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About UMFK

University of Maine at Fort Kent • 23 University Drive, Fort Kent, ME 04743

2003-2008 Strategic Plan: Goals and Objectives

Priorities with Corresponding Goals and Objectives

  1. Promote and pursue UMFK's mission as a regional baccalaureate university serving the St. John Valley, northern Aroostook County, and the international community, as a result of its unique location.
    (Related Strategic Direction #8 in the UMS Strategic Plan)
    1. Support the achievement of UMFK's mission in teaching, learning, public service and scholarly activity. 
    2. Ensure institutional effectiveness. 
    3. Foster broad participation in institution priority setting and assessment efforts. 
    4. Ensure optimal positioning for UMFK for the 21st century through capitalizing on the strengths and opportunities of UMFK's unique location. 
  2. UMFK is committed to providing students with a high quality two and four year academic experience, incorporating emerging technologies.
    (Related Strategic Directions #1 & #3 in the UMS Strategic Plan)
    1. Assessing student demand and needs, UMFK will develop its present curriculum, and expand where appropriate, to ensure institutional viability. 
    2. Continue to develop the laboratory and instructional technology infrastructure necessary to support a mission which emphasizes student access to a 21st century learning environment. 
    3. Academic division will strategically grow in its instructional rank in order to continue UMFK's commitment to low student-faculty ratio. 
    4. Implement and foster the growth of sustainable "centers" tied to academic units, towards the purpose of supporting research and service appropriate to the needs of Northern Maine. 
    5. Academic units will continue to seek specialized accreditations and certifications where it is appropriate and indicative of program evolution. 
    6. Evaluate general education requirements to insure that the students are provided the opportunity to successfully compete and manage the complexities of a 21st century workplace and society. 
    7. The academic community will continue to develop alternative means of instruction to provide options for traditional students, and better serve non-traditional and underserved populations. 
  3. To attract and retain qualified faculty and staff, and support their accomplishments and professional development.
    (Related Strategic Directions #1 & #2 in the UMS Strategic Plan)
    1. Strengthen partnerships between Human Resources and hiring departments in order to improve efforts to recruit and hire well qualified faculty and staff. 
    2. Adequately support individual professional development activities, scholarly pursuits, and special projects of initiatives that strengthen and enhance personal professional development. 
    3. Increase opportunities for collegial sharing and exchange of information and ideas gleaned from development activities. 
    4. Reinitiate a regular and on-going program of campus-based professional development activities. 
    5. Strengthen and enhance orientation and mentoring of junior faculty and staff. 
  4. UMFK will embrace the distinct rural focus of its mission.
    (Related Strategic Direction #8 in the UMS Strategic Plan)
    1. Continue current, and focus future outreach efforts on integrating programming, both credit and non-credit bearing, with the community and community needs. 
    2. Strengthen the institution's sense of mission and values to more heartily embrace its rural tradition by re-examining and making the mission and vision statements more contemporarily relevant. 
    3. Encourage faculty and administration to utilize the University's rural existence as a positive catalyst in efforts to procure external funding. 
    4. Embrace the role the institution plays in promoting and manifesting the local culture through speakers, forums and the like. 
  5. Preserve, explore, celebrate and promote the bilingual/multicultural character of Maine's St. John Valley, a region where Acadian, French-Canadian, Franco-American, Native American and Euro-American cultures meet.
    (Related Strategic Direction #8 in the UMS Strategic Plan)
    1. Capitalize on the strengths and opportunities of UMFK's unique cultural setting. 
    2. Foster partnerships which strengthen regional cultural stewardship. 
    3. Enhance preservation of and access to regional cultural resources. 
  6. Enhance and reaffirm the role of Student Services as an integral component of social and academic development of all UMFK students.
    (Related Strategic Directions #1 & #7 in the UMS Strategic Plan)
    1. Continue to strengthen extra and co-curricular programming and athletic programming, encouraging a sense of community, civility, wellness and citizenship within the student body. 
    2. Upgrade, modernize and diversify student services to meet the needs of an increasing on-campus student population. 
    3. Assess the needs of the non-traditional student population. 
    4. Provide adequate career and postgraduate planning and placement services to the student population. 
    5. Improve the campus infrastructure to provide for student safety and security. 
    6. Ensure affordability and accessibility to campus services for the student population. 
  7. The University of Maine at Fort Kent should develop a systematic and specific approach to diversity strategies.
    1. Increase accessibility to specialize course offerings to accommodate and promote a diversity of thought and interest. 
    2. Develop strategies to celebrate diversity events. 
    3. Develop strategies to increase the diversity of the freshman student pool through the work of admissions. 
    4. Attract and retain faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. 
    5. Develop strategies to inform faculty and staff how to better understand and handle diversity issues and needs. 
  8. Reaffirm and strengthen the University's public service role though collaborative arrangements and partnerships in the St. John Valley, Aroostook County, State of Maine and beyond.
    (Related Strategic Direction #8 in the UMS Strategic Plan)
    1. Continue to strengthen existing partnerships with community and regional organizations and with the consortium (UMFK, UMPI, UMM). 
    2. Identify new areas in which the University can develop innovative partnerships to enhance community resources including culture, outdoor recreation, economic development, and other areas. 
    3. Study the feasibility of a Center for Sustainable Rural Development. 
    4. Increase regional and community involvement in institutional outreach activities. 
  9. Maintain and improve campus facilities, buildings and grounds to assist in providing an optimal teaching and learning environment.
    1. Update and implement the capital plan to complement and support the strategic planning process. 
    2. Increase awareness of a shared responsibility among students, staff and faculty for maintaining a clean and safe campus environment. 
    3. Maintain existing facilities, building and grounds to ensure functional working conditions and an attractive campus appearance. 
    4. Continue to renovate and remodel existing buildings and grounds to ensure safe and functional facilities to meet regulatory mandates. 
    5. Increase general purpose classrooms to meet academic program needs. 
    6. Continue to provide and maintain laboratories with equipment and technologies that maximize the teaching and learning experiences. 
  10. Generate external funding through private gifts.
    (Related Strategic Direction #9 in the UMS Strategic Plan)
    1. Continue and strengthen annual fund efforts.
    2. Initiate planned giving mailings and charitable gift annuity programs. 
    3. Develop the structure for an efficient development office staffing plan. 
    4. Hire a Director of Development through the consortium. 
  11. Work with the consortium to enhance educational quality and opportunity for students and communities we serve.
    (Related Strategic Directions #1 & #8 in the UMS Strategic Plan)
    1. Continue to work with the three institutions to define the consortium. 
    2. Establish and initiate graduate programs through the consortium. 
    3. Establish common General Education outcomes and requirements.