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President Bruininks.

President Bruininks presented strategic positioning recommendations for the U in May based on work and meetings over several months. The plan was accepted by the Board of Regents June 10.

Riding a wave of support

Strategic positioning implementation task forces forming

From Brief, June 29, 2005

Riding a wave of support for positive change, the administration is now at work shaping task forces to implement the U's plan to become one of the top three public research universities in the world. Recommendations were approved by the Board of Regents June 10 in an 11-1 vote. During months leading up to the vote, the plan was also supported by the University Senate, the deans council, the University of Minnesota Alumni Association, and the governor.

In July, an estimated 20 task forces and chairs will be identified by the president and provost, along with senior leaders to oversee primary areas of implementation. Task force members are expected to be named in August, and issues and objectives for their work identified. Task force membership will include appropriate mixes of faculty, staff, students, and representatives from outside the U, depending on each task force focus.

Timelines may vary based on assignment, but most groups will carry out research, gather input, and write and submit reports by December. Updates and information will be posted on the strategic positioning Web site as they become available.

Highlights on strategic positioning from the UMNnews archive

State of the U highlights access, support, and innovation (March 2)
Among the best in the world (March 26)
Moving forward (March 30)
Excellence attracts excellence (M, spring 2005)
Pawlenty praises plan to become world leader (April 13)
President Bruininks releases next step for future of the U (May 6)
Robert Jones talks about General College (May 6)
Weighing in on the plan (May 19)
Forging a bright future (M, summer 2005)
U Board of Regents approves new strategic direction (June 10)

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