When the planets get aligned…
The Mayans already knew that 2012 was going to be special. Solar storms and planet alignments can provide a good metaphor for the level of activity that we are experiencing. In line with the "solar storms" metaphor, this year we have aggressively engaged in the transformation of our old collection of administrative software systems into a single integrated system that will benefit our institution in the longer term, but such a transition has certainly challenged our administrative resources this year. We are also preparing ourselves for a university reaccreditation visit by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), and in that process many of our activities had to be properly articulated into policy structures.
In relation with the "planet alignment" metaphor, this year marks the end of our current university strategic plan and the preparation of our next 5-year plan. It is in the context of our next strategic plan that we see great opportunity for "alignment." Our college has a well-documented track record in providing distinctive educational experiences, leading disciplinary innovation, investing in a vibrant school community, and engaging the needs of Indiana. That track record combined with the additional resources provided by the CAP Student Enhancement Fees, presents us with a promising new point of departure for our college.
As I prepare our college annual report, it is always very rewarding to look back into the last academic year and to see how much has been accomplished by our faculty, students, and staff. This year, such a humbling experience is combined with the eagerness triggered by our vision of the future.
As in previous years, this report has adopted the structure of our current University Strategic Plan and in such a way promotes integration and synergy through all our units. Next year the structure of our report will follow the structure of our next strategic plan.
We hope you will enjoy reviewing this report and share in our excitement and enthusiasm. This is truly a great time to be at The CAP.
Guillermo Vasquez de Velasco, PhD Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning Ball State University
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2008 CAP "Green Paper" on the Future of the College
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