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					                              THE COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS
                                  Oregon State University
                                       July 1, 2004

                                      STRATEGIC PLAN


Central to the mission of Oregon State University, the College of Liberal Arts has a long
tradition of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education. With over 200 faculty
members in thirteen departments and in related interdisciplinary degree and certificate
programs, the College enrolls over 3,000 majors and produces 25% of the University’s student
credit hours.

The College includes the Departments of Anthropology, Art, Economics, English, Ethnic
Studies, Foreign Languages and Literatures, History, Music, Philosophy, Political Science,
Psychology, Sociology and Speech Communication. Interdisciplinary undergraduate degree
programs include American Studies, Liberal Studies and New Media Communications.
Certificate programs are offered In Women Studies, Latin American Affairs, Peace Studies and
Russian Studies. An undergraduate discipline-based concurrent degree in International Studies
is also available. The College supports the Corvallis-OSU Symphony, the University Theatre,
the OSU Marching Band, the Visiting Writers Series and numerous performing arts groups and
several art galleries. The Liberal Studies degree is offered on campus, on the OSU Cascades
campus in Bend, and in several other sites via interactive television and on-line classes.

CLA offers master’s degrees in Public Policy Administration, Applied Ethics, Creative Writing,
Applied Anthropology, Economics, English, Hispanic Studies and History of Science, Ph.D.s in
Applied Anthropology, Economics and History of Science, and all departments participate in
the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies degree.

In addition, the College has major responsibility for teaching significant portions of the
University’s Baccalaureate Core. Of the 300+ Baccalaureate Core courses, 70% are taught in
CLA. Almost all lower division courses in the College satisfy University, college and/or
Professional school requirements. Over half of all students enrolled in the College of Liberal
Arts Courses are non-majors completing requirements for other OSU academic units.

The College is one of the major contributors to the OSU commitment to enhance diversity
among students, faculty, staff, and in the curriculum. In addition, the College strongly
encourages and supports international and global perspectives in CLA programs and


The College of Liberal Arts strongly endorses the vision and mission of Oregon State University
to serve the people of Oregon as one of America’s top ten land grant universities and to
contribute to the civic, economic and social foundations of society.
Above all, CLA will maintain commitments to ensure excellence in teaching, scholarship,
creative activities, outreach and service and to protect academic freedom and program integrity
in the liberal arts disciplines.

In addition, the College of Liberal Arts endorses the OSU core values of accountability,
diversity, integrity, respect and social responsibility.

The primary mission of CLA is to provide students with the highest quality programs of study
and learning experiences. In providing these, the College endeavors to make optimum use of
faculty and staff expertise and of material resources.

   a. Undergraduate Education: The College has major responsibility for providing
      undergraduate students with an education that will prepare them for their futures as
      informed citizens and productive members of society. It is essential to teach students
      critical thinking, communication and analytical skills as well as educating students as to
      western and nonwestern cultures, social processes and institutions, literature and the
      arts, cultural diversity and global issues.

   b. Graduate Education: The College offers master’s degrees, doctoral degrees and
      participates in the University’s MAIS degree program. Graduate offerings are expanding
      in the Liberal Arts in conjunction and coordination with the University’s strategic

   c. Research, Scholarship and Creative Endeavors: Scholarship and/or creative activities
      are expected of faculty in the College and highly valued as activities that sustain and
      enhance the wisdom and skills that comprise the liberal arts. These activities also
      enhance the quality of instruction at all levels and enhance the reputation of OSU.


The College of Liberal Arts endorses and embraces the five intellectual themes at the core of the
OSU Strategic Plan. CLA will primarily focus academic resources and investments on OSU
Theme #1:

Advancing the Arts and Sciences as the foundation for scientific discovery, social and
cultural enhancement, and progress in the applied professions.

The diverse disciplines of the arts and sciences can positively and measurably strengthen
Oregon’s civic, economic and social foundations. A strong curriculum and basic inquiry in the
arts and sciences is the foundation upon which all great universities are built. This foundation is
strengthened by interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary connections with professional

CLA faculty, staff and students will also participate in selected and appropriate initiatives
across the four additional OSU themes:
   OSU Theme #2. Understanding the origin, dynamics and sustainability of the earth and its
   OSU Theme #3. Optimizing enterprise, innovation and economic development.
   OSU Theme #4. Realizing fundamental contributions in the life sciences and optimizing the
                 health and well-being of the public.
   OSU Theme #5. Managing natural resources that contribute to Oregon’s quality of life, and
                 growing and sustaining natural resources-based industries.

The College of Liberal Arts will also continue to be an active participant in support of initiatives
and programs that cut across thematic areas, including the Honors College, International
Programs, Extension, Extended Campus, the Graduate School and the Valley Library. CLA will
also continue to provide programs, faculty and expertise for the OSU Cascades Campus.


The College of Liberal Arts endorses the three OSU goals in the OSU Strategic Plan.
Specifically, CLA will:
   1. Provide outstanding academic programs that further strengthen performance and
        preeminence in the liberal arts and sciences and in other University programs.
   2. Improve the teaching and learning environment and achieve student persistence and
        success through graduation and beyond that matches the best land grant universities in
        the country
   3. Increase revenues from private fundraising, partnerships and additional sources while
        strengthening our ability to more effectively invest and allocate resources.


The time required to implement these strategies will vary depending upon budget realities and
available resources. Progress toward the goals will be measured through monitoring the
effectiveness of these strategies using metrics specific to OSU as well as metrics used by our
peer institutions.

Goal 1: Provide outstanding academic programs that further strengthen performance in the
liberal arts and sciences and in other University programs.

    a. Develop and/or support the University development of at least three major integrative
       initiatives for the liberal arts and sciences in conjunction with other OSU colleges and
    b. Maintain and increase the high quality of significant scholarship and creative activities
       in the liberal arts.
    c. Reexamine the curriculum in graduate and undergraduate programs and the
       Baccalaureate Core offerings in CLA, and if changes are necessary, realign them more
       closely with the OSU strategic Plan.
   d. Build and sustain faculty strength in the liberal arts in alignment with the OSU Strategic
Goal 2: Improve the teaching and learning environment and achieve student persistence and
success through graduation and beyond that matches the best land grant universities in the

    a. Continue to provide training, resources and support to enhance teaching and learning.
    b. Continue to promote and support student-faculty interaction in a wide range of
       educational contexts.
    c. Promote and support junior faculty/senior faculty interaction that enhances mentoring
       experiences for new and junior faculty and provides equal opportunities for promotion
       and tenure for women and people of color.
    d. Continue to create and implement curricular approaches that promote course access and
       timely progress toward graduation.

Goal 3: Increase revenues from private fundraising, partnerships and additional sources.

    a. Refine and develop capital campaign priorities for the College of Liberal Arts in
        conjunction with the OSU Strategic Plan.
    b. Work with the College of Science to explore feasibility of further reducing
        administrative costs through shared personnel, space, programs and resources.
    c. Explore new possibilities for additional departmental funding through increased
        participation in summer session and distance learning.
    d. Develop a model for a College fee charge for all Arts and Sciences majors similar to
        those in the College of Engineering at OSU and the College of Arts and Sciences at the
        University of Oregon.


Goal 1: Provide outstanding academic programs
Success will be measured through the ability to attract diverse, high quality faculty and
students, scholarly impact and creative endeavors, impact on culture and society, and
comparison to arts and sciences programs in peer institutions. Metrics for Goal 1 will include:
   a. Faculty recognition and awards
   b. % of women faculty and % of faculty of color
   c. % of US minority students and % international students
   d. Entering student profiles, undergraduate and graduate (GPA/SAT and GRE scores)
   e. Social, economic and cultural impact on campus, in the community and in Oregon,
       including exhibits, performances, colloquia, workshops and presentations
   f. Scholarly/creative output and quality, including publications, citations, exhibits,
       performances and grants
Goal 2: Improve the teaching and learning environment
Success will be measured by improvements/innovations in the teaching and learning
environment, and student persistence and success in graduating and finding employment.
Metrics for Goal 2 will include:
   a. Student/faculty ratio
   b. % of students satisfied with educational experience
   c. % of students participating in internships, service learning, undergraduate
       scholarship/creative endeavors, international/study abroad experiences
   d. Freshman year retention rate
   e. Six-year graduation rate
   f. Degrees awarded by gender and ethnicity
   g. % of students employed one year following graduation
   h. Student recognition in national competition and academic societies

OSU Goal 3: Substantially increase revenues
Success will be measured by ability to raise external funding and to match peers in
administrative efficiency. Metrics for Goal 3 will include:
   a. Private giving revenues
   b. Administrative costs as % of total budget as compared with peers

1. Alignment of CLA college and department/program strategic plans with the University
   Strategic Plan.
2. Preparing and submitting proposals for funding that will advance strategic intent.
3. Making decisions regarding strategic investments for AY05 and beyond
4. College and department/program leadership making the decisions necessary to implement
   the OSU Strategic Plan and the College and unit plans.

GOAL 1: Providing outstanding academic programs

OSU Initiatives for Goal 1 most relevant to CLA strategic planning: 1, 2, 11, 12, 15

1. Proposals for new integrative programs that advance excellence in the thematic areas

              Accountability                                   Next Steps
Dean                                           Appoint task forces to work on initiatives
Teams                                          Develop and submit proposals by due
Provost                                        Approve 10 pre-proposals for full
Teams                                          Submit full proposals in October, 2004
2. Review academic programs to determine critical mass of tenure track faculty needed to
   provide breadth and depth of quality in each program and to protect academic freedom and
   program integrity

              Accountability                                 Next Steps
Dean                                           Charge to Department Chairs/Program
Chairs/Directors                               Department/Program Reports to Dean

11. Enhance collaboration and coordination among all relevant units to develop and deliver arts
and science programs that increase opportunities for student learning and scholarship/creative

              Accountability                                  Next Steps
Provost                                        Designate and charge team
Deans of Liberal Arts and Sciences             Implementation

12. By July 1, 2004, The College of Liberal Arts and department/program units will align with
    the University Strategic Plan.

              Accountability                                  Next Steps
Dean                                           Charge to Chairs and Directors
Chairs and Directors                           Develop and update unit plans

15. Build and sustain faculty strength in thematic areas over the next three to five years

              Accountability                                  Next Steps
Provost                                        Process to campus community
Vice Provost for Academic Aff. and Dean        Search Authorizations

GOAL 2: Provide an excellent teaching and learning environment

OSU Initiatives for Goal 2 most relevant to CLA strategic planning: 1, 2, 4, 5

1. Establish an Academic Success Center and Center for Teaching and Learning

              Accountability                                  Next Steps
Vice Provost for Academic Affairs              Hire Directors
CLA Dean, Chairs and Directors                 Provide support to Center Directors

2. Develop an enrollment management plan

              Accountability                                   Next Steps
Asst Provost for Enrollment, Dir of            Develop Plan and present to Provost and
Budgets, Deans other committee members.        the Provost’s Council
Dean of CLA Co-chairs Task Force
 4. Develop an educational assessment framework

               Accountability                                  Next Steps
 Vice Provost for Academic Affairs             Pilot program in selected programs
 Dean                                          Charge Chairs and Directors to develop
                                               and update plans
 Chairs and Directors                          Unit assessment plans to Dean and to
                                               Academic Affairs
 Dean approves plan                            Chairs/Directors Implement Plans

 5. Offer 20-30 most-enrolled Bacc courses on line

             Accountability                                    Next Steps
 Dean Extended Campus                          Work with CLA Dean/Chairs/Directors to
                                               develop on-line courses

 GOAL 3: Substantially increase revenues

 OSU Initiatives for Goal 3 most relevant to CLA strategic planning: 1, 2

 1. University-wide Capital Campaign to support the thematic areas

               Accountability                                    Next Steps
 President, Provost, Deans, Foundation         Fill crucial leadership positions
 Alumni Association
 Dean                                          Work with College leadership and
                                               Development Officer to establish CLA
                                               Campaign goals

2. Reduce administrative costs

              Accountability                                   Next Steps
 VP for Finance & Administration               Develop plan

 Dean                                          Work with Chairs/Directors to implement

The College and unit plans all endorse the OSU vision and mission and the themes and goals in
the OSU Strategic Plan. The CLA Plan provides an encompassing umbrella plan and specifies
common themes, goals, initiatives, metrics and an implementation plan for the College as a
whole. In addition, all sixteen CLA units have developed plans unique to their specific
department/program goals.

In addition to working together within the College to strategically plan for the future, CLA
departments and programs are connected throughout the University and the state of Oregon as
integral parts of OSU themes and initiatives.


Advancing the Arts and Sciences
  The Colleges of Liberal Arts and Science are continuing their collaborative efforts and
  initiatives related to OSU Theme #1 and are continuing to explore ways to work together
  administratively and in their teaching, research and service missions. CLA faculty are also
  involved in teams working to support all four of the other OSU Themes.

Pre-Proposals for Initiatives to Support the OSU Strategic Plan
   CLA faculty and staff participated as members of many of the 39 teams proposing initiatives
   to support the OSU Plan. Of the 10 teams selected to present full proposals, CLA is a full
   partner with Ag Science, Forestry and Science on the Building Sustainable Rural
   Communities Initiative. In addition, CLA faculty are participating on teams for at least four
   of the other ten initiatives.

Oregon Indian Tribes/Native American Initiatives
   Several departments in CLA have prominent roles in initiatives to strengthen relationships
   between OSU and Oregon Indian Tribes. The Departments of Anthropology, Ethnic Studies
   and Foreign Languages and Literatures are intrinsically involved, along with the OSU
   Indian Education Office, the School of Education and the Valley Library, in Native
   American language preservation initiatives, and with the Graduate School, NAMS and the
   Longhouse, to enhance Native American student retention and recruitment. In addition, the
   Director of the new OSU program working with the Consolidated Tribes of Oregon is a
   faculty member in Ethnic Studies.

   The College of Liberal Arts is also a member of the team of Arts and Sciences colleges from
   WSU, U Alaska, Montana State, and U Idaho working together to obtain federal funding for
   programs for the Plateau Tribes.

International/Global Initiatives
    International, global and cross-cultural initiatives are part of an increasingly interconnected
    world. Several CLA departments are working closely with the OSU Office of International
    Education to increase the retention and recruitment of international students, and to
    increase OSU student participation in Study Abroad Programs. Faculty from the
    Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures serve as Directors of exchange programs
   in several countries, and faculty from the Political Science and Anthropology Departments,
   as well as faculty from several other CLA departments, are working with the Fulbright
   Fellowship Program and the World Bank to facilitate collaborative international teaching
   and research initiatives.

Natural Resources—Environmental Sciences—Water Resources
   CLA is partnering with the Colleges of Forestry, Ag Sciences and Science in the OSU
   Natural Resources Program and in the OSU Environmental Sciences Program and with
   these three colleges plus Engineering in the proposed new OSU Water Resources graduate
   programs. Faculty from CLA are also on the team, with COAS, Science and CWESt, working
   on Marine Resource Management.

New Media Communications
  The CLA New Media Communications program is partnering with the colleges of COAS,
  Forestry, COE, Science, HHS and Business to make NMC a nationally ranked program and
  a magnet program at OSU.

Public Policy
   The CLA graduate program in Public Policy, which is a partnership among the Departments
   of Economics, Sociology, Political Science, is partnering with HDFS and the Department of
   Public Health in HHS on health policy initiatives and with the Department of Anthropology
   and the College of Business on community policy initiatives and programs. In addition,
   CLA faculty in Public Policy programs are working with faculty in Ag Sciences, Forestry,
   Business, Engineering, Science and HHS in interdepartmental teaching and research

Extended Campus—OSU Cascades Campus
   The CLA Liberal Studies Program is a crucial and sustaining partner for the OSU Extended
   Campus Program and for the degree programs at the OSU Cascades Campus. In addition,
   Liberal Studies works closely with OSU Department of Athletics and has recently become a
   founding partner in a new initiative with the College of Engineering in Aerospace
   Leadership. CLA is working with Extended Campus to develop on-line courses for the most
   popular Bac Core courses, and several CLA faculty from the OSU main campus are filling
   integral administrative and teaching positions at the Cascades Campus.

External Partnerships
   In the past three years, CLA has added several new innovative and timely graduate
   programs, including masters degrees in Public Policy, Creative Writing, Hispanic Studies
   and Applied Ethics as well as a PhD program in Applied Economics. In addition, the New
   Media Communications BA will be offered in Fall 04. All of these new programs represent
   consultations and collaborations with the Colleges of Arts and Sciences at the University of
   Oregon and Portland State University during pre-planning, proposal and implementation
   stages that have encouraged input and avoided confrontation and “turf wars”. In addition,
   the Deans of CLA and UO CAS confer regularly about issues that affect both universities
   and both colleges.
   Internships also connect the CLA Social Science Departments to government agencies and
   business and industry in Oregon communities. Through the Department of Political Science
   and the Public Policy program, CLA faculty and students are working with key legislators
   in Salem, and student interns from CLA Social Science departments are trainees in several
   prominent businesses/industries throughout the state and in the Northwest.

  The Departments of Music, Foreign Languages and Literatures and English all continue to
  collaborate with the New School of Education through the Master of Arts in Teaching
  Programs. In addition, all of the departments in the College participate in the Education
  Double-Degree Program, and CLA faculty teach and advise in the Pre-Elementary
  Education Program.

Additional Initiatives and Connections
  Additional initiatives in the proposal and planning stages include faculty members from the
  Philosophy Department working with the College of Engineering on the ethical and social
  implications for Biotechnology and the ONAMI programs, Graphic Design faculty members
  from the Art Department working with Engineering on the designs for robotics as well as
  several faculty members across CLA departments and programs working across several
  colleges on sustainability issues. The leadership teams of the Colleges of Engineering and
  Liberal Arts, including Deans and Department Heads, have started a collaborative process
  to foster and support continued and enhanced collaboration between the two colleges.

   CLA provides resources and faculty/staff support for continuing trans-University initiatives
   and programs such as the UGFE, DPD, WIC, the Center for Writing and Learning and the
   new Academic Success Center. CLA and Science continue to be the colleges that most
   strongly support and will ensure the viability of the forthcoming Center for Excellence in
   Teaching and Learning. The CLA Departments of Music and Art and the Theatre Program
   continue to engage and entertain OSU students, faculty and staff throughout the University,
   the community and the state and to provide continuing cultural and social enhancement
   and enrichment.