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Strategic Plan

 

Mission Statement     (Top of Page)

The Center for Biotechnology & Genomics promotes and facilitates faculty and student research in biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, and molecular genetics. The Center provides technical support for research and a nucleus for interdisciplinary research and training initiatives at Texas Tech University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.

Vision Statement  

The Center for Biotechnology & Genomics will spearhead research and educational programs in cell and molecular biosciences by leading research initiatives to increase the competitiveness of researchers at Texas Tech University in this critical area.

Center for Biotechnology & Genomics will:

Center for Biotechnology & Genomics is committed to the values of:

Goals, Critical Success Factors, and Objectives (including Strategies and Assessments)


GOAL 1. Access and Diversity:     (TOP)

The Center will assist faculty to recruit, retain, and graduate a larger, more academically prepared, and diverse graduate and undergraduate student body for training in Biotechnology & Genomics-related fields.

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Objective 1.1

Provide undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students with increased research opportunities in biotechnology and genomics.

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Objective 1.2

Develop new interdepartmental graduate training programs in biotechnology and genomics that promote cooperative research and provide a basis for interdisciplinary research programs.

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Objective 1.3

Provide faculty and students with necessary technical resources to do state-of-the art research and increase capabilities of core instrumentation resources by procuring new equipment and upgrading of existing facilities.

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Objective 1.4

Recruit graduate students from non-traditional areas and under-represented groups.

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GOAL 2. Academic Excellence.

Attain national recognition for excellence in research and teaching in biotechnology and genomics.

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Objective 2.1

Establish biotechnology and genomics research as a major area of research strength at Texas Tech University..

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Objective 2.2

Optimize our technical capabilities and make them available to possible users.

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Objective 2.3

Develop focused graduate programs in biotechnology and genomics.

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Objective 2.4

Increase the number of faculty in this area to build on our research strengths.

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GOAL 3. Engagement.

The Center for Biotechnology & Genomics will provide technical resources to the West Texas community to build community and regional connections that enhance the quality of education and life.

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Objective 3.1

Strengthen ties with public institutions in the state and region.

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Objective 3.2

Increase the availability of technical resources to the West Texas community.

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GOAL 4. Technology.

The primary function of the Center for Biotechnology & Genomics is to provide researchers in the areas of molecular biology and biochemistry with access to critical research technologies.

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Objective 4.1

Increase effectiveness of center core facilities.

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Objective 4.2

Provide for effective for long-term upgrades in center capabilities to keep pace with the needs of researchers.

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GOAL 5. Partnerships.

Build collaborative relationships that generate increased research expenditures or other direct benefit to the university.

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Objective 5.1

Increase scientific communication between researchers at all area research institutions.

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Objective 5.2

Promote cooperative research between Texas Tech faculty and scientists at the TTUHSC, the USDA Plant Stress Lab, the Texas Agricultural Research Center, and other regional institutions.

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GOAL 6. Human Resources and Infrastructure.

The Center for Biotechnology & Genomics will enhance the quality of the work experience for center employees and provide the necessary resources for center activities and services.

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Objective 6.1

Establish center facilities in the new Experimental Life Sciences Building.

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Objective 6.2

Provide employees with the necessary tools to do their jobs.

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Objective 6.3

Ensure that equipment is properly maintained and available for use.

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GOAL 7. Tradition and Pride.

The Center will play a critical role in the establishment and maintenance of a tradition of innovative research in the molecular biosciences at Texas Tech University. Pride in our accomplishments, in our colleagues, and our institution will naturally follow.

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Objective 7.1

Make Texas Tech University the best place to be for research in Biotechnology & Genomics and let people know about it.

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GOAL 8. Financial Stability.

Center members will submit a sufficient number of new proposals each year to maximize the probability of new funding. The Center will achieve the research goals contained in its funded proposals so that the chances for continued funding will be high. The Center will maintain optimal enrollment in its graduate programs, providing a steady flow of formula funding and student fees. The Center will increase the efficiency of its core facilities so that user fees will cover an increased portion of operating costs.

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Objective 8.1

Financial stability for the center will be achieved by developing competitive proposal for extramural funding to support research and education programs.

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Objective 8.2

Participants in Center research and education projects will accomplish the goals of the project to optimize chances for renewal.

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Objective 8.3

Stable enrollment in the existing M.S. program in Biotechnology and new graduate programs will be maintained at a level sufficient to provide reliable formula funding.

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Objective 8.4

Increase efficiency of core facilities by increasing the percentage of core facility operating costs recovered by user fees.

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GOAL 9. Accountability.

The Center will establish a series of benchmarks for its externally funded research programs, its graduate education programs, its community outreach programs and its Core facilities.

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Objective 9.1

Intramural assessment of progress through benchmark goals.

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Objective 9.2

Survey students, internship providers and employers of Center graduate program, and core facility users to measure stakeholder satisfaction.

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