Strategic Goal #2

Infuse the synthesis of research, outreach and engagement throughout all units and functions of SoHE in ways that lead to significant public value and build on our strategic partnership with Cooperative Extension.


  1. Continue to invest in integrated specialist positions and work in tandem with
    Cooperative Extension in developing hiring strategies for future vacant positions
    by 2014.
  2. Integrate graduate education to extension and engagement/extension programming through training opportunities and joint funding mechanisms.
  3. Develop new and flexible funding, creative financing, and staffing strategies to align emerging priorities with SoHE faculty expertise that can be mutually beneficial (e.g., gift funding opportunities, extramural grants, floating FTEs for non-Extension faculty members) to maximize existing resources and faculty talents.
  4. Develop a cohesive and unified plan to showcase SoHE’s outreach and engagement activities among Outreach Planning Council, departments, and centers in SoHE, and Cooperative Extension (regular meetings, annual reviews, website, coordinated efforts across the board, physical presence/space).

Objective Indicators

  • Policies and procedures for overseeing and documenting the strategic hiring of integrated specialists are developed by 2014 (strategy #1).
  • Written policies and procedures were developed jointly by key representatives of Extension and SoHE (strategy #1).These policies and procedures would include a) a means of flexible funding, b) staffing strategies, and c) creative financing models that will align SoHE expertise with Extension needs and which
    are mutually beneficial (strategy #3).
  • By 2020, 60% of SoHE graduate students complete their degrees with paid or unpaid Extension experiences (e.g., project work and training (strategy #2).
  • Coordinated work activities among OPC, departments, centers and Cooperative Extension are aligned with public need and produce evidence of public impacts (strategy #4).7
  • Established channels of informal and formal communication among the SoHE centers, departments, and OPC and Cooperative Extension.
  • Number of faculty and students engaged in outreach doubles by 2020 (strategy #2).
  • Number of (non-integrated) faculty and students engaged in Cooperative Extension (all strategies) increases 30% by 2020.
  • Financial and human resources for outreach and engagement are adaptable to public need (strategy #3).
  • Numbers of (particularly funded) projects at state, national, international levels that involve graduate students and/or incorporate community outreach and engagement components (strategy #2 and #4) doubles by 2020.