Total Scholarship Funding Available

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

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

Action: Employ and house a full-time Development Officer that seeks to increase assets.

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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: Seek funding to establish >3 endowed undergraduate scholarships (>$100K each) to recruit and retain scholars.

  1. Each department should identify important undergraduate scholarships (i.e., discipline specific [e.g., waterfowl/wetlands, forest management], leadership, academic and experiential excellences, named scholarship after faculty, alumnus, sponsor) by 2012.
  2. Departments should communicate needed scholarships by priority to the CFR Development Officer annually to stimulate fund raising.
  3. Departments and faculty should identify potential funding sources for all scholarships.
  4. Identify and pursue funding to enhance cultural diversity of student body.

Action: Increase student participation in academic, scientific, and relevant professional organizations.

  1. Establish a fund for undergraduate students to attend professional meetings that may be matched by student organizations by 2012.
  2. At the college-level, establish a competitive grants program for graduate students to attend key professional meetings and give poster and/or paper presentations by 2012.
  3. Promote oral and poster presentations by graduate students at professional meetings and encourage faculty to facilitate the process. Data will be reported by Department Heads to Metrics Manager.

Action: Provide 3 or more Ph.D. fellowships per CFR department per year.

  1. Fellowships will be advertised nationally by departments and awarded on a competitive basis among applicants.
  2. Fellowship monetary awards will be used as leverage to attract extramural support.

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

Action: Sustain an active CFR Alumni Society.

  1. Strengthen ties between alumni and student organizations. Provide student organizations with potential list of guest lecturers on current topics.
  2. Elect faculty chair of CFR Alumni Society and acquire departmental committee members.
  3. Establish a college-wide alumni survey and administer every five years to determine activities that would attract alumni to campus.
  4. Plan and execute annual alumni activities (e.g., homecoming).

Action: Invoke and maintain strategies for retention of undergraduates in CFR majors.

  1. Maintain student ‘cluster’ groups.
  2. Maintain one-on-one meetings between Academic Affairs Coordinator and academically challenged students each semester.
  3. Maintain student tutor program.
  4. Establish a peer leadership program whereby leaders assist student body in various needs.
  5. Maintain semester introductory and mid-semester meetings.
  6. Have yearly advising workshops for new and all faculty members
  7. Have an annual session for CFR Recruiting Committee and all faculty, summarizing current recruitment and retention results and strategies.
  8. Ensure 100% of CFR graduates have bona fide professional experience by graduation.

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

Action: Publicize undergraduate and graduate teaching programs to increase recruitment of students in relation to goals.

  1. Ensure that high school counselors, community college representatives, parents/guardian, and appropriate others have complete information on career opportunities and alumni successes, as well as current information on entrance and course requirements.
  2. Have current and Web-based academic information. Work with the Publications Editor in this effort.
  3. Develop innovative Web-based products including video, "face-book", etc. for recruitment of new students.
  4. Develop distance-learning opportunities for K-12 teachers, including credit-based courses.

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.