Schools are looking to be more entrepreneurial through philanthropy
as well as revenue-generating activities to fulfill
their funding needs, especially in a time of shrinking public
Critical need for space, especially for research, as we move forward
Balancing teaching and research afraid that research demands
will affect quality of teaching; on the other hand, need to
engage in significant research to advance knowledge, and to
raise the profile of the schools and University. At the Schools
of Medicine and Nursing, the added dimension of patient care
exacerbates this issue.
schools would like to promote their excellence better to the
outside world better marketing to peers and to the
public, both nationally and globally.
for more international opportunities for students and faculty;
all schools have international initiatives but want to increase
these opportunities more strategically.
of new technology it is necessary to become more technologically
sophisticated to maintain excellence and to continue to compete,
but it is expensive.
for the best new faculty is more intense than ever; our limited
resources make recruiting even more difficult. This is especially
crucial as many current faculty are nearing retirement. In
addition, schools are feeling the added challenge of recruiting
and retaining minority faculty to maintain a diverse faculty
of adequate support for graduate students causes the University
to lose great fledgling scholars, and affects the ability
to do significant research.
need to provide Web-based instruction in order to reach broader
audiences and to provide new educational resources, without
losing the "sense of place" and the emphasis on
values-based instruction that is a hallmark of the institution.
University does not have enough mechanisms in place to trade
information between schools (and in some cases, between departments).
Too often schools learn "by accident" about programs
they might have been able to partner on with other schools.
Concern that while the University needs to "grow" several
areas, such as the sciences, we may lose our nimbleness and
the intimate character of our teaching if we get bigger. One
way to address this is to encourage more cross-school collaboration
to maximize resources.