Number of Participants Attending Extension Programs

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Objective 2.
Obtain additional support, dedicate additional funds to important specific needs.

Action: Maintain excellent facilities including information transfer and technology. Increase classroom space for CFR courses. Ensure excellence in computer and other technological teaching laboratories.

  1. Acquire funds from non-traditional sources such as endowments, gifts, and revenue from the J.W. Starr Memorial Forest for maintenance of buildings, grounds, and equipment.
  2. Seek adequate built-ins.
  3. Identify and coordinate priorities with Buildings and Grounds Committee.
  4. Assemble information from departments to maintain a rolling five-year facilities and equipment plan.
  5. Report annually the investments made toward upgrading and maintaining laboratories and other related college facilities.
  6. Identify and explore funding sources.
  7. Maintain a list of maintenance needs, priorities, and schedules on the intranet.
  8. Install multi-media podia and other computer-based technology to facilitate lectures and labs in CFR class- and seminar rooms.
  9. Establish a CFR Task Force to prioritize classrooms for receipt of technology and determine reasonable technology for each candidate classroom by 2010.

Action: Maintain appropriate flexible funding for support services pertinent to college operations.

  1. Provide electronic media access support.
  2. Provide support for equipment and facilities.
  3. Acquire support for research associates, graduate research assistantships, and secretarial and technician support.
  4. Provide support for equipment, facilities, laboratory maintenance and animal use and care.
  5. Seek to provide travel support for faculty and staff for gratis service to constituents.

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Objective 3.
Achieve undergraduate and graduate student enrollments consistent with college and MSU goals, fiscal resources, and societal needs for professionals in forestry; forest products; and wildlife, fisheries, and aquaculture.

Action: Sustain annual CFR and WFA Natural Resources Youth Summer Camps.

  1. Publicize these camps through various media
  2. Involve CFR departments, faculty, and students as instructors.
  3. Evaluate camps annually to enhance and update.
  4. Determine number of CFR students who matriculated wholly or partially as a result of these camps.

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Objective 4.
Maintain appropriate accreditation of undergraduate academic programs and continuously improve programmatic effectiveness, relevance, and quality.

Action: Use J.W. Starr Memorial Forest and other college properties appropriately for teaching and demonstration.

  1. Encourage CFR faculty and the Forest Manager to establish new research, management, and demonstration sites on the forest.
  2. Coordinate course field laboratories with forest operations personnel.
  3. Identify potential areas on the forest for establishment of upland and wetland management sites.
  4. Integrate use of the forest for teaching, research, and service activities with the forest management plan.
  5. Develop mechanism for selecting research and demonstration areas and protecting on-going areas.

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Objective 5.
Continuously improve the effectiveness, relevance, and quality of programs.

Action: Maintain a system for identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating priorities for FWRC research consistent with the FWRC mission. In this process, ensure appropriate involvement of faculty and staff, and ensure an appropriate balance between basic and applied research. Ensure that technology transfer needs are considered.

  1. Maintain departmental-level plans for identifying, developing, implementing, and evaluating priorities for departmental research consistent with the FWRC mission. The system should result in departmental research plans which should be communicated to the Administrative Council and to stakeholder groups.
  2. Maintain the relevance of research through planning that includes needs assessments using external input from advisory committees and from other relevant external sources.
  3. Develop a mechanism to obtain Center-level guidance from constituents and collaborators, including input from Extension system, on research issues, needs, and priorities.

Action: Maintain effective partnerships and other collaboration with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Division of Academic Outreach and Continuing Education, other units on campus, industry, state and federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, and international entities.

  1. Ensure that programs attract and fulfill continuing education needs of CFR alumni and other constituents.

Action: Maintain the relevance, focus, and quality of extension/outreach activities through faculty and staff input, through external input from the advisory committees of CFR departments, through evaluations completed by extension/outreach participants, and other means, including where appropriate the MSU-ES Priority Planning Group process.

  1. Establish a plan at departmental levels for developing, implementing, and evaluating faculty and departmental priorities for extension/outreach consistent with the CFR mission by July 1, 2010.
  2. Develop College/Center-wide plan that integrates departmental priorities by July 1, 2010.
  3. Maintain the relevance of extension/outreach through planning that includes needs assessments using external input from advisory committees and from other relevant external sources.
  4. Develop a mechanism to obtain College/Center-level guidance from constituents on extension/outreach issues, needs, and priorities by July 1, 2010.

Action: Support efforts to establish a full conference facility for the University. Meanwhile, utilize existing on-campus facilities appropriately.

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Objective 6.
Increase the visibility of the research, teaching, and extension programs.

Action: Publicize student and faculty activities and accomplishments. Encourage high-visibility activities. Publicize technology transfer, technical assistance, and continuing education activities and accomplishments. Awareness should be addressed on campus, within the state and region, and nationally and internationally where appropriate. Use electronic media as well as other media effectively in this process.

  1. Publish a college-level annual report and periodic newsletters comparable to the FWRC annual report.
  2. Publicize faculty and staff receiving awards through brochures, the CFR web site, and other appropriate media.
  3. Continue the Dean’s Notes for internal use.

Action: Communicate and distribute results from appropriate FWRC research on forests, forest products, wildlife and fisheries to the state of Mississippi and its constituents.

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Objective 7.
Develop and maintain operating procedures, administrative structure and processes that promote excellence.

Action: Recognize excellence with an annual award in research and service. Recognize and reward excellence in technology transfer, educational and technical assistance activities; planning and contributions to continuing education programs; service to scientific and professional organizations and other constituent groups; and service within the University, the College/Center, and within departments.

  1. Assess nomination and selection process and revise accordingly on a continuing basis.
  2. Publicize award winners.
  3. Identify and implement additional means to encourage and recognize excellence.
    • Nominate faculty, staff, graduate students and others as appropriate for internal and external awards.
    • Seek to monetarily compensate faculty who garner extraordinary achievement awards that do not automatically reward recipients.

Action: Communicate and facilitate research and continuing education efforts across disciplines, departments, colleges, universities, and research centers/institutes.

  1. Associate Director shall communicate to scientists planned and ongoing research. Opportunities for future collaborative research also shall be communicated.
  2. Initiate and require a center-wide assembly for all FWRC scientists, research staff, and graduate students. Explore the purpose, priorities, and inter-relationships of the three departments with regards to research.
  3. Encourage interdepartmental research and provide incentives for enablement.

Action: MSU Extension Service should maintain and support sufficient personnel in forestry, wildlife and fisheries, and forest products.