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Graduate School Strategic Plan 2020-25

STRATEGIC GOALS

GOAL 1: COLLABORATION

We will promote graduate education everywhere
Objective 1.1   Increase the visibility of University of Memphis graduate programs on and off campus
Objective 1.2  Recruit the best and brightest prospective students to join University of Memphis graduate programs

GOAL 2: STUDENT SUCCESS

We will provide every graduate student with the opportunity to excel
Objective 2.1   Offer opportunities to grow personal success skills through professional development seminars and skills workshops
Objective 2.2  Offer career-building sessions for graduate students, expanding their capabilities beyond their disciplinary fields
Objective 2.3  Support a positive student experience 

GOAL 3: RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION

We will promote and advance the highest quality graduate education for our community 
Objective 3.1   Showcase graduate programs and research with local leaders, national executives and industry partners 
Objective 3.2  Host a celebration of academic innovations to encourage continuous improvement and modernization 
Objective 3.3  Promote interdisciplinary academic scholarship and programming
Objective 3.4  Connect student interests, corporate feedback and social interests
Objective 3.5  Provide data to analyze and report about graduate education, needs assessments and community engagement

GOAL 4: DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

We will respect and include everyone to ensure effective support for all student populations 
Objective 4.1
   Increase the diversity of students applying for graduate programs through targeted advertising and outreach 
Objective 4.2  Collaborate with Multicultural Affairs to sponsor training for graduate faculty and graduate assistants on diversity and inclusion
Objective 4.3  Raise visibility of events that celebrate and bring awareness to cultural diversity
Objective 4.4  Engage with the Development office to offer additional fellowships for graduate students from underserved or underrepresented populations

GOAL 5: ACCOUNTABILITY

We will foster the wise use of resources within our unit, our University and for our students
Objective 5.1   Host best practice training and/or knowledge sharing programs working with academic unit partners
Objective 5.2  Create and maintain an easy-to-use and informative website portal for our students and campus units  
Objective 5.3  Automate and streamline graduate student-related forms and processes 
Objective 5.4  Continue investing in new program proposals that meet employer demand and University needs