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Strategic Plan 2014-2019

Exceptional Research, Innovation, and Creativity

  1. Goal 1: Increase productivity in research, innovation, and creativity to address the grand challenges and opportunities of the future.
  2. Goal 2: Further develop WSU’s unique strengths and opportunities for research, innovation, and creativity based on its locations and land-grant mandate to be responsive to the needs of Washington state.
  3. Goal 3: Advance WSU’s reach both nationally and internationally in existing and emerging areas of achievement.

Theme 1 Sub-goals

  1. Grow and diversify extramural research funding.
  2. Attract, retain, and develop high-quality research faculty members system-wide.
  3. Develop and sustain the physical and technological infrastructure, resources, and expertise to support increased research and scholarly productivity system-wide, with particular emphasis on core laboratories and academic computing.
  4. Build upon WSU’s current and emerging areas of research excellence and international reputation.
  5. Increase engagement and productivity of graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and undergraduates in mentored research, innovative projects, and creative endeavors.

Theme 1 Metrics

 Sub-goalsInitiatives and TacticsMetricsOther Evidence
1.a.
Grow and diversify extramural research funding.
  • Invest in strengthening the most successful centers and institutes.

  • Enhance administrative infrastructure to support grants and contracts procurement and management.

  • Cultivate mutually beneficial strategic alliances with partners in the United States and abroad, to extend WSU faculty expertise and to address gaps in equipment, infrastructure, and/or expertise.

  • Foster greater collaboration across colleges, campuses, and disciplines through use of incentives and eliminating barriers to the pursuit of large opportunities

1. Total research and development expenditures (reported to NSF) and rank among public institutions
2. Federal research and development expenditures (reported to NSF) and rank among public institutions
3. Number of cross-disciplinary and multi-institution grant interdisciplinary awards (tracked by eREX and org/budget numbers, ORSO)
1.b.
Attract, retain, and develop high-quality research faculty system wide.
  • Recruit high-quality faculty through opportunistic searches, targeted hiring of senior faculty, and expanding the number of endowed chairs.

  • Define and enforce high scholarship expectations across all academic units.

  • Expand research and creative outputs typically associated with the arts, humanities, and design disciplines.

  • Facilitate hiring that creates critical mass for high-priority initiatives.

  • Invest in professional development activities aimed at increasing research productivity.

4. Number of refereed publications per faculty FTE
5. Number of publications, juried or adjudicated shows, and performances by arts and humanities faculty (college reports)
6. Number of prestigious faculty awards
7. Citations per faculty member (H Index)
8. Number of National Academy members
  • National/international invitations for research/ teaching papers and presentations, shows and performances (college reports)

  • ADVANCE data on external mentors

1.c.
Develop and sustain the physical and technological infrastructure, resources, and expertise system wide to support increased research and scholarly productivity, with particular emphasis on core laboratories and academic computing.
  • Develop funding mechanisms to maintain equipment and provide necessary staff support in core labs.

  • Continue to invest in modern research buildings structured to facilitate collaboration.

  • Enhance academic computing capability on all campuses.

  • Invest in communication tools enabling virtual collaboration on a global scale.

9. Total capital expenditures on academic infrastructure
10. Square footage allocated to research and development per tenure-track faculty FTE
11. Total capital expenditures invested to enable virtual collaboration
  • State funded building projects

  • Sponsored project infrastructure awards

  • Annual report from Information Technology on investments and upgrades

1.d.
Build upon WSU’s current and emerging areas of research excellence and international reputation.
  • Invest in identified areas of research excellence, such as health sciences at the human-animal interface, clean technology, food security, and biomedical research.

  • Assess and respond to emerging opportunities through strategic investment in new areas of research excellence (e.g., promoting and sustaining health, water resources, computing, and data analysis).

  • Continue the expansion of health science research programs, with emphasis on the build-out of programs and facilities on the Spokane campus.

  • Establish a stimulus fund for investment in priority research initiatives.

12. Sponsored research expenditures in identified areas of research excellence
13. Sponsored research awards expenditures in emerging areas of research excellence
14. Sponsored research awards to projects that engage multiple units
  • Faculty hires in priority areas (college reports)

  • Faculty hires in emerging areas of research excellence (college reports)

  • Media tracking by University Communications of coverage for areas of emphasis

1.e.
Increase engagement and productivity of graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and undergraduates in mentored research, innovative projects, and creative endeavors.
  • Expand graduate student enrollment and engagement at all campuses.

  • Enhance opportunities for graduate student research awards and scholarships. Reward graduate students for high scholarship and creative activities.

15. Number of publications coauthored by graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and undergraduate students
  • Number of presentations at SURCA and GPSA annual research presentation events and professional meetings (college reports)

  • Number of Honors theses completed (Honors College report)