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Overarching Goal: Foster an environment, provide infrastructure, and appropriate resources to do state-of-the art applied research, involving students in shared discovery and creation of knowledge, changing the nature of learning; valuing the creative and scholarly contributions of faculty and students, valuing knowledge.


  • Workload Re- Allocation: By limiting WTU to 9 and allocating time for research and proposal development and by the RTP process.
  • Infrastructure & Sustained Faculty Support:
    • Cultural change on all fronts: Change the CSU role in the Master Plan so research resources can be budgeted- use industry workforce needs as leverage for legislative lobbying for change. Use professional/industry supported projects for increasing resources and “real world” understanding;
    • Research is necessary for good teaching/learning, research and discovery need to be integrated into curriculum; resource allocation and success needs to be moved away from numbers to quality of the educational experience.
    • Required resources and support must be available at all levels: Change resource allocation policies, budget for support personnel for laboratories, budget for maintenance and renewal of resources, licenses, and equipment;
    • Ongoing rewards/support required: Develop mechanism to continue supporting faculty after the initial period. Provide funds for laboratory development, research project development, research support on an ongoing basis.
    • Develop funding mechanisms such as consortiums and (UC Discovery type) matching grants.
    • Develop IP rights, licensing, patents process and knowledge base, as well as personnel to help PIs and faculty. Encourage invention disclosures.
  • Internal & External Communication & Collaboration
    • Increase Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Collaborations: Change mind set to enable collaboration,
      a) on campus,
      b) among institutions,
      c) with the outside community and industry
    • Use Web to inform of opportunities/expertise for communication with constituents
      e.g. REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates), research projects, consortiums/collaboration w/industry, other universities, and community projects.
    • Use research to develop transferable skills, networking skills, developing contacts for future, building relationships and bridges for:
      • Community Service,
      • Collaborative research
      • Student Success