ECST Strategic Plan

ECST Strategic Plan
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To support the ongoing efforts of ECST and the University, and to plan for the future, ECST launched a strategic planning effort in January 2014. The strategic planning process was designed to ensure input and collaboration from faculty and staff, current and past students, and industry and community partners. The process  was completed in May 2015 and the final strategic planning framework is presented here - we encourage you to open the flipbook and zoom in to read it page by page.


ECST Undergrad Flipbook
The key milestones and activities of the strategic planning process are listed below.

  • Strategic Planning Kick-Off – the Dean introduced the strategic planning effort at a full-day faculty and staff retreat in January 2014. Faculty and staff were asked to provide their perspectives on the key strengths of ECST to build upon, as well as to identify opportunities for further development, growth, or improvement of the college. They also participated in a visioning exercise to provide their input on the future direction and larger purpose and goals of the college.
  • Strategic Planning Task Force – a faculty and staff task force (see below) was convened in order to fully develop the ECST strategic plan. Each academic department, as well as the Dean’s office, nominated a representative to be on the task force and serve as a liaison with the broader faculty and staff during the planning process. The task force met for three in-depth planning sessions in Summer 2014 to review all the data available, discuss stakeholder input, and build out the specifics of the plan.
  • Data Review – in order to understand historical context and identify both strengths and opportunities, a comprehensive data review was conducted that included student exit surveys, ECST data and statistics, industry partner comments, and other surveys conducted previously around ECST’s brand and reputation.
  • Student Survey – a student feedback survey was sent to ECST’s student population in April 2014 to request feedback on courses, programs, advising, college environment and culture, and a range of other topics. More than 300 students completed the survey and their feedback was carefully reviewed, summarized and shared with the Strategic Planning Task Force.
  • Dean’s Advisory Board Input – the Dean’s Advisory Board (DAB) is comprised of industry and community partners who dedicate time, expertise, and resources to support ECST. The strategic planning effort and draft materials were shared at the June 2014 DAB meeting and their input and feedback was collected for consideration and incorporation.
  • Faculty and Staff Input Session – faculty and staff were convened once again in September 2014 to give specific feedback on the elements of the strategic plan following the work of the Strategic Planning Task Force over the summer. An interactive workshop was conducted to ensure all faculty and staff could give their input on the proposed mission, vision, values, focus areas, goals, and initiatives.
  • Interim Review – feedback from all stakeholders was incorporated into the draft of the strategic plan and reviewed at the faculty and staff welcome back meeting in January 2015.
  • Student Feedback – feedback from students was received via several Student Focus Groups in February 2015.
  • Final Task Force Review - early March 2015.

The College of Engineering, Computer Science and Technology Strategic Planning Task Force members were:

Emily Allen (ECST Dean)
Trinh Pham (Mechanical Engineering and Honors College)
David Raymond (Mechanical Engineering)
Tonatiuh Rodriguez-Nikl (Civil Engineering)
Elva Popoca (ECST Resource Office)
Blake Cortis (ECST Technical Staff)
Candi Marsh (ECST Student Success Center)
Donna Melendez (Civil Engineering)
Jianyu Dong (Electrical Engineering)
Keith Mew (Chair, Technology)
Russ Abbott (Computer Science)
Ted Nye (ECST/Northrop Grumman Endowed Chair)