's action, is accurately reported and made publicly available to the University's community?
Methodologies: This subcommittee will review the available data and documents, beginning with the currently approved mission and University goals. School/college and departmental mission statements and goals (perhaps on a sampling basis) will also be reviewed for consistency with the overarching University mission and goals. Interviews or requests for process documentation from campus officials such as deans, department chairs, governance chairs, Office of Management and Budget staff, and others involved with planning and resource allocation functions may also be considered.
Please click firstname.lastname@example.org to contact Dr. Marcia Sutherland, chair of this subcommitee, to provide input or comments.