The University of Toledo’s Path to Excellence

II. Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities

GOAL 1

Achieve national recognition for research excellence.

  1. Develop and implement a plan for national recognition in up to five areas of research excellence, building upon the University’s unique faculty strengths, assets and centers to support research excellence and opportunities for growth and development.
  2. Establish annual training/workshops for deans and department chairs (Academic Leadership Team) to develop and share strategies that best promote mentoring support and faculty research, scholarship and creative activities.
OUTCOMES BASELINE 2016 TARGET 2022 RESPONSIBILITY
Implement plan for two areas of excellence: biomedical and environmental sustainability research (spring 2018: implementation and investment plan, developed by the faculty, will be in place. 2022: implementation and investment plan will be 100% completed for its 5-year goal.) 0% completed 100% completed R&SP, Provost, President, appropriate deans and All Colleges
Additional areas of excellence to be identified, in collaboration with faculty, with plans for implementation (spring 2018: additional areas of excellence developed by the faculty will be identified with master plans for implementation. 2022: implementation and investment plan will be 100% completed for its 5-year goal.) 0% completed 100% completed R&SP, Provost, President, appropriate deans and All Colleges

GOAL 2

Increase the national prominence of faculty derived from their research, scholarship, and creative and performing arts activities.

  1. Empower faculty and staff to increase their national prominence through enhanced support services, training and policies that foster an enriched environment.
  2. Increase emphasis on faculty research, scholarship, productivity and excellence through the University, college and departmental merit, promotion and tenure guidelines and elaborations.
  3. Customize faculty activity reporting software to collect information relating to the goals of the Strategic Plan.
  4. Promote and enhance recognition of faculty research, scholarship and creative activities.
  5. Increase the number of faculty publications in high-impact and high-profile journals, with program faculty identifying those journals relating to their disciplines.
  6. Encourage faculty and staff to pursue and accept prestigious fellowships and leadership positions in national and international professional organizations, and participate in national research and scholarship committees or work groups by recognizing these efforts as professional activity.
  7. Foster community engagement in research, creative activities and performing arts collaborations through an external community partner advisory board.
OUTCOMES BASELINE 2016 TARGET 2022 RESPONSIBILITY
UT's national ranking in research expenditures 190 160 R&SP, GR, COGS
UT's ranking in research and development expenditures among Ohio public research universities 6th 3rd R&SP, GR, COGS
Number of faculty publications in high-impact and high-profile journals, with program faculty identifying those journals relating to their disciplines Baseline will be determined when faculty activity reporting software becomes operational in AY 2017-18 Goal to be determined after establishment of baseline Provost, All Colleges, R&SP, IR
Number of faculty who are fellows of selected national societies, hold leadership positions in national organizations, or serve on national grant-review panels or study groups Baseline will be determined when faculty activity reporting software becomes operational in AY 2017-18 Goal to be determined after establishment of baseline Provost, All Colleges, R&SP, IR
Number of faculty and staff participating in local research and community engagement activities Baseline will be determined when faculty activity reporting software becomes operational in AY 2017-2018 Goal to be determined after establishment of baseline Provost, All Colleges, R&SP, SA, CE

GOAL 3

Reinvent and reinvest in research processes to improve productivity.

  1. Invest strategically in faculty and academic programs to maintain, in the next evaluation cycle, UT’s Carnegie Classification A national categorization of U.S. higher education institutions based on empirical data. as an R2 Doctoral Research University and Research Doctoral: Comprehensive Programs with Medical/Veterinary School.
  2. Enhance and foster interdisciplinary research by developing an annual UT Research Summit to increase internal collaboration and multidisciplinary efforts.
  3. Improve research infrastructure, including instrumentation and research resources.
  4. Increase the number of research professors at all levels (i.e., faculty members who are funded entirely on extramural funds), and develop policies and procedures to define roles and advancement paths.
OUTCOMES BASELINE 2016 TARGET 2022 RESPONSIBILITY
Carnegie Classification for UT's research activity and graduate programs R2 Doctoral Research University and Research Doctoral: Comprehensive Programs with Medical/Veterinary School R2 Doctoral Research University and Research Doctoral: Comprehensive Programs with Medical/Veterinary School President, Provost, R&SP, GR, COGS, IR
Investment in research support infrastructure Baseline will be determined after completion of assessment in summer 2017 Investment in research support infrastructure will be at the level of aspirational peers R&SP, Comp, IT, F&A
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Last Updated: 7/14/17