Vision and Strategic Plan
The process of developing a strategic plan is hard work. It is work, however, that the faculty, staff, alumni, students and associates of the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA) committed to with enthusiasm and insight. The process produced an inspired Strategic Plan and drew the college together as an even stronger CAPLA community.
While we have finalized the writing of the new CAPLA Strategic Plan, innovations will continue to emerge from our college as we implement the Aspirations, as outlined below, over the next seven to 10 years.
This is an important and exciting time at CAPLA. Our Strategic Plan is designed to embrace critical opportunities, both within the built environment and in higher education for the design and planning professions. In partnership with our colleagues across campus, the professions we represent, the industries we connect with, and the students we educate for future practice, we will embrace the grand challenge of our vision, Building a Changing World.
MAKE CAPLA A LEADER IN BUILT ENVIRONMENT INNOVATION
Objective 1: Place the Built Environment grand challenges among the university’s highest priorities and increase CAPLA leadership and visibility in the area.
Objective 2: Aggressively communicate and leverage our successes beyond the university to expand collaboration and partnership opportunities.
Objective 3: Recruit, retain, and support successful students who can actively contribute to CAPLA and the community, and who will actively contribute to changing the built environment upon graduation.
Objective 4: Recruit, retain, and support successful faculty and staff who will actively contribute to the College, the University, and the Community by addressing the challenges of the built environment.
DO TRANSFORMATIONAL RESEARCH
Objective 1: Dramatically increase grant funding and large project grants led by CAPLA faculty.
Objective 2: Increase mechanisms to support and foster the ongoing professional development of our faculty and researchers.
Objective 3: Align resources to enable quality research by CAPLA faculty.
CREATE A TRANSFORMATIONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Objective 1: Create curriculum to address the future needs of built environment professionals.
Objective 2: Create infrastructure and facilities to support teaching and collaboration.
Objective 3: Strengthen the link between research and teaching/learning.
Objective 4: Cultivate a community of lifelong learners and meaningful interaction with alumni beyond graduation.
Objective 5: Support diversity in teaching modes and support hands-on engagement with the world.
EMBRACE LAND GRANT STATUS AS SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY TO ENRICH TEACHING, RESEARCH, AND SERVICE IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
Objective 1: Leverage the Drachman Institute’s reputation and resources for community engagement and focus on community-based applied projects.
Objective 2: Make engagement work a recognized part of CAPLA promotion success.
Objective 3: Develop more robust and effective community and global partnerships.
MAKE CAPLA A LEADER IN INCLUSIVE EXCELLENCE
Objective 1: Recruit, support, and retain successful students who reflect the future of Arizona and the communities we serve.
Objective 2: Reinforce an inclusive and respectful environment where all faculty, administrators, staff, students, and outside partners contribute to CAPLA’s success.
Objective 3: Prioritize wellbeing, equity, and diversity as a central tenant of CAPLA culture in all our activities.