Academic Master Plan
Achieving Strategic Academic Innovation
The Academic Master Plan (AMP) process has been focused on identifying and articulating the distinctive knowledge and skills that Colorado State University students will need in the future, and projecting areas of academic growth for our programs, research, and engagement activities over the next 5-10 years.
Through the AMP Advisory Committee, Planning Team, and broad engagement with representatives from colleges, departments, centers and institutes, we have been working since Summer 2021 to identify campus-wide themes and strategies for Colorado State University’s academic innovation. This includes assessing how the results of research, engagement and scholarship can prepare students for impactful careers across all disciplines, helping to solve society’s greatest challenges and advancing the well-being of the human community.
The final CST plan, Courageous Strategic Transformation: The Colorado State University 2022-2026 Strategic Plan, was shared with the campus community in March 2022. It lays the groundwork for carrying CSU forward to build on the future of our institution, students, community, and planet. AMP aligns with that roadmap and represents a major component of CST implementation.
Contact the AMP Planning Team:
If you have ideas, questions, or feedback about CSU’s Academic Master Plan, please click here: contact the AMP Planning Team. The official May 18, 2022, deadline has passed for providing feedback that will be considered for the drafting phase, but we will continue to review and archive feedback submitted.
AMP CURRENT WORK
We have entered the final drafting phase of CSU’s Academic Master Planning process! Provost Mary Pedersen sent out an AMP Update to Campus on May 12, 2022.
More information will be shared with the campus community as available, as implementation gets underway.
Two SOURCE stories were published (April 11, 2022) providing information about the AMP process and outcomes:
- Academic Master Plan: Shaping CSU”s academic enterprise for the future
- Academic Master Plan distinguishes CSU as leader in higher ed
On behalf of the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President, the Planning Team and Advisory Committee, we thank the campus community for their participation and input in this year-long process. The process has been led by Dr. Linda Nagel, AMP Advisory Committee Chair, and Dr. Linda Dalton, a national expert in leading institutions of higher education through strategic and academic master planning processes.
As a part of the AMP work, the Provost established a lead Planning Committee (small group planning and facilitating the entire process) and an Advisory Committee with broad representation from across the entire University. These groups met regularly during the 2021-2022 academic year to guide the AMP process.
Phases & Timeline
Where we are now in the AMP process
- Present interim reports for review by campus community
- Refine as draft Academic Master Plan for Achieving Strategic Academic Innovation
- Establish measurable goals and targets for academic programs, research and engagement
Emerging Trends & Themes
Phase Two of Colorado State University’s Academic Master Plan (AMP) focused on demographic trends and opportunities for education, research, creative artistry, and community engagement at a forum on February 11, 2022. The four topics below, which emerged from discussions in this forum, underscore the importance of reciprocal relationships supporting education, research, creative artistry, and community engagement to the future of CSU. More Details can be found below in the AMP Phase Two Report.
- CSU’s Value Propositions
- Demographics & Education
- Institutional Strategies for Change
- Research, Creative Artistry, Community Engagement & Education
February forum discussions highlighted important attributes of interdisciplinarity, collaboration, and the seven AMP themes below (originally identified during Phase One) were developed further.
Please note: Themes are listed alphabetically and are not ordered to indicate prioritization:
- Arts & Culture
- Data Analytics
- Inclusive Excellence
- One Health
- Public Discourse & Democratic Institutions
- Sustainability & Community Resilience
- Technological Innovation
Resources, Templates & Planning Documents
Phases Two and Three
- Spring Fora Slide Presentation – April 19-20, 2022
- Phase Two Report
- February 11 Forum Slide Presentation
- AMP Phase One Report on Academic Direction with Executive Summary
- Appendix A – AMP Phase One Report – Phase One Template
- Phase Two Briefing on Demographics
- Program Demographics for AMP (Spreadsheet for Forum Participants)
- Accenture (2021). Serving all students: A survey of US learner mindsets from age 16 to 65+. Accenture Research Report, October.
- Harvey, BC (2021), ‘Teetering on the Demographic Cliff: Prepare Now for the Challenging Times Ahead.’ Society for College and University Planning or SCUP.org.
- Moldoveanu, M (2020), ‘A Post-COVID Higher Ed: Which Programs Will Thrive, Which Won’t and Why.’ Harvard University Perspectives.
- Heick, T (2021), ’14 Examples of Innovation in Higher Education.’ TeachThought.com.
- Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities, Building a Future Workforce for All Learners: How Public and Land-grant Universities and Urban Serving Universities Drive Innovative Solutions
- AMP Phase One Report on Academic Direction
- October 14 and 26 Fora Slide Presentation
- Provost’s Fall Forum Slide Presentation
- Academic Direction Template for Planning
- Academic Direction Template – Example
- Academic Direction – Preparation for Fall Forum
About Academic Master Planning
- Society for College and University Planning or SCUP.org, “What is academic planning?”
- Society for College and University Planning or SCUP.org, Robert Brodnick and Donald Norris (2016), “Integrated Planning as an Institutional Manifestation,” Republished from 44:2, Planning for Higher Education Journal.
- CSU Student Learning Outcome Statements: https://www.ir.colostate.edu/data-reports/assessment-of-student-learning/learning-statements/; CSU has clearly stated general education, disciplinary specific and co-curricular student learning outcomes (SLOs) that support one or more of our Institutional Learning Objectives (ILOs). Learning outcomes are reviewed regularly to ensure they are clearly stated and appropriate.
- Document with various links for: Mining Information about your CSU Program, Colorado demographics/workforce, national high school and other data.
- Winston, AS (2019), ‘The World in 2030: Nine Megatrends to Watch,’ MIT Sloan Review.
- Wagner, CG (2011), ’70 Jobs for 2030: Emerging Careers and How to Create Them.‘ World Future Society.
- Brown, R (2021), ‘Top 10 Jobs of the Future – For 2030 and Beyond.‘ World Economic Forum.
Future of Higher Education
- Laitinen, A (2012), ‘Cracking the Credit Hour‘ (moving from seat time to learning; thinking differently about awarding credits for learning). New America Foundation and Education Sector.
- Levine, A & Van Pelt, S (2021), ‘5 Ways Higher Ed Will Be Upended: Colleges will lose power, prices will go down, and credentials will multiply – among other jarring shifts.‘ The Chronicle of Higher Education.
- The Post-Pandemic College and the Future of the Academic Enterprise, Teaching and Learning … Business Models, community Colleges; 2020, 60-page brief, The Chronicle of Higher Education (report for purchase).
- The Right Mix of Academic Programs: Making decisions to add, cut, grow, or shrink departments and degrees; 2019, 36-page brief, The Chronicle of Higher Education (report for purchase).
- The Future of Teaching: How the classroom is being transformed; 2021, 62-page brief, The Chronicle of Higher Education (report for purchase)
AMP Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee’s role has been to listen and learn from AMP participant workshops and meetings, and then help to develop an innovative strategic report on the academic direction for CSU into the future.
- Jennifer Aberle, Associate Dean, College of Health & Human Sciences
- Brandon Bernier, Vice President for Information Technology
- Amy Charkowski, Professor & Department Head, Bioagricultural Sciences & Pest Management
- Kauline Cipriani, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
- Dierdre Cook, Principal, Poudre School District
- David Dandy, Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering
- Nancy Deller, Interim Associate Vice President, University MarComm
- Catherine DiCesare, Associate Professor, Art & Art History
- Sue Doe, Professor (English) and Faculty Council Chair
- Jody Donovan, Dean of Students
- Andrea Duffy, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President
- Sam Halabi, Senior Associate Vice President for Health Policy & Ethics
- Roze Hentschell, Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
- Chad Hoseth, Assistant Vice Provost for International Affairs
- Meggan Houlihan, Assistant Professor, Libraries
- Sue James, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs (Ex Officio Member)
- Kelly Long, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs (Ex Officio Member)
- Brandon Lowry, Student, Biomedical Sciences and ASCSU Director of Academics
- Linda Nagel, Advisory Committee Chair, Professor & Department Head, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship
- Shrideep Pallickara, Professor, Computer Science
- Sandra Quackenbush, Associate Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
- Monique Rocca, Associate Dean, Warner College of Natural Resources
- Lindsey Shirley, Assistant Vice President, CSU Extension
- Beth Walker, Dean, College of Business
- Lindsay Winkenbach, Ph.D. Candidate, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/College of Natural Sciences; Co-President, Graduate Student Council
AMP Planning Team
- Jenelle Beavers, Vice President for Strategy
- Linda Dalton, Dalton Education Associates, AMP Planning Consultant
- Andrea Duffy, Assistant Vice Provost
- Kathy DuQuoin, Executive Assistant, Office of the Provost & Executive Vice President
- Pam Jackson, Associate Vice Provost for Communications
- Laura Jensen, Vice Provost for Planning & Effectiveness
- Linda Nagel, Planning Team Chair, Professor & Department Head, Forest & Rangeland Stewardship