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CGS Strategic Plan

Breaking Through 2017-2022

Center for Global Studies Strategic Plan

Preamble

The Center for Global Studies (CGS) is central to UW’s drive to promote internationalization, scholarship, and community impact. With greater exposure to international issues students are better prepared for success in the complex global economy. CGS was formally launched in March 2014 following the two-year American Council on Education Internationalization Lab self-study, which prioritized international faculty development as a top priority in university planning. Since then, CGS has grown into an interdisciplinary research center known for its support of faculty and student international research projects, involving academic units from across campus and for innovative programming on campus and across the state.  The Center’s interdisciplinary, collaborative research approach and commitment to statewide engagement provides a model by which to build leadership, excellence, and depth in problem-oriented scholarship and creative activity that serves people in our communities, our state, the nation, and the world. 

CGS Vision

Bringing the world to Wyoming and Wyoming to the world by fostering internationally oriented, interdisciplinary studies through research, in-depth learning, and community service.

CGS Mission

The Center for Global Studies brings a world of possibilities to UW and Wyoming. Focusing on evolving international challenges and their implications, whether across the globe or across the state, CGS supports students and faculty across all colleges and schools. By providing access to funding and expertise, the Center cultivates a collaborative learning community, which serves as a clearinghouse to enhance international competencies to prepare Wyoming students, communities, and businesses, to compete, engage, and succeed in the global economy. We will share what we have learned with outreach to communities throughout Wyoming.

Performance Indicators

Baseline 2017

1 year

2-3 years

3-5 years

Number of faculty research grants and collaborative projects supported

8/year

Same

Increase by 25% (10/year)

Increase by 50% (12/year)

Monetary value of research grants awarded

$32,000 (up to $5,000/grant)

Same

Increase by 50% ($48,000, up to $5,000/grant)

Increase by 100% ($64,000, up to $6,000/grant)

On-campus faculty forums to share research outcomes

2/year

2/year

3/year

4/year

Conference papers and publications/exhibitions resulting from faculty research projects

14 papers/10 publications and exhibitions

Same

18/12

20/14

Promoting international research workshop series

Develop plan

Establish pilot program

1 workshop

Same

UW Goal 2) Inspiring Students:  Inspire students to pursue a productive, engaged, and fulfilling life, and prepare them to succeed in a sustainable global economy.

Our mission supports the achievement of the following UW objectives:

  • Enhance our relationship with Wyoming and regional high schools through visits and pre-college summer and academic opportunities on campus
  • Provide high-impact learning experiences in research, creative activities, internationalization, internships, entrepreneurship, leadership and community service
  • Expand and grow quality of undergraduate and graduate scholarly experiences

CGS Objective 2:  Facilitate student participation in international research and provide mentoring for communication of research outcomes.

International research opportunities and internships engage our students in high quality scholarly experiences that support the development of well-rounded creative thinkers who are better prepared to engage with complex challenges. Our grants and associated mentorship help students to develop the skills required to succeed in a competitive world.

Performance Indicators

Baseline 2017

1 year

2-3 years

3-5 years

Number of student research/internship grants awarded

20/year

Same

Increase by 25% (25/year)

Increase by 50% (30/year)

Monetary value of research/internship grants awarded

$40,000

Same

Increase by 25% ($50,000)

Increase by 50% ($60,000)

Mentorship workshops for student international projects and sharing of research outcomes

1

2

2

4

Conference papers, exhibitions or publications resulting from student research grants; competitive national fellowships/scholarships awarded (e.g., Fulbright awards)

9 papers/3 fellowships

Same

12 papers, exhibitions, and/or publications/4 fellowships

15 papers, exhibitions, and/or publications/5 fellowships

UW Goal 3) Impacting Communities: Improve and enhance the health and well-being of our communities and environments through outreach programs and in collaboration with our constituents and partners.

The CGS mission supports the achievement of the following UW objectives:

  • Bring outreach, educational and cultural opportunities to the state
  • Engage in a variety of strategies to establish contact with a greater number of alumni
  • Establish an Office of Engagement and Outreach
  • Engage alumni in student recruitment and mentoring

CGS Objective 3:  Engage the campus and statewide constituents with sponsored speakers on topics of international relevance.

Bringing speakers that provide diverse perspectives on global issues is critical to improving the knowledge base of our communities and to promote future partnerships. Sponsored speakers encourage our constituents to become proactive in the global community, build relationships, and also showcase what UW has to offer to the world.

CGS Objective 4:  Foster research that builds collaboration inside and outside UW by connecting the campus community, the state, our nation and the rest of the world.

We serve as a hub to build interdisciplinary, collaborative, and globally-relevant research. Our visibility in the international community is elevated through research projects that address contemporary challenges. Through working together with all colleges, schools and departments, we enhance interdisciplinary learning on campus. We will work closely and cooperatively with UW units that share our vision of a greater international presence. We will continue to build partnerships with Wyoming communities to support learning throughout the State of Wyoming. By acting as a clearinghouse for international research we will collaborate closely with the Office of Research and Economic Development, Office of Global Engagement, and the Office of Engagement and Outreach. 

Performance Indicators

Baseline 2017

1 year

2-3 years

3-5 years

Sponsored keynote events led by CGS

4

Same

Same

Same

Seminar series and roundtable events

4

4

Increase by 50% (6 events)

Same (6 events)

Annual statewide sponsored speaker series led by CGS

15

Same

Same

Same

Build alumni, corporate, community and professional networks

Beginning

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Build professional partnerships with research centers, institutes, NGOs, agencies, around the US and the globe

Beginning

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Build interdisciplinary research groups across colleges

Identify areas of focus

1

1

2

Establish clearinghouse of international expertise in collaboration with campus partners

Develop plan

Collect information on international projects

Update annually

Update annually

UW Goal 4) A High Performing University. Assure the long-term strength and stability of the University by preserving, caring for and developing human, intellectual, financial, structural, and marketing resources.

The CGS mission supports the achievement of the following UW objectives:

  • Increase the number of endowed faculty positions, including new types such as distinguished professorships, or state engagement professorships.
  • Effectively communicate UW’s opportunities to prospective students, regional partners, national and global partners
  • Launch a substantial and strategic major capital campaign
  • Create and implement metric-based strategic plans for all university units

CGS Objective 5:   Invest in faculty development and increase access to funding opportunities while building campus collaborations and access to external networks.

As part of wider UW initiatives, we will be at the forefront of efforts to build human capital, enhance faculty development, and increase collaborative research opportunities.  Developing partnerships, creating external networks, and increasing the number of visiting fellows and excellence chairs enhances the mission of UW.  We will work to strengthen our communication and marketing effectiveness to “tell our story” and increase available financial resources through external fundraising, grant writing, and partnerships.

Performance Indicators

Baseline 2017

1 year

2-3 years

3-5 years

Implement strategic marketing campaign

Begin planning process

Establish marketing campaign

Ongoing

Ongoing

Strategic plan to move friendraising events to fundraising proposals

2 proposals/year

2-4 proposals/year

2-4 proposals/year

2-5 proposals/year

Growth in center/partner endowments and expendable income fundraising

$600,000 endowment/$80,000 expendable funds

Ongoing

Ongoing

Build endowment to provide sustainable funding at 2017 programming levels ($5 million)

Deployment and full utilization of social media as integral part of communication strategy

Underway

Ongoing

Ongoing

Ongoing

Visiting fellow/visiting faculty/post doc positions; Excellence Chair

1

1

2

2

CGS Strategic Plan Development Process

The CGS strategic planning process began in April 2017 through a collaborative effort by the Director and Associate Director with input from the internal faculty advisory committee, faculty fellows funded by the Center, and the external advisory board.  Based on those comments, and final publication of Breaking Through 2017-2022: A Strategic Plan for the University of Wyoming, a second draft plan was completed in October 2017 for comment by the faculty advisory committee and faculty fellows.  The plan was reviewed and approved by the external advisory board in November 2017. The final draft was completed in December 2017.

 To download a PDF copy of the cgs strategic plan click here


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