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Research and Graduate Studies (RGS) Strategic Planning

The Division of Research and Graduate Studies actively engages in a thoughtful and ongoing process of strategic planning aligned to that of the university which includes the development of strategic goals and measureable objectives that clearly align with the university’s Strategic Action plan, 2010-13.  Most recently, the Division has held strategic planning retreats in April of 2008 and August of 2010.  The 2010 meeting involved over 40 individuals representing wide ranging academic and support units.  That event resulted in the creation of a Divisional white paper entitled ECU's Response to Our Region's Grand Challenges


Subsequently, the Division developed a new Strategic Plan for 2010-13 which aligns with ECU’s Strategic Action Plan and derives from the collective strategic planning activities of its constituent departments.  In the aggregate these Divisional planning efforts involved 15 units, 32 meetings and workshops, and well over 150 individuals. 


The Division's plan emphasizes five strategic goals: 1) Increase Research Productivity, 2) Expand Research Opportunities for Students, 3) Expand the Application of Research and Engagement to Benefit the Region, 4) Improve Research Infrastructure and Support Services, and 5) Address the Need for Diversity within the Division.  


Each of the Division's departments also has engaged in a strategic planning process that aligns their 2010-13 priorities with ECU and Divisional directions.  These Plans include:  


The Graduate School

The Office of Undergraduate Research

The Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development

The Office of Sponsored Programs

The Office of Grants and Contracts

The Office of Research Compliance and Administration

The Office of Human Research Integrity

The Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

The Institute for Coastal Science and Policy

The Center for Sustainable Tourism

The Center for Health Disparities Research

The North Carolina Agromedicine Institute

RENCI Engagement Center at ECU

UNC Coastal Studies Institute