University Sets Course for 2015: “Leading Idaho 2011-2015” Released

Tuesday, January 18 2011

Written by Brett Morris

MOSCOW, Idaho – University of Idaho President M. Duane Nellis announced the release of the university's new strategic plan, “Leading Idaho 2011-2015,” at a statewide leadership event on campus today.

This document will be the central planning document for the university over the next five years. It focuses on four key goal areas: Teaching and Learning, Scholarly and Creative Activity, Outreach and Engagement, and Community and Culture.

"I’m proud to announce the completion of 'Leading Idaho,'" said Nellis at the morning meeting. "This plan helps ensure we have a common path for continued improvement and targets that we can work toward as a community."

Notably, this plan culminates seven months of committee work by faculty, staff and students from across the university, as well as more than 2,500 people reading the plan and more than 460 providing input.

“This document reflects thousands of hours of work in fact finding, consultation and writing,” Nellis said. “I’m thankful for the tireless efforts of our co-chairs, Dan Eveleth and Holly Wichman, and the involvement of the entire university community.”

The plan also will play a critical role as the university prepares for re-accreditation with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities with the first formal report due in September. This process formally begins this afternoon with a visit from NWCCU Vice President Ron Baker who will meet with faculty and staff to explain the new accrediting standards.

More information about the plan is online:
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About the University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state’s land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students to succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit