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  1. Fall Convocation 2004 The Best Is Yet To Come September 22, 2004

  2. Characteristics of the George Johnson era: 1. Flexibility 2. Regionalism 3. Speed 4. Infrastructure Engaging the Future – September 1997

  3. A Maturing GMU Seeks Respect Virginia School with Short History Has Lofty Plans Frank Lipton and Peter Behr Washington Post August 26, 1997

  4. Current Distinctive Competencies,Culture and Commitments • Innovative and entrepreneurial. • Contribute to and draw upon the resources of the Greater Washington area. • Recognize the importance of both the whole (the university) and its parts (programs, people, etc.). • Focus on a relative limited number of academic programs and other programs. • Recognize the importance of developing and promoting an image of our activities.

  5. Wednesday, August 18, 2004 George Mason University from 2004 to 2010 • George Mason University in 2010, its defining characteristics, its dominant characteristics, its image and its reputation. • Elements of a great university: • Students (number, nature, etc.) • Faculty • Staff • Academic units and degree programs • Academic, student and administration support units • Campuses and facilities

  6. Wednesday, August 18, 2004 George Mason University from 2004 to 2010 • From 2004 to 2010; George Mason University in 2006 and 2008 • Envisioning the university • Assessing our progress

  7. Timeline for 2010 Plan • 2003 • September Plan announced at Fall Convocation 2003, September 25, 2003 • 2004 • April Drafts of academic unit plans completed • July Drafts of service unit plans completed • August Draft plans presented to Presidents Council and Board of Visitors • at Planning Conference. • Reports in preparation related to various questions relating to • 2010 Plan: • September 14 Draft plans presented to university community at 2010 Plan Town • Hall Meeting for discussion and questions • September 22 President reviews 2010 Plan status at Convocation • October 13 Board of Visitors reviews and discusses 2010 Plan outline • November 1 Report of task forces to President and Executive Council • December 15 President approves draft plan • 2005 • January 26 Board of Visitors work session on 2010 Plan (off site) • March Board of Visitors approves 2010 Plan • April Rollout of 2010 Plan

  8. PROPOSED ACADEMIC INITIATIVES

  9. Major Themes: Academic Plans 2010 • Growth – students, faculty, doctoral programs, research, and physical facilities. • Quality Improvement – more competitive admissions (undergraduate and graduate), research capable faculty, and advancement in the U.S. higher education rankings (both university-wide and specific academic programs). • New Educational and Research Areas – “frontier” opportunities in science and technology. • Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning – “blended” courses, distance learning, instructional databases (e.g., case study materials). • International Presence – academic programs (including Mason degrees) abroad, both stand-alone and in collaboration with foreign universities. • Less Dependence on State Funding – more emphasis on • differential tuition, external research funding, accelerated • fund-raising.

  10. PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE INITIATIVES

  11. Conceptual Drivers / Task Forces • Compensation Package • Student Quality • Research/Sciences • Student Life • Physical Resources • Institutional Effectiveness

  12. Competitive Compensation Package • FULL-TIME FACULTY • Average Annual Salary Increase, 5% • 60th Percentile, FY 2008 • ADJUNCT MATRIX & MIX • 25% Increase • 82/18 FT/PT Mix • GRADUATE ASSISTANTS • 25-33% Increase • STAFF • Additional 2.0% Per Year • State Authorized 3.0% Per Year

  13. Student Quality Focus • Improved Selectivity Undergraduate In-State (Top 10% H.S. Class) (Improved SAT) • Out-of-State Students (Increased Numbers & Quality) • Improved Undergraduate Financial Aid • The International Students (High Quality) • Graduate Programs Meeting Workforce Demands • Continued Commitment to Northern Virginia High School Graduates • Continued Commitment to NVCC Transfers • Expand Honors Program Activities • Continued Commitment to Diversity and Access

  14. Development of “Research” Institution with Greater Emphasis on the “Sciences” • Faculty, Staff, Support Needs in Selected Sciences • Graduate Student Support • Sponsored Programs: Technology Transfer, Intellectual Property • Elevation of Current Library to “Research” Stature in Selected Areas • Technology Infrastructure • Safety & Compliance • Facilities and Physical Plant Upgrade

  15. Enhanced Student Life • Increased Activity During Evenings, Weekends, School Breaks, etc. • Integration of Housing, Academics, Retail, Student Organizations • Expansion of Recreational, Leisure, Intramural, Club Sports • Consolidation (by location) of Student Service/Academic Support Activities • Creation of Attractive Campus Destination Points (other than JC) • Increased Utilization by University of Student Employees • Availability of Essential Support Services in Non-Traditional Hours • Improved Marketing of Campus Events (Athletics, Speakers, Socials, etc.) • Vibrant Student Service Activity on All Campuses

  16. Physical Resources: Improved Learning Teaching Space/Conditions • Increased Space (Classrooms, Research, Faculty/Staff Offices) • Expanded Hours • Advanced Technological Support (Classrooms) • Well-Maintained Facilities/Grounds

  17. Operational Effectiveness • Technology Infrastructure (Videoconference, Portal, Equipment Replacement, etc.) • Improved Policies and Procedures (State/Local) • Support Services Investment Consistent With the Academic Plan (2010) • Funding for Opportunity • Rigorous Outcomes Assessment • Best Practices • Performance Measures • Accountability

  18. Wednesday, August 18, 2004 Program Priorities • Law, Economics and Policy • The Sciences • The Performing Arts • Information Technology • International and Global Activities • Innovative Undergraduate Education

  19. George Mason University 2004-05 Revenue Budget $483,200,000 Sponsored Research $76.0 User Fees $92.0 15.7% 19.0% Private Funds $13.0 2.7% Capital Outlay $37.8 7.8% Financial Aid $8.4 Tuition $123.9 1.7% 25.6% 21.0% General Fund $101.5 6.4% Student Fees $30.7 $ in Millions

  20. University Funding Public institutions have diversified their funding. They rely to an increasing extent on tuition income and contributions from alumni and friends, and federal grant and contract support is essential for major research universities. Corporate partnerships, economic development, the exploitation of intellectual property, and other points of contact between public universities and society will continue to be a central and unapologetic part of any strategy for public higher education. On the other hand, the capacity of public universities and colleges to tap these alternative sources of revenue varies widely. What are the societal and institutional consequences, and how should these be addressed? AGB Trusteeship July/August 2004

  21. Wednesday, August 18, 2004 Steps in Developing Initiatives 1. Criteria for selecting a venture 2. Opportunities to be evaluated 3. Opportunities to be avoided 4. Potential unintended consequences 5. Sharing of risks and rewards Development of a process for evaluating and selecting ventures

  22. Timeline for 2010 Plan • 2003 • September Plan announced at Fall Convocation 2003, September 25, 2003 • 2004 • April Drafts of academic unit plans completed • July Drafts of service unit plans completed • August Draft plans presented to Presidents Council and Board of Visitors • at Planning Conference. • Reports in preparation related to various questions relating to • 2010 Plan: • September 14 Draft plans presented to university community at 2010 Plan Town • Hall Meeting for discussion and questions • September 22 President reviews 2010 Plan status at Convocation • October 13 Board of Visitors reviews and discusses 2010 Plan outline • November 1 Report of task forces to President and Executive Council • December 15 President approves draft plan • 2005 • January 26 Board of Visitors work session on 2010 Plan (off site) • March Board of Visitors approves 2010 Plan • April Rollout of 2010 Plan

  23. Fall Convocation 2004 The Best Is Yet To Come September 22, 2004 https://docushare.gmu.edu