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Strategic Thinking for CFR
B. Bruce Bare
Acting Dean, Forest Resources
September 26, 2001
Outline of Remarks
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Share some thoughts about our
College
Present plans and ideas for the
coming year
Listen to your suggestions for
improving the College
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College Mission Statement
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The College of Forest
Resources is dedicated to
generating and disseminating
knowledge for the stewardship
of natural and managed
environments and the use of
their products and services
through teaching, research, and
professional and public outreach
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College Vision Statement
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The College of Forest
Resources will be preeminent in
teaching and advancing the
frontiers of knowledge in
integrated resource stewardship
and utilization in natural and
managed environments
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College Strategic Themes
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Sustainable forest enterprises
Land and ecosystem
management in an urbanizing
world
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Sustainability Is The Integrating Goal
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Sustainable forestry : Managed
and natural forests
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Sustainable urban environments
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Plantations, parks, reserves
Urban forestry, horticulture,
restoration ecology
Sustainable forest enterprises
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Paper mills, tourism, recycling,
wood products
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What Is Sustainability?
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To manage (including restoring
and preserving), and use the
products and amenities of
managed forests, natural wild
lands, and urban and suburban
environments so that they are
maintained in a productive state
over the long term
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What Is Sustainability?
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Rational and dynamic approach
Guarantees continuation of a set
of activities, functions or
processes over a long period of
time
Uses interdisciplinary set of
social, ecological and economic
sciences
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Action Item
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Working with the CPC, by November
10, 2001 each center, cooperative and
academic division within CFR is asked
to complete a work plan
The work plan should clearly
demonstrate how each of its activities
supports the integrating vision of
sustainability and the development
goals (shown later).
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College-Wide Management Tasks
Focus on -- Strategic
thinking, and
 Organizational culture
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Strategic Thinking
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All members of CFR community
are asked to participate
Proposals regarding the future
programmatic direction of each
work unit should embrace our
common mission, vision, goals,
and themes
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Action Item - Strategic Thinking
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Specific strategic thinking
activities underway
 College Planning Committee
 examine
our planning process
 help work units to complete
annual work plans
 refine College development
goals and new initiatives
 Help define CUH building
program
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Action Item - Strategic Thinking
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President’s Charting Directions
Committee
CFR Advisory Committee
 broader representation
 higher level participation
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Organizational Culture
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A change in our work place
culture is needed
President McCormick has also
brought this to our attention
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Organizational Culture
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All members of CFR community
should embrace the personal
characteristics of honesty, integrity,
openness, fairness and
inclusiveness in dealing with the
College community
We need to improve our working
environment so that all viewpoints
are respected and tolerated
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Organizational Culture
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Professional diversity is a
strength of our College
We can disagree on important
professional matters
We can (must) debate these
issues vigorously
But, we must do so in a civil
and respectful manner
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Organizational Culture
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Once decisions are made we
all need to join ranks and
work towards common goals
Our future depends on
changing our organizational
culture
We can not achieve our
strategic goals unless we
simultaneously change our
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culture
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Organizational Culture
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Specific organizational culture
activities underway
 College Work Place Quality
Committee
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develop and implement programs
and processes to improve work
environment and levels of trust
reward individuals whose actions
are for the common good
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Organizational Culture
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Organizational Review Team
Report
 College staff are starting a
review and implementation of
the recommendations
contained in this report
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Action Item - Organizational Culture
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By November 30, 2001 each
work unit identified in the ORT
Report will report its findings
and actions
By November 30, 2001 the Work
Place Quality Committee will
recommend a series of
programs and processes to
improve work environment
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College Programmatic Initiatives
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We need to ensure that our
undergraduate programs relate
to the key integrating theme of
"sustainability”
A College-wide committee is
being formed to design and
implement a new BS program in
Forest Environmental Science
and Conservation (FESC)
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College Programmatic Initiatives
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FESC proposal will allow for two
options:
 1) traditional four-year
program leading to a BSF (or
a new BS) degree
 2) an accelerated 4-1
program leading to a BS and
an MS in Environmental
Science
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College Programmatic Initiatives
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FESC will embrace both the
existing SRS and CWR
programs
Additional College majors will be
reviewed early next year to
insure that they are contributing
to our vision of sustainability
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College Programmatic Initiatives
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In light of the destruction and
rebuilding of Merrill Hall, we wish to reexamine the function of CUH
Provide a forum for a wide range of
activities dealing with sustaining urban
environments
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urban ecology, wildlife, fisheries, urban
forestry, gardens, horticulture, urbanrural interface issues, etc
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College Programmatic Initiatives
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Take steps to strengthen ties
between FEE, PFC and other
units
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Broader College faculty involvement
Increase graduate student ties to PFC
Increase and broaden PFC support
base through development
Strengthen the ecological component
of FEE
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College Development Plans
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The University is gearing up for
its capital campaign entitled,
“Learning @ The Leading Edge“
The College’s development
goals must be compatible with
the themes of the University’s
program
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University Development Plans
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Draft themes directly related to
our College:
 Preparing students for a
changing world
 Creating knowledge
 Expanding educational
opportunity
 Improving lives: Knowledge
in the service society
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College Development Goals
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We propose to focus on the
issue of sustainability of urban
and wild land environments
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Specific College Development Goals
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Enhance student learning
opportunities
Promote faculty research and
development activities
Improve College facilities and
associated infrastructure
New programmatic initiatives to
sustain urban and wild land
environments
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Specific College Development Goals
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New programmatic initiatives will
focus on:
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sustaining and protecting forest
resources
sustaining urban environments
sustaining forest enterprises
environmental and forest policy for
sustainable environments
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Rewards And Responsibilities
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Examine and improve systems
used for employee performance
evaluations (both staff and
faculty)
Want all work units to review
how individual responsibilities
are balanced with unit
responsibilities
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Rewards And Responsibilities
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Want rewards to be based on
performance at both the
individual as well as collective
levels
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Conclusion
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This concludes our brief outline
of what lies before us over the
next few months
We hope you all fully participate
in each activity of interest or
importance to you
We look forward to working with
each of you towards this end
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