Texas Tech University, Department of Computer Science
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Strategic Objectives

Vision

The Texas Tech University Department of Computer Science will:

The Texas Tech University Department of Computer Science is committed to the values of:

 

Mission

The Department of Computer Science engages in the research, education, and service activities required to create and disseminate the knowledge of problem solving using computers.

 

Strategic Plan

Goal 1: Academic & Research Excellence − The flagship goal, critical to the success of the Department of Computer Science.

Critical Success Factors (measures the degree of success of the next 5 years):

Objectives:

Objective 1.1: Build Research Programs that enhance the academic reputation of the Department of Computer Science.

Strategies:

  • Develop nationally−recognized interdisciplinary labs.
  • Hold research days within the department to develop understanding of results among research groups.
  • Hold research workshops with other departments to identify interdepartmental relationships that need to be developed.
  • Develop significant ties with key federal and state agencies.
  • Recruit, hire, develop, and retain nationally−recognized faculty.

Assessments:

  • Increase to $100,000/FTE/year in research expenditures (currently ~$70,000).
  • Increase the number of per−year archival publications/citations by 10%.

Objective 1.2: Modernize and strengthen undergraduate and graduate programs.

Strategies:

  • Update and expand instructional labs.
  • Modify and improve the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Increase the size of the graduate program by focusing on Ph.D. student enrollment.

Assessments:

  • Equip a modern Unix−based lab facility.
  • Update Windows−based labs and make systems bootable to a Unix or Windows operating system.
  • Maintain a Ph.D. enrollment of 15−25 students.

Goal 2: Access & Diversity − Recruit, retain, and graduate a larger, academically prepared, and diverse student body.

Critical Success Factors (measures the degree of success over the next 5 years):

Objectives:

Objective 2.1: Improve retention and graduation rates.

Strategies:

  • Provide opportunities to apprentice the very best undergraduate and graduate students, outside the classroom.
  • Raise admission standards to increase average SAT/ACT scores.
  • Develop additional undergraduate−mentored research opportunities.
  • Increase undergraduate student participation in national regional programs and conferences.
  • Recruit national merit scholars and other distinguished high school graduates.
  • Implement an integrated marketing program that advances the university’s reputation.
  • Identify, enter, and pursue winning national academic/scholastic competitions.
  • Establish and implement performance standards for all academic programs.
  • Track and report the professional success of undergraduate students.
  • Increase the number of students affiliated with honor societies.
  • Provide support for honor society officers to attend national conferences.

Assessments:

  • Graduate 50−70 Computer Science majors per year.
  • Undergraduates have a mean SAT of 1200 or ACT equivalent.

Objective 2.2: Improve national ranking and reputation of graduate and professional programs.

Strategies:

  • Recruit 50% of our graduate students from other key disciplines in order to afford us the opportunity to compete for students outside the highly−competed and small pool of computer science graduates, while allowing us to import deep domain knowledge concerning the hard application areas of interest.
  • Develop additional graduate research opportunities.
  • Increase graduate student participation in national and regional programs and conferences.
  • Recruit distinguished college graduates.
  • Encourage and assist graduate students in applying for nationally−recognized scholarships and funded research opportunities.
  • Implement an integrated marketing program that advances the department’s reputation.
  • Establish and implement performance standards for all graduate programs.
  • Track and report the professional success of graduate students.

Assessments:

  • Number of funded research opportunities
  • Graduates have a mean GRE of 1200.

Goal 3: Partnerships − Build strategic partnerships and alliances to support the teaching, research, and service mission of the department.

Critical Success Factors (measures the degree of success over the next 5 years):

Objectives:

Objective 3.1: Increase the number of working partnerships with other departments and institutes on campus.

Strategies:

  • Promote working relationships with other colleges, departments, and the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.
  • Develop interdisciplinary lab organizations in Computational Mechanics and Materials, Human Centered Computing, and Intelligent Data Understanding.
  • Develop intradisciplinary labs inside the department to include researchers from the sub−disciplines that will be working together.
  • Identify the sub−disciplines in computer science and software engineering from which results are needed to address hard applications. Many of the hard application areas require significant advances in more than one sub−discipline.

Assessments:

  • Development of interdisciplinary lab organizations in Computational Mechanics and Materials, Human Centered Computing, and Intelligent Data Understanding.
  • Development of intradisciplinary labs inside the department to include researchers from the sub−disciplines that will be working together.

Objective 3.2: Forge and strengthen relationships with other institutions, labs, funding agencies, and industry.

Strategies:

  • Nurture relations with government labs and federal agencies.
  • Actively participate in University/College of Engineering interdisciplinary and strategic federal initiatives (Red Book Process).
  • Develop funds to invite visitors from other institutions, labs, and agencies for short and extended stays.
  • Identify hard application areas (i.e. in other disciplines) that will provide the best hard applications for testing the theories. Develop and expand relationships with Biology, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Psychology.
  • Work with Federal Agency counterparts in their efforts to identify key challenge problems to galvanize the computer science research community.
  • Increase in funded research projects.
  • Increased involvement of faculty in advising industry, agencies, and other institutions.

Goal 4: Resources and Infrastructure − Maintain a quality workforce and work environment and maximize the use of technology in the delivery of services.

Critical Success Factors (measures the degree of success over the next 5 years):

Objectives:

Objective 4.1: Recruit and retain top faculty and staff.

Strategies:

  • Increase the number of tenure/tenure−track faculty positions proportional to the increase in students and research.
  • Increase the number of minority hires to 20% of the turnover in faculty. Decrease the annual turnover rate to 10%.
  • Use appropriate benchmarks to bring faculty and staff salaries to parity.
  • Foster and environment where faculty and staff can achieve their potential.
  • Equalize faculty workloads.
  • Increase percentage of women and minority faculty.
  • Increase professional development for all employees.
  • Provide necessary equipment and technology.

Assessments:

  • Add faculty and staff positions until full complement exists.

Objective 4.2: Improve and modernize facilities.

Strategies:

  • Update technology in a systematic manner yearly.
  • Maximize the utilization of existing space resources.
  • Maximize the use of technology.
  • Renovate the existing facilities.
  • Obtain funding for a new building.
  • Add instructional and research lab space.

Assessments:

  • Produce and implement equipment replacement plan that retires equipment on a five−year schedule.
  • Renovate existing facilities by 2003.

Goal 5: Department Development & Marketing − Enhance the fiscal stability through development activities that support students, faculty, and college operations.

Critical Success Factors (measures the degree of success over the next 5 years):

Objectives:

Objective 5.1: Increase the amount of unrestricted funds for the department.

Strategies:

  • Identify endowments for scholarships and chairs.
  • Increase annual giving of alumni.
  • Increase the visibility of the department.
  • Design and implement strategic marketing, advertising, and promotion campaigns that highlight the department and its people.

Assessments:

  • New informative brochures and websites.
  • Work with college and university efforts to obtain new endowments.
  • Amount of funding.

Objective 5.2: Develop graduate recruiting materials.

Strategies:

  • Target recruitment materials for graduates of other disciplines.
  • Visit universities in the region to recruit their graduates.

Assessments:

  • Increase the number of domestic graduate students from other universities.
  • Recruit a larger number of Texas Tech University graduates.

Goal 6: Engagement − Build community connections that enhance the quality of life for students and the community.

Critical Success Factors (measures the degree of success over the next 5 years):

Objectives:

Objective 6.1: Become a recognized resource for the region.

Strategies:

  • To be a significant contributor to regional economic and workforce development.
  • Maintain the role of the Department of Reese Technology Center.
  • Increase the students’ design project involvement with local industry.

Assessment:

  • Number of student and research projects that benefit the region.

Goal 7: Tradition and Pride − Develop a national image based upon Texas Tech traditions and pride in Texas Tech achievements.

Critical Success Factors (measures the degree of success over the next 5 years):

Objectives:

Objective 7.1: Strengthen the pride and prestige associated with all Texas Tech programs and activities.

Strategies:

  • Increase the number of faculty on boards of national technical societies with the intent of bringing their national meetings to Texas Tech.
  • Increase alumni participation in college activities so that a minimum of 1/3 of our graduates in the most recent 10−year period have established a working relationship with their departments or the college.
  • Utilize university regional development staff to implement events hosted by the department in their city.

Assessment:

  • Increase the number of faculty on boards of national technical societies with the intent of bringing their national meetings to Texas Tech.