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Strategic Plan Executive Summary

December 10, 2013

After SWOT analysis, we identified six (6) goals, with a number of strategies for goals and objectives. In addition, ten (10) immediate action items were proposed in this plan. We will continually increase the quality of personnel in CASA by hiring the best professionals and continue to recruit excellent students. In five (5) years, CASA will establish its college-wide Ph.D. Program along with several more Masters degree programs, such as a college-wide Masters in Applied Sciences and Arts, MSIT (Information Technology), MSHA (Healthcare Administration), and MSTM (Transportation Management). BS Degree completion options will be established for programs including EST, TRM, MSFS, DH, PTA, RADS, HCM, and ARC. The growth will be based on careful assessment of our existing programs, closing poor performing programs, and starting new programs with high demand. CASA distance education (DE) programs will increase its enrollment by 20% taking Fall 2013 enrollment data as a baseline. In ten (10) years, CASA will have a number of significant grant projects funded by federal agencies, state and regional resources. Research centers will be established including FAA Center of Excellence, Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research, and Technology Management Research Center. CASA will produce at least 25 Ph.D. graduates before 2023. Complete a PTA bridge program; Establish a crematory in Mortuary Sciences for research opportunities. The total enrollment in CASA will reach 2,500+ with high retention rate. The number of tenured and tenure-track (T/TT) faculty will meet or exceed the total count of CASA T/TT faculty in 2008. In twenty (20) years, CASA will create a research journal in Applied Sciences and Arts or Applied Technologies with CASA faculty as primary editors. Sponsor international research and education conferences in CASA’s research and teaching areas. Investigate the potential of establishing a Transportation Research Center. At least three specialized Ph.D. degree programs will be established in CASA including Information Technology, Physical Therapy Technology, and Building Technology.

The Action Plan includes ten (10) immediate action items below:

Action 1: Continually increase the quality of personnel in CASA by hiring the best professionals: faculty in tenure track and term positions, advisors and senior staff in AP positions, and civil servants in positions that support the academic mission of CASA.  In addition, continue to recruit excellent students who have a high probability of success in our intellectually demanding programs. Establish a Ph.D. Program in CASA. Promote student success and support faculty development towards technology competency in the classroom and research/development.

Action 2: Investigate the potential of establishing a Transportation Research Center and new collaborative opportunities among Aviation, Automotive, and other departments and schools in the College.

Action 3: Investigate the potential of establishing a School of Information Technology (SoIT).

Action 4: Establish a new degree or specialization of Construction Management or Facility Management or Urban Planning in the School of Architecture (SOA).

Action 5: Investigate possibility of other academic offerings in the Department of Automotive Technology (AUT), Department of Aviation Management and Flight, and Department of Aviation Technologies. For instance, investigate the possibility of adding Masters degree to Aviation and establishing a new degree or specialization of Automotive Technical Resource Management, Ground Transportation Management, or Automotive Operations in AUT.

Action 6: Establish a research incentive program to encourage research and scholarly activity.

Action 7: Strengthen the College leadership team and secure permanent directors for two schools in the College.

Action 8: Nurture existing CASA Distance Education offerings and investigate possibilities to grow enrollment, improve retention, increase curriculum offerings, and develop new delivery sites in a controlled growth model.

Action 9: Formulate and communicate College-wide guidelines and procedures regarding tenure, promotion, sabbatical leave, travel, DE course development, research support, and others.

Action 10: Enhance industry connections and alumni relations.