Special Edition, July 2014

Dear College of Engineering Community,

The College of Engineering has always had a big vision: to make people's lives better. By all measures, we've come a long way — our collective contributions throughout Oregon and beyond are undeniable. Now is the time to chart a clear and compelling path forward.

Our graduates are our greatest contribution to the future, and now is the time to put in place concrete structures and actions that will capture our organization's extraordinary potential to graduate truly exceptional Oregon State Engineers.

As an integral piece of the university's mission, the College of Engineering has the opportunity and the obligation to support and align with Oregon State University's strategic plan, Focus on Excellence. To this end, we are launching a strategic planning project. We will be articulating our specific vision and key goals for the next five years and view them through a 10-year lens, with the intention of creating outcomes that will influence the next 20 years. We will build on realized gains, collected data, and market analyses to create a financially sustainable college with stronger positioning among our competitive and aspirational peers.

Central to the project's success is the participation of the College of Engineering community. We ask for your support and guidance as we chart our course for the future. You will have many opportunities to provide input, and I encourage you to contribute your ideas and feedback. We are committed to transparency, and will provide updates, solicit input, and document our progress at http://dean.engineering.oregonstate.edu/strategic-planning-project/.

Leadership for the project will reside with the leadership team and a steering committee. We have hired The Napa Group, consultants specializing in higher education strategy, leadership, and organizational design, to provide facilitation. They have extensive experience with academic institutions of all sizes, alumni associations, and advancement organizations.

The Napa Group will gain early perspectives through listening sessions, such as individual meetings, focus groups, and workshops, and then follow up with engagement activities such as electronic surveys. A series of task forces will build the strategic plan initiatives and action items.

Plan drafts will be presented broadly for input and feedback in December 2014 and we will launch our implementation plan by spring 2015.

I look forward to working with you in the spirit of collaboration to create a vibrant and impactful future.

Go Beavs!

Scott A. Ashford, Ph.D.
Kearney Professor and Dean
College of Engineering
Oregon State University

Questions or comments about Momentum? E-mail Editor@engr.oregonstate.edu

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