PRIORITY I: ACADEMICS and STUDENT EXPERIENCE
To be the university of first choice for a multi-state region centered in Cape Girardeau, Southeast must be nationally recognized for a high-quality undergraduate and graduate student experience that includes academic excellence, a strong liberal arts foundation, and a wealth of "real world" learning opportunities preparing students for professional careers or advanced graduate education. The University must provide to its students a supportive, student-centered environment that challenges them, treats them with dignity, and helps them to grow and succeed.
Maintain or enhance the current quality of all academic programs, including achieving national accreditation for any unaccredited programs for which such national standards are available, enhancing opportunities for experiential learning, strengthening student transitions and retention programs, internationalizing the campus and the curriculum, and identifying undergraduate and graduate academic programs required to meet the needs of the multi-state service area.
Evaluate and improve the support of research and creative activities to enhance the student experience and outreach to our multi-state region.
Enhance the educational experience of students by evaluating and improving student support services, advising, extra- and co-curricular activities, and campus life to improve the recruitment, retention, and graduation of students.
Enrich the Southeast experience and develop a stronger sense of community and pride among students, faculty, staff, and alumni by highlighting and improving campus life.
Evaluate and enhance the quality of all athletic programs, including providing opportunities for student participation as both student athletes and fans; strengthening and enhancing funding and facilities; enhancing the educational experience, retention and graduation rates of student athletes; and cultivating meaningful relationships with fans and benefactors.
Update and implement the Strategic Enrollment Management Plan that establishes the desired size, quality, and diversity of the student body.
Improve student services and community outreach and evaluate the need for additional degree programs at the regional campuses as feasible based on available resources and potential student enrollments.
PRIORITY II: PEOPLE
To be the university of first choice for a multi-state region centered in Cape Girardeau, Southeast must recognize and value the people who make it possible – its students, faculty, staff, benefactors, and the employers of its graduates. These individuals are essential, even more important than physical assets and financial resources.
Improve the ability of the University to attract and retain highly qualified faculty and staff by offering competitive salaries, benefits, and professional development opportunities.
Develop succession plans for recruiting and retaining excellent and diverse faculty and staff due to an increased number of projected retirements.
Continue to cultivate meaningful relationships with local communities, employers, and potential benefactors to expand economic development initiatives and advance the region's economic appeal and strength.
Maintain and improve effective structures for shared governance that value input from students, faculty, and staff.
PRIORITY III: COMMUNICATION
To be the university of first choice for a multi-state region centered in Cape Girardeau, Southeast must not only be an outstanding public comprehensive university, but also must be recognized as such by the general public. This message must be communicated internally, as well as regionally, nationally, and globally to the University's alumni, the employers of its graduates, prospective donors, government officials, and others.
Define, develop, and market a unique Southeast brand based on the University's attributes, resources, mission, priorities and objectives.
Develop and implement an integrated marketing and communications plan which improves both internal and external communications.
PRIORITY IV: FUNDING
To be the university of first choice for a multi-state region centered in Cape Girardeau, Southeast must partner with stakeholders to identify alternative funding sources to support its mission, to initiate innovative programs and services that meet the changing needs of students and the region, and to continue providing high-quality education at a reasonable cost.
Maintain and/or enhance fiscal responsibility and the proper stewardship of the University's limited resources.
Enhance private fund-raising through strengthened focus, alignment, and planning among the Foundation and the University to include developing and building relationships with alumni, corporations, foundations and private donors.
Evaluate the need and rationale to establish differential fees to support high-cost and/or high-demand academic programs.
Develop, enhance, and strengthen strategies to educate and inform local-, regional-, state-, and federal-elected officials about the financial needs of Southeast Missouri State University, with special emphasis on needed capital expenditures to maintain and enhance the quality of academic programs.
PRIORITY V: INFRASTRUCTURE
To be the university of first choice for a multi-state region centered in Cape Girardeau, Southeast must offer its students, faculty, and staff an aesthetically pleasing campus and access to state-of-theart facilities and technology. The University must also promote safety and sustainability and lead the region's efforts to protect the environment and conserve natural resources.
Update the Campus Master Plan (all six campuses) to include the need for and/or the use of physical facilities, land, landscaping, construction, routine maintenance, and capital improvements, taking into consideration energy efficiency, sustainability, and staffing.
Update the University Information Technology Strategic Plan to incorporate new academic and nonacademic technologies, applications, and programmatic needs.
Update the Technology Village Master Plan, addressing areas such as infrastructure, construction, and maintenance to support economic development and provide faculty and student applied-research opportunities.
Develop, enhance, and strengthen strategies to promote ecological sustainability and to protect the environment and conserve natural resources.