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Published March 09, 2010, 04:46 PM

UND Developing New Strategic Plan

UND has hired a consulting group to carve a new path for UND. It involves two main goals. The first is to strengthen connections, the second enhance the community. It could even involve new building projects.

UND has hired a consulting group to carve a new path for UND. It involves two main goals. The first is to strengthen connections, the second enhance the community.

It could even involve new building projects.

As UND's current strategic plan starts to age, consultants have moved in to find new strategies. It began with today's town hall meeting introducing an initiative with two main goals: Strengthen connections and enhance the community. It has already sparking some ideas.

Ashley Lauth: "I think a great niche UND can have is to become a clean energy leader, UND has already signed the presidents climate commitment."

William Sheridan: "I do believe UND will want to talk about expanding resources both for teaching and for service"

Today's town hall meeting is the first step in a four phase initiative. The next two will involve taking the ideas from the community and campus, to develop 3-5 final tangible ideas.

Robert Kelley: "The challenge is to find something doable with a reasonable amount of time say 3-5 years. The other issue is buying people into the idea."

For example, it could be pulling together sciences, with technology disciplines or having off-campus student centers to encourage community and student interaction. And that could mean new buildings.

Robert Kelley: "If we put together a major interdisciplinary center to connect a lot of the sciences and tech, so we can get more ideas, more policies, and more initiatives."

People at today's meeting think the initiative is a good start, but there are some questions."

William Sheridan: "It still remains to be seen how well this will be embraced, how well will students, staff, faculty participate, and I hope they all will."

Kelley says the plan is designed to look into the future, but not forget issues like the Sioux Nickname and logo debate. Just look past them and not let them slow the universities forward progress.

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