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The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith has a new vision statement and a five-year strategic plan, which includes four main initiatives.

The University of Arkansas System board of trustees approved both in a meeting last week. Under the new vision statement, the university "will be a national model for preparing students for workforce mobility through education and professional development while serving as a thought leader in the region for workforce training."

The five-year plan is the culmination of nearly two and a half years of work from focus groups, which included input from trustees, the state and the community, said UAFS Chancellor Paul Beran. He noted the university's mission -- preparing students to succeed in an ever-changing global world while advancing economic development and quality of place -- has not changed.

Under the plan, the university aims to:

• Increase the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of UAFS students.

• Provide an innovative and holistic educational experience for students with a focus on academic opportunities supporting economic growth and development.

• Increase workplace productivity, collaboration and innovation by fostering and championing professional growth and development for university faculty and staff.

• Strategically align resources to support university objectives.

NW News on 11/14/2017

Print Headline: UAFS gets new five-year plan, vision

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