Strategic Plan

What's the big idea?

Update on the Process

Discovery Findings and Strategic Goal Development

On March 13th CAFNR leadership, including Dean Daubert, the division directors, and the Guiding Coalition, convened for an all-day strategic planning workshop. During this workshop, our planning partners, PulsePoint Group, shared findings from research conducted in Phase 1: Discovery and Analysis and led the group in a strategic goal development exercise. The research findings presented were focused in four major areas:

  • Future trends facing higher education and the agriculture, food and natural resource industries
  • The digital conversation surrounding innovation in agriculture, food and natural resources
  • The mission, vision and the strategic plans of regional and national peer colleges
  • CAFNR-related findings from Phase 1 stakeholder focus groups and interviews

These research findings provided context for the environment CAFNR will operate in during the scope of this strategic plan (2019 – 2026), gave insight into CAFNR’s current state, and illuminated potential areas of distinction, research opportunities and increased competition.

Equipped with potential goals for CAFNR that distilled the ideas of the research findings, the participants then broke into small groups to draft goals along important key areas of emphasis. These areas will direct CAFNR toward becoming distinctive and a leader amongst its peers. The draft goals focused in on nine key areas:

  • Leadership
  • Students
  • Faculty and Staff
  • Extension
  • Collaboration
  • Big Ideas
  • Global
  • Diversity
  • Operations

The next step in the process is to refine the draft goals and build them into a survey that will be distributed to current students, faculty, staff, alumni, and key industry partners. The survey will mark the beginning of Phase 2 and will help determine not only which goals to include, but also how we can improve the goals to better make CAFNR distinctive and most beneficial to all of its key stakeholders: students, faculty, staff, alumni, its partners and the citizens of Missouri.