Strategic Plan for Padnos College of Engineering & Computing
The mission of the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering
and Computing is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students in
engineering, computing, and OSH to become accomplished professionals;
to contribute to our professions through active scholarship in all its
forms; and to support the university and society with expertise,
leadership, and service.
The vision of the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering
and Computing is to:
Prepare students to compete in today's global economy by
emphasizing experiential learning a contemporary technical environment;
Prepare students for the future by emphasizing sound principles;
Emphasize a strong technical background enhanced by effective
Provide working professionals with the opportunity for continuous
Imbue students with a strong sense of "the public good"
and their own professional responsibility to the public good;
Strive to be an example and an inspiration to develop competence,
courage, and compassion with unquestioned integrity.
Our values reflect our education mission. We are an academic
community in a nation in which the intrinsic value of each individual
is taken as fundamental. Thus, we strive to provide an environment in
which each member of our academic community - student, staff member,
and faculty - can reach their fullest potential.
A planning committee was created with members from each of the
academic units, from student services, and from the dean's office.
This committee met to draft a strategic plan that was presented to
unit heads and to the college executive committee (made up primarily
of program chairs) for their input. With the high level of
uncertainty regarding the future of the college, we ultimately decided
to retain objectives from the previous college strategic plan that
mapped to the President's three commitments.
All three academic units, the dean's office, and student services
were involved in the creation of the strategic plan. These units will
be contributing to different objectives focused on retention and
graduation rates, improvements in the population of underrepresented
students, faculty, and staff, and an increase in access to activities
that support student, faculty, and community growth. We will
collaborate with the Provost's office to ensure adequate teaching
capacity and appropriate teaching spaces. Collaboration with the
Career Center will ensure our students continue to be successfully
employed upon graduation. Collaboration with the President's office
will support our external-facing centers (aMDI, ACI, DOER, EMC).
Collaboration with other colleges will be necessary to continue ABET
accreditation and increased participation in minors and
We have chosen to maintain most of our objectives from the previous
strategic plan because of the uncertainty regarding PCEC moving
forward. Now does not feel like the right time to make significant
changes. Because we are maintaining, rather than adding, major
readjustments are not needed.