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Dean’s Office - Dean’s Action Plan


Dean’s Action Plan

January, 2010


The University of Maine is facing challenges that are unprecedented in its recent history. As an institution, we are in the process of rethinking what we are and what we hope to be in the future. Self-examination is healthy for any institution and the goal of this self-assessment is to emerge as a stronger UMaine. However, the financial exigencies that are driving this rethinking require that the change process take place at a rapid pace. UMaine will change. We must move quickly if we want this change to be strategic.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is at the center of the university. The college, therefore, will change with the institution.  The college needs to evolve in ways that are true to its mission as articulated in the mission statement (copied below).  While this statement provides guidance for decision-making, the breadth and inclusiveness of the language, limit its utility in the current circumstances.

As the college moves through this period of rapid transition, it is important that we not lose sight of our mission and that we have a vision of how we want to change. The following five action items will help us move forward while remaining true to our mission.

Action Items

Innovation and Opportunity

My vision for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requires that we be innovative, that we aggressively pursue support for our programs, and that we move quickly to take advantage of opportunities as they present themselves to us so that we can move in the directions we choose. CLAS is not an independent entity. To achieve our goals we must work with partners from outside the college and outside the university.

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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
100 Stevens Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1954
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System