Strategic Plan

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Our Motto

Preparing You for Your Tomorrow

Our Vision

Pursue excellence in research, scholarship, and education, ensuring personal and professional growth for future generations of engineering leaders who will stimulate prosperity for Arkansas, the nation and the world.

2021 Balanced Growth

  • 3500 undergraduate students
  • 1000 master’s students
  • 350 doctoral students
  • 135 tenure-track faculty
  • 65 clinical and research faculty
  • 180 staff members
  • $300,000 in research expenditures per faculty

Objectives and Strategies

Objective One

Increase Student Quality and Diversity

Strategy

Recruit and graduate high quality students

Metrics

  • ACT and GRE quantitative scores
  • Career placement rate
  • Graduate student acceptance rate
  • Honors student completion rate
  • Student and faculty diversity

Benefits to Arkansas

  • Educational opportunities for Arkansas students
  • An educated Arkansas workforce

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Objective Two

Provide student centered education

Strategies

  • Recruit and graduate diverse high quality students
  • Increase number and diversity of faculty and staff
  • Support, recognize and reward faculty and staff excellence

Metrics

  • Experiential learning participation
  • Freshman retention rate
  • Six-year undergraduate graduation rate
  • Student-faculty ratios
  • Student semester credit hours per FTE
  • Undergraduate degrees awarded

Benefits to Arkansas

  • Expand educational opportunities for Arkansas students
  • Support local industry through internships an cooperative education

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Objective Three

Recruit and retain high quality faculty and staff

Strategies

  • Increase number and diversity of faculty and staff
  • Support, recognize and reward faculty and staff excellence

Metrics

  • Faculty retention
  • National awards
  • Professional society leaders and fellows
  • National Society of Engineering membership
  • Staff to faculty ratios

Benefits to Arkansas

  • Employment opportunities for Arkansans
  • Attracting talented researchers to the state
  • Raising the perception of Arkansas higher ed

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Objective Four

Increase research productivity

Strategies

  • Recruit and graduate diverse high-quality students
  • Support, recognize and reward faculty and staff excellence
  • Increase research proposals and funding
  • Build research and development culture

Metrics

  • Doctoral and master's degrees granted
  • New research grants received
  • Peer reviewed publications
  • Research proposals submitted
  • Research expenditures (total and per faculty)

Benefits to Arkansas

  • Building the knowledge economy in the region
  • Solving technical problems in the state and beyond

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Objective Five

Increase economic development

Strategies

  • Increase research proposals and funding
  • Build research and development culture

Metrics

  • Invention disclosures
  • Industry research expenditures
  • Patents awarded
  • Startup companies

Benefits to Arkansas

  • Contributing to the state economy
  • Attracting more tech companies and talent

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Objective Six

Increase alumni and corporate support

Strategy

Cultivate alumni and corporate relationships

Metrics

  • Philanthropic giving
  • Endowed faculty positions
  • Endowed scholarships and fellowships
  • Percentage of alumni who give

Benefits to Arkansas

  • Strengthening the relationship between th university and the state
  • Supporting state industry

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Objective Seven

Provide high quality infrastructure

Strategy

Plan for infrastructure growth

Metrics:

  • Academic space
  • Research space

Benefits to Arkansas

  • New platforms for university/industry collaborations
  • Support for research and education that benefits Arkansas

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