Deans endorse strategic positioning plan

IT dean Steven L. Crouch was among 20 members of the Twin Cities Deans' Council who endorsed the University's strategic positioning plan in a letter delivered to President Bruininks April 21. The plan is part of a wide-ranging, consultative process now underway to plan for the institution's future, with the goal of becoming one of the top three public research universities within a decade. Earlier this month, 31 Regents Professors and Distinguished McKnight University Professors and Regents Professors publicly expressed strong support for the recommendations and urged the administration to engage a diverse cross-section of the faculty and University community to implement them quickly.

Among the recommendations is a call for the creation of a task force to identify ways to better integrate and promote academic synergies, teaching, and research among IT, the College of Biological Sciences, the College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences, and the College of Natural Resources. The task force will examine possible reconfigurations of these programs, including consolidating colleges and creating new interdisciplinary institutes.