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The goal of the strategic postioning plan is to move the University into the top three public research universities in the world within the next decade.

President Bruininks releases next step for the future of the U

Strategic positioning goes forward

Published on May 6, 2005

University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks released a plan today that will realign academic programs, implement cost-saving administrative reforms, and enhance diversity, writing, and international programs at the University.

The plan, which Bruininks will present to the Board of Regents next week, will also reduce the number of Twin Cities campus colleges by three through merging academic programs.

"This plan will be the cornerstone for a stronger, more competitive University of Minnesota," Bruininks says. "In today's world, standing still means falling behind. Financial, demographic, and global challenges will overwhelm us if we don't reduce costs, play to our strengths, and rise above the higher-education crowd as the destination of choice for the best faculty and students."

Bruininks will request Board of Regents approval for changes in the following academic areas:

Bruininks's plan also calls for significant improvements in administrative operations and in the student experience, as well as shifts in the culture of the faculty. A series of task forces will begin immediately to implement efforts to:

In late March, Bruininks received the recommendations of two task forces that were charged with identifying academic and administrative reforms. Over the past month, Bruininks has been consulting with students, faculty, and the University community to get input in forming the recommendations announced today.

"Whether it's the University Senate, the deans of our colleges, the leading editorial pages, or community leaders, I'm gratified and encouraged with the level of support this strategic positioning effort is receiving," Bruininks says. "No change comes to an organization as large and diverse as ours without some opposition, but I know the Board of Regents shares a vision for a stronger University--and I look forward to presenting it to them next week."

Bruininks will formally present his recommendations to the Board of Regents on Friday, May 13. The action items are scheduled for a board vote at the June 9-10 meeting. The full text of Bruininks's recommendations can be found on the Strategic Positioning Process Web site.

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