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DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE
STRATEGIC PLAN (2009-2014)

MISSION

The Department of Political Science is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, and service, and to offering an undergraduate curriculum designed to provide students with a solid foundation and broad understanding of the discipline of political science, and to allow students to specialize in areas of particular substantive interest. Our M.A. program is intended for students who may wish to pursue the Ph.D. at a later point, and for those who wish for an enriched understanding of political science to bring to their future employment in the public or private sector. Our masters program in public administration produces well trained public servants, and our doctoral program in political science develops sophisticated, skilled scholars and researchers. We provide services to local, regional, and state public agencies through our Center for Public Service, and the Lewis and Maxine Earl Survey Research Laboratory.

VISION

The Department of Political Science aspires to the highest national standards in teaching, research, and service, while maintaining an educational and professional atmosphere of diversity and inclusiveness at all levels. We look to increase the popularity of our undergraduate major, to make our graduate programs nationally recognized programs of choice, and to serve our students, profession, and community in diverse ways.

Department of Political Science Core Values

STRATEGIC GOALS, BENCHMARKS, and OBJECTIVES

INVEST IN THE PEOPLE OF TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY

Goal 1. Access and Diversity: Recruit, retain, and graduate a larger, more academically prepared, and more diverse student body in the Department of Political Science.

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Objective 1.1: Increase the number of minority students among our majors.

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Objective 1.2: Increase financial support for minority students.

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Objective 1.3: Increase the number of high-quality students among our majors.

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Objective 1.4: Increase the number and quality of graduate students.

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Goal 2. Human Resources and Infrastructure: Increase and use resources to recruit and retain quality faculty and staff and to support an optimal work environment.

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Objective 2.1: Encourage, support, and reward efforts to hire, promote, and retain excellent and diverse faculty, academic professionals, and staff.

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Objective 2.2: Secure the funds for an endowed chair in Political Science.

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Objective 2.3: Increase the number of tenure track faculty.

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Objective 2.4: Reduce turnover among faculty and staff.

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Objective 2.5: To ensure that all employee training programs are completed.

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Objective 2.6: Increase faculty diversity.

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Objective 2.7: Improve staff situations.

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ENRICH THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Goal 3. Undergraduate Teaching and Learning: Provide excellent instruction and attain or exceed expected learning outcomes in our undergraduate programs.

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Objective 3.1: Enhance the quality of our undergraduate teaching.

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Objective 3.2: Provide high quality advising to undergraduate students.

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Objective 3.3: Develop a faculty/student research program for undergraduates.

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Goal 4: Graduate and Professional Education: Provide excellent instruction and attain or exceed expected learning outcomes in our graduate programs.

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Objective 4.1: Provide high quality advising to graduate students in Political Science.

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Objective 4.2: Provide high quality advising to graduate students in the MPA program.

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Objective 4.3: Maintain accreditation of our MPA program.

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Objective 4.4: Increase the visibility of our graduate programs.

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Objective 4.5: Develop faculty incentives for graduate student recruitment.

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Objective 4.6: Continue to support graduate students with travel, and dossier preparation funds.

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Objective 4.7: Provide additional funds for graduate student support.

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Goal 5. Engagement: Provide scholarly outreach opportunities that contribute to students' learning and that benefit our communities, the state, and nation.

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Objective 5.1: Broaden alliances between Political Science at TTU and at other institutions.

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Objective 5.2: Continue to make effective use of the Center for Public Service.

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Objective 5.3: Nurture the new MPA program alliances.

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Objective 5.4: Develop more relationships with the private sector.

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Objective 5.5: Increase Participation in Latin American and Iberian Studies and Russian Area Studies interdisciplinary programs.

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ADVANCE RESEARCH AND CREATIVE ENDEAVORS

Goal 6. Research Productivity: Increase research productivity and funding for all areas of inquiry within the department.

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Objective 6.1: To become a department recognized for its quality and quantity of research.

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Objective 6.2: Provide opportunities for faculty development.

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Objective 6.3: To achieve a greater number of interdisciplinary and collaborative proposals.

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STRENGTHEN PARTNERSHIPS

Goal 7. Partnerships: Build strategic partnerships and alliances with communities, government, business, industry, and schools, colleges, and universities.

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Objective 7.1: Increase internal awareness of the activities of the Department of Political Science.

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Objective 7.2: Increase external awareness of the activities of the Department of Political Science.

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Objective 7.3: Fully engage the Center for Public Service in community, regional, and state-wide activities, and develop a brochure that outlines the activities and resources of the Center.

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Objective 7.4: Establish research programs with community entities.

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Objective 7.5: Become more engaged in distance education activities.

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Objective 7.6: Develop a full-service survey research facility.

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Objective 7.7: Establish and maintain excellent relations within the public and business communities, and various governmental agencies.

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