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Implementation Plan
III. Strategic Initiatives, Operational Strategies and Tactics

During the past year, Team 2016 reviewed each strategic initiative (listed above in section II) and considered the helpful feedback provided by Project Innovation in developing a comprehensive list of specific strategies and tactics that would address the university’s long-term objectives. The result of that work is summarized in this section.

At the end of the 2007-08 academic year, the Project Innovation advisory group organized the feedback from campus participants into broad themes, and sorted them roughly by priority as indicated by participant input. These broad themes were matched with the strategic initiatives and associated goals outlined in the UTSA 2016 plan. This is summarized in the previous section.

Team 2016 then created subcommittees, one for each initiative, to review the Project Innovation input and devise a final set of actions, or “tactics,” to be undertaken by the university as it implements its strategic plan. Each of these subcommittees was comprised of both members of Team 2016 and university staff from appropriate related areas of the university— for example, the subcommittee that worked on the initiative concerning student access and affordability enlisted the aid of appropriate staff from the Office of Student Affairs. Thus, the results shown here arise from input provided by a broad mixture of campus participants.

Once completed, the identified strategies and tactics have been subject to review in several stages. The President’s Campus Management and Operations (CMO) has reviewed the various initiatives at different stages and provided helpful feedback. In addition, this implementation plan will be made available to the campus for comments, suggestions, and other feedback during the course of the early fall 2008 semester.

  • Operational Strategies and TacticsOpen or Close

    A full listing of each strategy and tactic is provided in Appendix C, along with a more detailed description that includes suitable performance metrics, the units responsible for executing the tactic, the resources needed to accomplish the tactic, an indication of the priority of the tactic, and a timeline for its execution. Here, we provide a more succinct listing of the tactics that accompany each strategic initiative along with the phase in which the tactic will be initiated.

    All of the tactics listed here are essential to the successful implementation of the UTSA 2016 plan. Those listed as “Phase 0” are tactics that are already initiated, while those labeled “Phase 1” will begin in the 2008-09 academic year. “Phase 2” tactics will commence once a significant number of “Phase 1” tactics have been implemented or substantially initiated, and these will be followed by “Phase 3” tactics. It is important to note that it is the university’s intent to implement all of these strategies and tactics, but in an environment of limited resources and limited time and effort from campus personnel, only the most critical items can commence immediately.

    The budgetary resources needed to implement each tactic are roughly indicated using the following key:

    $ < $250 K
    $$ $250 K - 1 M
    $$$ $1 - 5 M
    $$$$ $5 - 50 M
    $$$$$ ≥ $50 M

    The absence of a “$” symbol indicates a tactic that primarily requires time and effort. Note that, in some cases, the budgetary resources needed by one tactic will also serve to meet the needs of other tactics.


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  • I. Enriching Educational Experience to Enable Student SuccessOpen or Close
    Tactics Phase Budget
    A. Enriching educational experiences to enable student success
    Strategy 1: Improve instruction of courses at UTSA
    a. Expand the number of full-time faculty 0 $$$$
    b. Improve teacher development training for instructors, inc. GAs 1 $
    c. Improve the evaluation of teaching 2 -
    d. Expand the use of technology to enhance instruction 3 $$
    e. Nurture and recognize outstanding teaching 3 $
    Strategy 2: Improve student advising
    a. Improve coordination between the freshman advising center and the various college-based advising centers 0 -
    b. Engage external evaluators to analyze and improve the undergraduate advising system 1 $
    c. Strategically increase the number of undergraduate advisors 2 $
    d. Conduct an evaluation of the effectiveness of undergraduate orientation programs 3 $
    Strategy 3: Strengthen and innovate delivery of curriculum
    a. Review and address curricular barriers to student success 1 -
    b. Broaden the experiential learning opportunities for students through study abroad, research experiences, service learning, and internships/co-ops (also, see tactic D-3-a) 2 $$
    c. Enhance the educational experience by strengthening the periodic review process for each academic unit 2 $
    - Enhance the educational experience by reviewing and updating the core curriculum 2 $
    - Enhance the educational experience by strengthening and streamlining various major curricula 3 $
    - incorporating the three foundational themes and five areas of excellence throughout the curriculum 3 $
    Strategy 4: Enrich campus life experience
    a. Assess student service programs for learning outcomes 0 -
    b. Increase and enhance the retail services available on the three campuses 0 -
    c. Complete the implementation of the UTSA Portal and use to improve internal communications across the three campuses 1 $$
    d. Increase opportunities for student involvement and engagement through enhanced on-campus programming and freshman experience programs 2 $
    d. Expand campus residential opportunities 3 $$$$$

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  • II. Serving Society through Creativity, Expanded Research and InnovationsOpen or Close
    Tactics Phase Budget
    B. Serving society through creativity, expanded research and innovations
    Strategy 1: Expand research and scholarly activities
    a. Provide incentives and support for interdisciplinary/ collaborative research 0 $$
    b. Develop faculty workload guidelines that promote scholarly activity while fulfilling UTSA’s educational mission 1 -
    c. Review and re-structure academic units to facilitate research growth and graduate program development 2 -
    d. Increase support for faculty and students to participate in professional activities that contribute to UTSA’s mission 3 $
    e. Make strategic senior faculty appointments to stimulate research development and growth 3 $$$$
    Strategy 2: Strengthen graduate programs
    a. Develop guidelines for prioritizing the introduction of new graduate programs (also see tactic B-5-a) 0 -
    b. Increase graduate student quality, diversity, and enrollment through aggressive recruitment and retention practices 1 $$$
    c. Leverage partnerships to expand/enhance graduate programs 2 -
    Strategy 3: Expand and optimize research space
    a. Optimize research space utilization 1 $
    b. Secure new research space 2 $$$$$
    Strategy 4: Develop improved research processes, policies, and infrastructure
    a. Provide education and training of administration, faculty and staff in research issues 0 $
    b. Align internal distribution of F&A revenues to better support institutional research development needs 1 -
    c. Provide adequate IT support for research computing, networking, visualization, and communication 1 $$
    a. Consolidate grants and contracts accounting with pre-proposal administration 2 -
    Strategy 5: Develop research agenda for the five areas of excellence
    a. Coordinate planning for graduate research with the five areas of excellence (see tactic B-2-a) 1 -
    b. Continuously align college and department priorities to support the designated areas of excellence and reflect in new faculty appointments 2 -
    c. Establish interdisciplinary centers/institutes to focus activity and funding in the designated areas of excellence 3 $$

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  • III. Promoting Access and AffordabilityOpen or Close
    Tactics Phase Budget
    B. Serving society through creativity, expanded research and innovations
    Strategy 1: Expand research and scholarly activities
    a. Provide incentives and support for interdisciplinary/ collaborative research 0 $$
    b. Develop faculty workload guidelines that promote scholarly activity while fulfilling UTSA’s educational mission 1 -
    c. Review and re-structure academic units to facilitate research growth and graduate program development 2 -
    d. Increase support for faculty and students to participate in professional activities that contribute to UTSA’s mission 3 $
    e. Make strategic senior faculty appointments to stimulate research development and growth 3 $$$$
    Strategy 2: Strengthen graduate programs
    a. Develop guidelines for prioritizing the introduction of new graduate programs (also see tactic B-5-a) 0 -
    b. Increase graduate student quality, diversity, and enrollment through aggressive recruitment and retention practices 1 $$$
    c. Leverage partnerships to expand/enhance graduate programs 2 -
    Strategy 3: Expand and optimize research space
    a. Optimize research space utilization 1 $
    b. Secure new research space 2 $$$$$
    Strategy 4: Develop improved research processes, policies, and infrastructure
    a. Provide education and training of administration, faculty and staff in research issues 0 $
    b. Align internal distribution of F&A revenues to better support institutional research development needs 1 -
    c. Provide adequate IT support for research computing, networking, visualization, and communication 1 $$
    a. Consolidate grants and contracts accounting with pre-proposal administration 2 -
    Strategy 5: Develop research agenda for the five areas of excellence
    a. Coordinate planning for graduate research with the five areas of excellence (see tactic B-2-a) 1 -
    b. Continuously align college and department priorities to support the designated areas of excellence and reflect in new faculty appointments 2 -
    c. Establish interdisciplinary centers/institutes to focus activity and funding in the designated areas of excellence 3 $$

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  • IV. Serving the Public Through Community EngagementOpen or Close
    Tactics Phase Budget
    B. Serving society through creativity, expanded research and innovations
    Strategy 1: Expand research and scholarly activities
    a. Provide incentives and support for interdisciplinary/ collaborative research 0 $$
    b. Develop faculty workload guidelines that promote scholarly activity while fulfilling UTSA’s educational mission 1 -
    c. Review and re-structure academic units to facilitate research growth and graduate program development 2 -
    d. Increase support for faculty and students to participate in professional activities that contribute to UTSA’s mission 3 $
    e. Make strategic senior faculty appointments to stimulate research development and growth 3 $$$$
    Strategy 2: Strengthen graduate programs
    a. Develop guidelines for prioritizing the introduction of new graduate programs (also see tactic B-5-a) 0 -
    b. Increase graduate student quality, diversity, and enrollment through aggressive recruitment and retention practices 1 $$$
    c. Leverage partnerships to expand/enhance graduate programs 2 -
    Strategy 3: Expand and optimize research space
    a. Optimize research space utilization 1 $
    b. Secure new research space 2 $$$$$
    Strategy 4: Develop improved research processes, policies, and infrastructure
    a. Provide education and training of administration, faculty and staff in research issues 0 $
    b. Align internal distribution of F&A revenues to better support institutional research development needs 1 -
    c. Provide adequate IT support for research computing, networking, visualization, and communication 1 $$
    a. Consolidate grants and contracts accounting with pre-proposal administration 2 -
    Strategy 5: Develop research agenda for the five areas of excellence
    a. Coordinate planning for graduate research with the five areas of excellence (see tactic B-2-a) 1 -
    b. Continuously align college and department priorities to support the designated areas of excellence and reflect in new faculty appointments 2 -
    c. Establish interdisciplinary centers/institutes to focus activity and funding in the designated areas of excellence 3 $$

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  • V. Expanding Resources and InfrastructureOpen or Close
    Tactics Phase Budget
    E. Expanding resources and infrastructure
    Strategy 1: Optimize, expand, and enhance space
    a. Establish a comprehensive space utilization policy to improve efficiency 1 -
    b. Align the campus master plan with the strategic plan 1 -
    c. Upgrade and expand space, with classrooms, class-labs, office space, and library as high initial priorities 2 $$$$$
    d. Identify courses with the capacity to incorporate distance technology and initiate a pilot program 2 $
    e. Establish a building development process 3 -
    Strategy 2: Develop and align budgetary resources
    a. Launch UTSA’s first comprehensive capital campaign 1 $$$
    b. Implement strategies to optimize formula funding 1 -
    c. Increase and optimize use of sponsored program funds 2 -
    d. Develop appropriate culture and support to successfully commercialize intellectual property 2 $$
    e. Optimize auxiliary services to meet the needs of the university 3 $
    f. Establish non-profit enterprises to facilitate entrepreneurial activities and public-private partnerships 3 $$
    Strategy 3: Recruit, develop, and retain faculty and staff
    a. Improve faculty search policies and practices to facilitate earlier offers and encourage diverse hiring (see also B-5-b) 1 $
    b. Develop additional (classified) staff and NTT faculty career ladders and expand staffing 1 $$$$
    c. Develop succession plans for all key positions and support leadership development for faculty and staff 2 -
    d. Address faculty and staff compensation issues, including compression and cost-of-living adjustments 2 $$$$
    e. Support and maintain a more rigorous annual review process 2 -
    f. Develop and manage programs to diversify, mentor, motivate, and retain faculty and staff 3 $
    Strategy 4: Improve and streamline administrative processes
    a. Link the strategic planning and budget planning processe 0 -
    b. Review key business policies and procedures, incorporating feedback from end-users and cross-functional units 1 $$
    c. Improve internal communication to improve operations and understanding of decision processes (see tactic A-4-b) 2 $
    d. Promote service-oriented organizational culture, administrative processes, and structure through incentives and rewards 3 $

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