Total Master's Students

104
93
85
79
95
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Fall enrollment

Master's Students by FTE

5
5
2
4
2
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Total Doctoral Students

58
56
62
57
47
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016

Fall enrollment

Doctoral Students by FTE

3
3
2
3
1
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
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Definition:

FTE is full-time faculty equivalent. This metric is measured by the percentage of faculty salaries which are paid by teaching funds. Percentages have been rounded.

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Related Objectives:

Objective 1.
Maintain a highly competent faculty.

Action: Fill vacant and new faculty positions with the most highly qualified individuals identified through nation-wide search processes, following University governance guidelines, giving consideration to candidates’ service potential and experience. Ensure that newly hired professors have adequate resources to initiate a quality research program and progress toward tenure and promotion.

Action: Regularly review and set salary goals by rank consistent with maintaining excellence compared to the following highly recognized peer land-grant institutions in the southeast region: University of Georgia, North Carolina State University, Texas A&M University, and Virginia Tech. Adjust salaries to reflect merit rather than making adjustments "across-the-board." Report average salaries and those of peer institutions by rank.

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

Action: Maintain graduate assistantships commensurate with departmental, CFR, FWRC and stakeholder needs.

Action: Develop and provide incentives for scientists to obtain extramural support.

  1. Create a process to provide seed money to faculty for research projects that could attract extramural funding once preliminary data are obtained.

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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: Fulfill enrollment goals for B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. students by department and for the CFR, based on faculty FTEs, by 2012.

Action: Monitor enrollment targets for M.S. and Ph.D. students by department and cumulatively for the college.

  1. Report enrollments annually based on fall semester number of students relative to current enrollment goals
  2. Revise enrollment goals relative to fiscal and physical resources

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.

Action: Establish distance-learning (DL) courses in each department and a DL-based M.S. degrees.

  1. Develop appropriate courses for offering via DL and obtain approval for courses through departmental and CFR curriculum committees and MSU UCCC.
  2. Develop a M.S. in Forestry for offering via DL and obtain approval for this degree by the Department of Forestry, CFR, and MSU UCCC by 2010. Initiate work to develop a DL-based M.S. degree in Forest Products in 2010.
  3. Maintain membership in Natural Resources DL Consortium based at Virginia Tech.
  4. Ensure all DL courses and degree program are equivalent in quality to on-campus courses and degree programs.
  5. Advertise availability of DL courses and degree programs through Natural Resources DL Consortium, CFR, and other available Web sites.