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Strategic Planning Task Force, 2015-2016

The Strategic Planning Task Force (SPTF) is working with consultants from CBT (the Collaborative Brain Trust) University Consulting during the 2015-2016 academic year to rethink and refresh the university’s strategic plan. The task force is working in three subcommittees: UCA’s Obligation to Students: Retention, Graduation, Common Experience; Alumni Success and Continued Involvement; and Smart Growth and External Impact.

The task force adopted its final report on February 18, 2016. The report was approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on May 13, 2016. Documents related to SPTF activities are archived within myUCA’s SPARC channel.

SPTF Membership

MemberCapacityDivision/College/Department
Nancy ReeseOutgoing SPARC Chair, Co-Chair SPTFCollege of Health & Behavioral Sciences
Tammy RogersIncoming SPARC Chair, Co-Chair SPTFCollege of Business
Ben RowleyPresident, Faculty SenateCollege of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Kaye McKinzieVice-President, Faculty SenateCollege of Business
Colin StantonPresident, Staff SenateStudent Services
Kevin CarterVice-President, Staff SenatePhysical Plant
Zach CarterPresident, SGAStudent Representative
Corey ParksVice-President, SGAStudent Representative
Tyra PhillipsStaff RepresentativeHuman Resources
Aaron KnightStaff RepresentativeDivision of Advancement
Kathy ClaybornStaff RepresentativeCareer Services
Chris DavisStaff RepresentativeInformation Technology
Kayla McIntoshSGA RepresentativeStudent Representative
Steve RungeProvostAcademic Affairs
Steve AddisonDeanAcademic Affairs
Stephanie BellarDeanAcademic Affairs
Victoria Groves-ScottDeanAcademic Affairs
Michael HargisDeanAcademic Affairs
Jimmy IsheeDeanAcademic Affairs
Maurice LeeDeanAcademic Affairs
Terry WrightDeanAcademic Affairs
Diane NewtonPresident's DesigneeFinance & Administration
Kelley ErstinePresident's DesigneeChief of Staff
Jonathan GlennHLC CoordinatorAcademic Affairs
David KimFaculty RepresentativeCollege of Business
Tammy BensonFaculty RepresentativeCollege of Education
Holly LawsFaculty RepresentativeCollege Fine Arts & Communication
Julie MeauxFaculty RepresentativeCollege of Health & Behavioral Sciences
Jacob HeldFaculty RepresentativeCollege of Liberal Arts
Steve O'ConnellFaculty RepresentativeCollege of Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Renee LeBeau-FordFaculty RepresentativeUnaffiliated Faculty
Courtney MullenDirector of AdmissionsAdmissions
Brad TeagueDirector of AthleticsAthletics
Shelia VaughtBoard of TrusteesBoard of Trustees
Brad LacyBoard of TrusteesBoard of Trustees
Greg MurrySuperintendent, Conway Public SchoolsCommunity
Linda LinnCo-Owner Linn's Auto Inc.Community
David GrimesCFO American Management CorporationCommunity

SPTF Subcommittees

UCA’s Obligation to Students: Retention, Graduation, Common Experience

Subcommittee Charge

This committee is charged with recommending strategies for ensuring that every undergraduate student admitted to UCA has a full opportunity for success, including personal development, engagement with the UCA community, and earning a UCA degree.

The expectation is that the strategies recommended will lead to dramatic increases in retention and graduation rates. These strategies must include recommendations for (1) funding mechanisms adequate to support recommended activities, and (2) any needed changes in university policy, procedure, and practice.

Subcommittee Membership

Tammy Benson
Kevin Carter
Zach Carter
Clif Ford
Jonathan Glenn (subcommittee chair)
Vicki Groves-Scott
Jacob Held
Holly Laws
Renee LeBeau-Ford
Kayla McIntosh
Kaye McKenzie
Courtney Mullen
Greg Murry
Steve O’Connell
Corey Parks
Steve Runge
Colin Stanton
Shelia Vaught

Alumni Success and Continued Involvement

Subcommittee Charge

This committee is charged with developing measureable goals and recommending strategies for ensuring that each UCA graduate is competitive in the marketplace, including career satisfaction, compensation, and continued involvement with, and contribution to, the UCA community.

The expectation is that the strategies recommended will lead to dramatically enhanced value of the UCA degree to graduates. This enhanced value will increase UCA’s reputation as one of the top regional universities in the South and make UCA an even more attractive school of choice for able students. These strategies must include recommendations for (1) funding mechanisms adequate to support recommended activities, and (2) any needed changes in university policy, procedure, and practice.

Subcommittee Membership

Kelly Erstine
David Grimes
Aaron Knight (subcommittee chair)
Linda Linn
Tyra Phillips

Smart Growth and External Impact

Subcommittee Charge

This committee is charged with the development of guidelines for evaluating the desirability of strategic growth of existing programs, adding new programs, and fostering strategic research and outreach to the community.

The expectation is that the guidelines will lead to the identification of areas for targeted growth in new and existing programs and other initiatives. These guidelines must include considerations of (1) funding mechanisms adequate to support recommended activities, and (2) any needed changes in university policy, procedure, and practice. Should the committee identify specific programs or initiatives that meet the recommended guidelines, the committee report should include these programs or initiatives.

Subcommittee Membership

Stephen Addison
Stephanie Bellar
Chris Davis
Michael Hargis
Jimmy Ishee (subcommittee chair)
David Kim
Brad Lacy
Maurice Lee
Julie Meaux
Diane Newton
Ben Rowley
Terry Wright