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Strategic Plan

May 2010 – May 2015

Strategic planning is critical to the College and the individual Schools and Departments within the College. Planning allows us to thoughtfully use our resources in ways that ultimately move the School in strategic directions. This five-year plan guides our day-to-day operational and resource decisions, keeping those decisions in the context of the longer-term goals. Creating a plan involves listening to many ideas from stake holders, then, assembling the ideas into a cohesive framework that supports the mission and vision of the School of Engineering. This plan has had input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, and advisory councils, and the departments will support this plan with their own strategic plans. The Strategic Themes, Goals, and Initiatives presented here are underpinned by careful enrollment planning, revenue planning, and benchmarking best practices.

Terminology

Strategic Theme – a broad category that describes the aim of several goals within the strategic plan.
Strategic Goal – a target that is set out in the strategic plan. Several initiatives may be needed to achieve a goal. The achievement of a goal should be reported with defined assessment metrics.
Strategic Initiative – a specific set of actions that work toward achieving a strategic goal

School of Engineering Mission
The mission of the School of Engineering is to develop highly competent professionals, preparing them for entry-level positions in engineering or teaching, or for further study in graduate or professional school. Allied with the College’s mission, the School of Engineering is proud of its public service mandate to educate leaders of New Jersey and the nation, fostering intellectual growth of our students so that they may become productive citizens in the service of humanity. The School is dedicated to providing a dynamic learning environment that emphasizes open-ended design, problem-solving skills, teaming, communication, and leadership skills.

To accomplish its mission, the School of Engineering:

  • Offers a broad array of exceptional academic programs including: civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering science (biomedical and engineering management), and STEM education;
  • Engages students in creating innovative design solutions that include realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, sustainability, and global considerations, and disseminating these designs at national and regional venues;
  • Provides undergraduate research experiences, allowing students to work closely with members of the faculty; and
  • Employs highly dedicated faculty members who are effective teacher-scholars committed to maintaining a learner-centered undergraduate environment with emphasis on student mentoring.

Vision Statement:
The College of New Jersey’s School of Engineering: a recognized leader in engineering education.

Strategic Themes
Grouping strategic goals into thematic areas allows the School to focus on a variety of initiatives that support the themes, making progress in a parallel fashion. The following three themes coalesced from the variety of ideas generated in many strategic planning sessions: I. Academic Excellence, II. Premier Facilities, and III. Cultivation of Community. For each theme, specific strategic goals have been developed.

Academic Excellence
Perhaps the most important responsibility for a faculty is the curriculum. As experts in the field, faculty members design the curriculum to create a pathway for a novice to become a competent professional. The various curricula in the School of Engineering span a range of specialty areas – from classic engineering disciplines like civil engineering to new, interdisciplinary disciplines like biomedical engineering – from elementary education teachers to secondary education teachers, preparing them to become agents of change that will bring about increased interest in the engineering field. With the amazing pace of technological advancement, the School of Engineering needs to continue its tradition of quickly evolving curricula to meet the demands of the fields while maintaining or increasing the quality of the programs offered.

Goal #1: Enhance curricular experiences and flexibility for students
Metrics: Creation of “thematic options” across disciplines (e.g. green engineering track, research track, etc.), increased variety of special topic electives, increased interdisciplinary courses and curricula
Goal #2: Enhance support for the teacher-scholar model
Metrics: Increased faculty scholarship, increased student scholarship
Goal #3: Establish the Biomedical Engineering Department
Metrics: Accreditation by ABET, recruitment of faculty
Goal #4: Integrate international issues into the curriculum, recognizing the global nature of the engineering field
Metrics: Increased student involvement in study abroad, articulation agreements with international hosts, increase hosting of international students

Premier Facilities
Armstrong Hall has served us well, however, with the recent increase in enrollment and the number of programs offered, space has become a premium. Moreover, Armstrong Hall was configured prior to the College’s Academic Transformation, in which the teacher-scholar model was implemented; there is a need for additional research and project space to support our faculty and students. Additionally, the academic structure of the School has changed significantly over the past decade with the addition of new degrees and departments. It is important that comprehensive space utilization and equipment acquisition plans be created. The space utilization plan needs to address overall space needs for the coming decades. The equipment acquisition plan needs to address replacement cycle requirements as well as future needs of the School.

Goal #1: Enhance and expand research space to support the teacher-scholar model
Metrics: Identification & creation of space for additional faculty research and faculty offices
Goal #2: Create additional facilities to support students
Metrics: Identification & creation of: additional student project support space, additional student gathering/ organization space, and additional space for student –faculty interaction
Goal #3: Develop and update laboratory facilities to enhance the curricula
Metrics: Augmented space for wet-lab facilities to support biomedical applications, materials science and other curricular initiatives, and enhance of controls and bioinstrumentation facilities
Goal #4: Develop equipment and instrumentation centers, emphasizing integration of facilities
Metrics: Identification & creation of space and equipment for specific centers including: design, prototyping, manufacturing, and validation

Cultivation of Community
The College of New Jersey deeply values the community of students, scholars, alumni, and other constituents. The School seeks to strengthen this strong network of constituents that: understands the importance of the mission of the School, advocates for us, helps us to continuously improve our programs, and fosters specific programmatic initiatives that cultivate the community.

Goal #1: Enhance the community experience for students and faculty
Metrics: Increased student involvement in School activities, increased faculty-student interaction, increased retention of students
Goal #2: Increase interaction with alumni
Metrics: Increased number of alumni attending School events, increased participation of alumni with students
Goal #3: Increase traditions
Metrics: Augment and sustain specific traditions that involve students, faculty members, and alumni
Goal #4: Enhance engineering education outreach
Metrics: Sustainability of a business model for the Center for Excellence in STEM Education, Enhance interaction with the K-12 community

School of Engineering Strategic Planning Committee
This document represents the collective work of the School of Engineering strategic planning committee who sought input from a variety of constituents including faculty, staff, students, and external advisors. Special thanks go to this group of dedicated people.

Dr. Brett Busha, Electrical and Computer Engineering (representing Biomedical Engineering)
Dr. Mattew Cathell, Technological Studies
Dr. Shou Rei Chang, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Orlando Hernandez, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Vedrana Krstic, Civil Engineering
Dr. Steven O’Brien, Technological Studies and Chair of the Committee
Dr. Alois Riederer, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Michael Shenoda, Civil Engineering
Dr. Karen Yan, Mechanical Engineering

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