Implementation

Action Planning

With the launch of the UAlbany’s new strategic plan – Authoring Our Success – President Rodríguez has called for action plans to be developed by schools, colleges and administrative divisions to help advance our mission, vision and institutional priorities and goals.

Purpose
The strategic plan implementation committee is charged with monitoring progress made on achieving the University’s strategic plan, periodically reviewing unit-level action plans, helping inform the strategic budget allocation process, and providing advice and counsel to President Rodriguez and the University’s senior leadership on attaining institutional priorities and goals.

Strategic Planning Advisory Council

The strategic plan advisory council will monitor progress made on achieving the University’s strategic plan, periodically review unit-level action plans, help inform the strategic budget allocation process, and provide advice and counsel to President Rodriguez and the University’s senior leadership on attaining institutional priorities and goals.

The members of the Implementation Team represent institutional stakeholders including faculty, staff and students. The members include:

CO-CHAIRS
Edelgard Wulfert, Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michael Christakis, Vice President for Student Affairs

STUDENT SUCCESS
Jeanette Altarriba, Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education
Ed Engelbride, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
Laurie Garafola, Student Affairs
Linda Krzykowski, Student Engagement
Karl Rethemeyer, Rockefeller College
Noah Simon, Career and Professional Development
Kendra Smith-Howard, History
Christine Wagner, Psychology
Jon Bartow, Graduate Studies

RESEARCH EXCELLENCE
James Dias, Vice President for Research
Kevin Williams, Vice Provost for Graduate Education

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Tamra Minor, Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Edelgard Wulfert, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences

INTERNATIONALIZATION
Harvey Charles, Dean for International Education and Vice Provost for Global Strategy
Karl Rethemeyer, Dean, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs
Laurie Feldman, Psychology
Matthais Vuille, Atmospheric & Environmental Sciences
Gilbert Valverde, Educational Policy & Leadership
Hany Elgala, Electrical & Computer Engineering
John Justino, Center for Global Health
Robert Miller, Social Welfare
Eric Stern, College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity
Rey Koslowski, Political Science
Rita Biswas, Finance
William Pridemore, Dean, School of Criminal Justice
Karin Reinhold, Mathematics & Statistics
Suraj Commuri, School of Business
Thomas Begley, Biology
Carrie Wojenski, Center for International Education and Global Strategy

ENGAGEMENT AND SERVICE
Mark Benson, Director of Athletics
Sheila Seery, Vice President for Government and Community Relations
Jason Lane, Dean, School of Education
Janine Jurkowski, School of Public Health
Alfredo Medina, Public Engagement
Mary Ellen Mallia, Sustainability
Travis Wilson, Athletics
Martha Asselin, Center for Leadership & Service
Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, Government & Community Relations
Winsome Foderingham, Advancement

SHARED GOVERNANCE MEMBERS
Langie Cadesca, President, Student Association (Undergraduate Students)
Amani Edwards, President, Graduate Student Association (Graduate Student)
Zina Lawrence, Vice Chair, University Senate
Jim Mower, Chair, University Senate
Karin Reinhold, Immediate Past Chair, University Senate
Marco Varisco, UUP (University Senate)

ACADEMIC LEADERSHIP MEMBERS
Suraj Commuri, Chair, Marketing, School of Business
David Holtgrave, Dean, School of Public Health
Li Niu, Chair, Chemistry, College of Arts & Sciences
R. Karl Rethemeyer, Dean, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs

AT-LARGE MEMBERS
Tom Begley, Nanobioscience
Kim Bessette, Associate Vice President, Management and Budget
Todd Foreman, Vice President for Finance and Administration
Alejandro Gonzalez, Undergraduate Student
Robert Rosenswig, Associate Professor, Anthropology
Bruce Szelest, President’s Office
Ray Webb, Graduate Student, Educational Policy and Leadership

STAFF
James Hyde, President’s Office

 

Fiscal Year 17/18 Investments

Strategic Plan First-Year Accelerators
Grouped by priority area.

Only first-year funding is guaranteed. First year allocations should be expended by June 30, 2019.  Funds will not be rolled forward. Future funding determinations will be based on progress to date and whether the First-Year Strategic Plan Accelerator attained its stated goal(s). Progress will be reviewed at the conclusion of each academic year (in June).

Student Success

Accelerator
Spring '19 '19-'20 '20-'21
Undergraduate Research Scholarships
Funded, in part, by the University at Albany Foundation

Provide financial support for undergraduate research projects, travel and registration expenses for regional and national conferences.
$25,000 $50,000 $50,000
Great Dane Internship Scholarships
Expand experiential learning opportunities including increased access to internships.
$25,000 $50,000 $50,000
Great Dane Community Service Scholars
Funded, in part, by the University at Albany Foundation
Provide additional opportunities for community-based internships.
$20,000 $20,000 $20,000
Masters Student Scholarships
Create new funding for MA/MS students to attract higher quality graduate students and improve retention and graduation rates.
$225,000
On-line Education Program Development
Received base funding.
Assist departments from market analysis to program launch to enhance and sustain online enrollments.
$100,000 $100,000 $100,000

Research Excellence

Accelerator
Spring '19 '19-'20 '20-'21
Presidential Fellowships for Doctoral Students
Doctoral students will be funded for up to three years.
Attract high-quality doctoral students with “top off” or summer support awards, or high paying research fellowships in targeted programs to improve the quality, quantity, and efficiency of faculty research and increase external funding applications and awards.
$100,000 $200,000
Transdisciplinary Research Opportunities
Add research infrastructure capacity and launch new seed funding programs to strengthen the University’s success in competing for transdisciplinary federal research grants.
$75,000 $150,000 $75,000

Diversity & Inclusion

Accelerator
Spring '19 '19-'20 '20-'21
HBCU/HSI Visitation & UAlbany Pipeline Programs
Recruit top URM graduate students with a visitation program for prospects from HBCUs and HSIs; and graduate school application “boot camps” for UAlbany URM undergraduates.
$100,000
Campus-wide Mentoring Program for Faculty of Color
Create and implement a structured mentoring program to increase success, satisfaction, and retention of faculty of color.
$35,000

Internationalization

Accelerator
Spring '19 '19-'20 '20-'21
International Student Scholarships
Earmark scholarship funds to increase international student enrollment.
$300,000
Education Abroad Scholarships
Funded, in part, by the University at Albany Foundation

Provide need-based financial aid for UAlbany students to participate education abroad experiences.
$50,000 $50,000 $50,000

Engagement & Service

Accelerator
Spring '19 '19-'20 '20-'21
Albany Book Festival
Expand this successful regional event, which fosters a love of reading among all ages while highlighting UAlbany’s academic excellence.
$80,000
UAlbany Day/The Big Event
Develop new offerings at this full day of fun, exploration, campus tours, exhibits, hands-on activities, and more.
$70,000
The Center for Education and Social System Improvement
Establish new Center to close disparities in education and social systems in the Capital Region and beyond.
$83,000 $83,000 $83,000
TOTAL ALLOCATION $2,419,000

 

Action Items Funded by Unit Reallocations
Grouped by priority area.

Student Success

Initiative Unit Cost

Reinvigorate Business Intelligence initiative to support institutional decision-making.

Finance & Administration

$10,000

Implement electronic license plate recognition to replace parking decals.

Finance & Administration

$175,000

Open 2nd Student Success Center (in Campus Center).

Student Affairs

$30,000

Made Campus Center meeting room spaces available to student organizations at no-charge.

Student Affairs

$60,000

Support the implementation of a tobacco-free campus.

Student Affairs

$25,000

Create a Graduate School by increasing the Graduate Admission Budget to operationalize the Graduate School by supporting the hiring of a Research Analyst and Recruiter.

Academic Affairs

$217,500

Support undergraduate student research and research travel opportunities.

Academic Affairs

$30,000

Support the implementation of CURCE – Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement by establishing directorship.

Academic Affairs

$55,000

Create 3 new Living-Learning Communities and 5 new Freshman Seminars.

Academic Affairs

$29,000

Generalist Development Officer whose efforts would advance all campaign/strategic plan priorities.

Advancement

$70,000

Increased Development Officer travel which will advance all campaign/strategic plan priorities.

Advancement

$35,000

Brand and enrollment marketing initiatives which will advance all strategic plan priorities.

Advancement

$250,000

Research Excellence

Initiative Unit Cost
Create a University-wide policy library and well-understood vetting process for new and amended policies.

Finance & Administration

$35,000

Support  faculty grant development and training through workshops and faculty incentives in collaboration with Research.

Academic Affairs

$25,000

Reallocated one staff member from the Center for Functional Genomics to the Office of Faculty Research Development (to aid with grants development).

Research

$77,000

Reallocated one Director from the Center for functional Genomics to establish a novel RNA Epitranscriptomics and Proteomics Resource (REPR) to support biomedical investigators epigenetics studies and to develop a winning proposal to establish a first in nation center of excellence for characterization of RNA post-transcriptional nucleoside modifications.

Research

$187,820

Reallocating resources to the most productive units (1) Restructured and realigned research support staff (2) to enhance efficiency and the delivery of sponsored program services to productive units.

Research

$157,473

Diversity & Inclusion

Initiative Unit Cost

Develop and implement revised approaches to recruitment and retention of a racially/ethnically diverse workforce.

Finance & Administration

$60,000

Appoint diversity Provost Fellow (replacement of teaching requirement) to expand the search pools and work with ODI on training faculty of search committee consultants.

Academic Affairs

$10,000

Internationalization

Initiative Unit Cost

Purchase international SOS insurance to protect the student, faculty and the University.

Academic Affairs

$50,000

Engagement & Service

Initiative Unit Cost

Draft Sustainability Master Plan, document U-wide initiatives and set new, improved benchmarks.

Finance & Administration

$25,000

Increase number of University Police education and outreach events.

Finance & Administration

$1,000

Appoint a Public Engagement Provost Fellow (replacement of teaching requirement) to integrate a public engagement requirement into the promotion and tenure documentation process at CPCA and Department leads.

Academic Affairs

$10,000

TOTAL REALLOCATION $1,625,793