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"Strategic Positioning / Transforming the U" Materials  [114]

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Historical note: In September 2004, President Robert Bruininks announced the launch of a systemwide self-assessment and planning process known initially as "strategic positioning." The goal was to make the University of Minnesota "one of the top three public research universities in the world within a decade."

Collection description: Documentation of the Strategic Positioning effort was shared broadly with the University community and the public via the University's website. This documentation includes reports, charge letters, presentations, publicity materials, and the project websites themselves. Of particular value are the drafts and final versions of the reports of the task forces, whose recommendations became the basis for decisions about the future of the University. Many of those recommendations and reports are available here for searching and download.

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The University of Minnesota Is on the Move

University of Minnesota. Office of University Relations (University of Minnesota, 2006-11)

Advancing the Public Good: Transforming the University of Minnesota into a World-Class Research University: Academic Initiatives Update

University of Minnesota: Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; Sullivan, E. Thomas (University of Minnesota, 2007)

Achieving Excellence: Academic Strategic Positioning 2005–2010

University of Minnesota: Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost (University of Minnesota, 2011)
In late 2004 the University of Minnesota launched a comprehensive strategic positioning effort. On March 11, 2005, the Board of Regents unanimously approved the goal to be one of the top three public research universities ...

Transforming the U Progress and Impact

Bruininks, Robert H. (University of Minnesota, 2011)
Strategic alignment—between aspirations and goals; between goals and strategies; and between strategies and specific priorities and decisions—is absolutely essential to truly transformative ensure that the ...

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