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Strategic Plan


To create and communicate knowledge of the life sciences.


To attain national recognition of the Department's research and degree programs.

Strategic Goals:

The following goals give direction to the Department of Biology mission, and recognize that scholarship and service support aid are the primary focus of teaching and learning.

  1. Continue improving the rotation of course offerings to provide, in timely manner, needed and desired courses taught by well-qualified members of the faculty
  2. Continue replacing and upgrading equipment in teaching laboratories to provide the tools for excellent laboratory experiences
  3. Continue to recruit and retain faculty members and graduate students with outstanding credentials
  4. Continue to work toward higher instructional assistant salaries to attract highly-qualified students
  5. Continue to seek external support for graduate tuition scholarships
  6. Continue to work toward excellence in existing degree programs. A programs will not be substantially changed in size (based on the number of participating faculty members)
  7. Continue increasing the participation of women and minorities as students and faculty members
  8. Continue supporting the improvement of science education at all levels
  9. Broaden doctoral-level opportunities in the Departmental by either modifying the existing PhD program or adding a second program
  10. Obtain space in planned Science & Engineering Building to meet future research needs
  11. Encourage the development and use of support facilities for field studies
  12. Strengthen alumni relations by developing an alumni newsletter and database of current contact information and employment

Review and Amendments:

The Chair of Biology will annually provide to the faculty an oral report on progress toward the specific goals. Following each report, the Plan may be amended by faculty action.