Strategic Plan

MapQuest Founder Joins Tech Launch Arizona

One of the founders of MapQuest, the web's first commercial mapping service, is the newest member of the Tech Launch Arizona team. In this Q&A, Barry J. Glick talks about his decision to join TLA as a software mentor-in-residence.

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APAC, CSC Focusing on Future Landscape of Shared Governance

Leaders of two shared governance councils representing nonfaculty employees said their primary focus this year is figuring out what representation will look like once the University Career Architecture Project has been completed. Guiding the work are the results of a survey sent out to employees over the summer about shared governance. The biggest challenge will be developing a group "that adequately represents the breadth of University Staff," says Jennifer Lawrence, chair of the Appointed Professionals Advisory Council.

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Building Community and Keeping Students' Attention: Teaching and Learning Scholar Offers Advice to UA Faculty

A nationally recognized scholar on teaching and learning offered faculty advice on stoking students' curiosity, fostering community in the classroom, building patterns and structure in teaching routines and more during presentations on campus last week. "Because of the fact that we are at least partially built to have dispersed awareness, you might actually say that dispersion and distraction are the normal state of the human mind, and attention rises out of that like an island or like the tip of the iceberg," James Lang said during one talk. "Attention is an achievement."

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Are You Fluent in Data? Enabling New Research With Data Literacy

A group of UA researchers is leading a grassroots effort to provide skills training designed to increase data literacy among researchers. "From the arts to the sciences and engineering, data science is quantitatively and qualitatively transforming research," says Vignesh Subbian, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering who has been instrumental in expanding data literacy at the UA. "However, it is upon us to increase capacity among our students and faculty and help them to take advantage of the expanding landscape of data science tools."

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The University's Purpose and Values: Who We Are, What We Do, Why We're Here

Through an inclusive process that involved faculty, staff, students, alumni, community members and others, the University of Arizona has identified a core purpose and values, which articulate why the University exists and what it stands for. "Together, they serve as a compass to guide our decision-making and our resolve to create meaningful impact," President Robert C. Robbins wrote in a letter to members of the campus community. "I invite you to think about how your work contributes to the fulfillment of our purpose and how you personally live our values as well as cultivate them in the students you serve."

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New Engineering Dean Aims to Foster Diversity, Provide More Hands-On Learning

The College of Engineering's new leader says he is excited to be at a university where the mission matches up perfectly with his vision for engineering education. "The University of Arizona has so much positive change going on right now, with a new provost, new deans and a new, visionary president," David Hahn says. "My vision for the college is fully aligned with the strategic plan of the University."

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Input Wanted for Campus 'Road Map'

The UA's 2020 Master Plan, set to be finalized in May, will guide the physical development of campus in alignment with the University's strategic plan. "It's like a road map for campus and how we want to develop in the future," says Peter Dourlein, campus architect and assistant vice president for Planning, Design and Construction. A series of workshops and forums will be held to gather input on the plan.

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Wayfinders: Advising Experts Will Help Students Find Their Academic Home

To help new students navigate the academic landscape of the UA, the Advising Resource Center is introducing a new initiative called Wayfinders. It's a network of academic advisers who, in addition to their regular positions in their respective colleges, will serve as campuswide advising experts for first-year students. "It's all about helping students get a good beginning to what we call their Wildcat way," says Roxie Catts, director of the Advising Resource Center.

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Strategic Plan Leaders Seek Feedback on Campus Climate

A series of workshops aims to collect feedback from employees about campus climate. The workshops are a follow-up to the Occupational Health Index survey sent to employees in the fall, and were organized by Andrea Romero and Sara Knepper, co-chairs of the strategic plan's Reinforcing Our Cultural Aspirations initiative. "We thought the first step was getting a little more input from people before we just come and say, 'Here are the things to work on,'" said Romero, vice provost for faculty affairs. "We really want to make sure it's not just top down – that it really is all of us coming together and agreeing on what are the areas for action."

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Using the Power of Student Voices, Interns Tackle Real UA Challenges

A dozen enterprising undergraduate students are taking part in an internship program focused on gathering rich, detailed and authentic student feedback and then applying what they learn to solve real-world University challenges. "For me, I liked that the program specifically sought out students with different backgrounds and perspectives," says Vanessa Ojeda, a sophomore majoring in law and Mexican American studies. "It felt like a genuine opportunity to encounter a truly new way of thinking."

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