Following a series of campus-wide strategic plan discussions during winter term, the Planning & Priorities Group (P&P) is now ready to move into the next phase of identifying priorities and funding sources for implementation projects.
Over the course of the spring term, P&P will head up a series of implementation activities and members of the campus community will have a number of opportunities to get involved in the process.
- Participating through department and office projects: P&P has developed a list of major projects that are currently underway or in the planning stages. Departments and offices, through their respective vice presidents, will be invited to add their high-priority initiatives as components of projects on this list. The goal is to have a comprehensive listing of all of Union’s strategic priorities so that potential connections between projects and shared resources can be identified.
- Attending the next round of strategic project discussions: These discussions will focus on some of the initiatives currently underway.
- Tuesday, Apr. 15 (1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. in Everest Lounge). Discussion will focus on project #18 of the strategic plan’s implementation list, which is related to Union’s location. The focus will be on opportunities presented by the Upstate-Global Collective, part of the new Mellon Foundation grant to the New York 6 consortium of colleges.
- Friday, May 2 (3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. in Everest Lounge) will feature project #19, which is related to advising. The discussion will highlight the development of the Notice-Choose-Tell web advising application.
- Friday, May 23 (3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. in Milano Lounge) will feature updates on project #24, which is centered on the Karp Hall renovations. The conversation will focus on of the celebration of language and literature scheduled to coincide with the opening of Karp Hall in 2014-15.
- Applying for funding: Members of the campus community can apply for one or two-year grants to support projects that contribute to the 2013 Strategic Plan. Two types of grants are available:
- Planning grants of $2,000-$5,000 (to facilitate project planning activities such as retreats, attending conferences, consulting outside experts).
- Implementation grants of $10,000 and up (to undertake specific projects).
Grant proposals must involve activities that are not eligible for other sources of funding at the College. They must also clearly contribute to one or more of the 26 main projects identified for Strategic Plan implementation (see project list on the Strategic Plan Nexus website.) Proposals must include a brief description and a budget and must be submitted by May 1 to the department or office’s senior staff member. Project awards will be made by mid-June and funds will be made available by July 1.
More extensive details and documentation related to the spring term implementation projects are posted on the Strategic Plan Nexus website.