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Our strategic planning process

In 2021 CSE undertook to outline a set of strategic objectives and accompanying implementation processes. These objectives were selected to both enumerate a broad organizing philosophy for the Division and also to effectively respond to timely challenges and concerns.

This planning process, called the CSE Action Plan, is being devised collaboratively by a number of faculty and staff in the Division, and open to feedback, input, and critique from the broader community every step of the way. The final Action Plan will outline the Division’s mission, vision, and values and detail its priorities in education, research, administration, and community culture for the near term.

This page details how this Action Plan is being drafted, and will record the processes underway in each of its key focus areas as they develop.

Organization

The Action Plan will be developed by four teams focused on different key projects, as well as one overall organizing team.

Strategic Action Leadership Team (SALT)

SALT oversees the strategic planning process (including designating the plan time horizon), teams, communications, and products. For more effective ongoing integration of the initiative’s activities, SALT members will also serve on one of the other four teams.

Members:
Donna Bender (Co-Chair)
Michael Wellman (Co-Chair)
Nikhil Bansal
Dave Chesney
Kelly Cormier 
J. Alex Halderman
Scott Mahlke
Rada Mihalcea
Alanson Sample

Mission, Vision, and Values Team (MVV)

The MVV Team will carry out a division-wide grass roots process providing opportunities for input from students, staff, faculty, and advisory board members. The objective is to develop mission and vision statements and a set of values that represent collective identity of CSE and answer these questions:

Mission: Why do we exist and do the work that we do?
Vision: What will we work toward achieving?
Values: How do we conduct ourselves?

The mission, vision, and values define CSE internally, across the College and University, and to all those who may encounter the Division and its members in the world.

Members:
Donna Bender (Co-Chair)
Mahdi Cheragchi (Co-Chair)
Zach Champion
Kelly Cormier
J. Alex Halderman
Ben Kuipers

Progress to date:
September, 2021: Team kickoff
September – October, 2021: Mission, vision, and values development
November – December, 2021: Draft mission, vision, and values community feedback

Culture and Community Team (C&C)

C&C sets out to investigate how the CSE community can work together, in all realms of activity, to actualize the Division’s values, move toward its vision, and strive for CSE members’ respect, fulfillment, growth, and belonging.

Members:
Ron Dreslinski (Co-Chair)
Chad Jenkins (Co-Chair)
David Chesney
Li Harper
Jon Merrill
Rada Mihalcea
Atul Prakash 

Progress to date:
September, 2021: Team kickoff
November, 2021: C&C open call to all members of the CSE community about priorities for improving Division’s culture

Computer Science Knowledge Team (CSK)

CSK will examine the status and various futures of the computer science field and stake out CSE roles as learners and explorers. Advancing integration and creative synergies between education and research activities will be a guiding principle in the development of CSK priorities and goals.

Members:
Todd Austin (Co-Chair)
Joyce Chai (Co-Chair)
Ashley Andreae
Steve Crang
Scott Mahlke
Alanson Sample
Quentin Stout

Progress to date:
September, 2021: Team kickoff

Enrollment and Admissions Team (EAT)

EAT was convened in early 2021 to develop recommendations for addressing the ongoing challenges of soaring undergraduate enrollment.

Members:
Donna Bender (Co-Chair)
Brian Noble (Co-Chair)
Bill Arthur
Nikhil Bansal
Taylor Bruns
Mark Guzdial
Rose Sherry

Progress to date:
May 2021: CSE faculty endorsed EAT outline proposal