Strategic Planning Accomplishments 2001 -- 2002

Initiative 1: People

  • Created a Special Presidential Task Force on Institutional Diversity and Equity
  • Recognized 10 staff members through Tulane's First Annual Staff Excellence Awards
  • Extended Domestic Partner Benefits to eligible same-sex domestic partners of Tulane employees
  • Conducted a Benefits Survey of all Tulane employees as part of the review of Tulane's benefit structure
  • Tulane School of Law named one of the most racially diverse student bodies among law schools in the country

Initiative 2: Education and Research

  • Average SAT score for incoming Fall 01 Freshman class: 1326; 65% ranked in the top 10% of their high school class
  • Average MCAT score for incoming Fall 01 1st year School of Medicine class: 31; national average score: 24
  • Completed School of Architecture reaccredidation
  • Completed School of Law reaccredidation
  • Completed School of Engineering reaccredidation
  • Initiated Presidential Symposia in the areas of Infectious Diseases (Fall 01) and Neurosciences (Spring 02)
  • Initiated self-studies of the Graduate School programs
  • Awarded $.9 million in Wall Fund grants to 3 projects focused on Faculty Development and Recognition, Technology Transfer Infrastructure, the Undergraduate Experience and Staff Development
  • Surveyed faculty to identify barriers to cross-campus collaboration in research and began to address areas of concern
  • A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane School of Law ranked in the top 40 business schools (US News & World Report)
  • Environmental Law Program ranked 7th in the nation (US News & World Report)
  • Increased total sponsored research awards by 26.2%

Initiative 3: Community

  • Established committee to coordinate campus-wide master planning.
  • Renovated School of Architecture's design studios; upgraded technology infrastructure
  • Renovated and rededicated the Walter E. Blessey Hall (Civil Engineering Building)
  • Secured lead gift for University Center renovation
  • Began utilization of Uptown Square campus
  • Completed master planning for Middle Campus and residential facilities
  • Acquired use of the former Coca-Cola warehouse as a multi-purpose storage facility for campus libraries, Newcomb Art Gallery, and Amistad Research Center
  • Established an Executive MBA program in Houston, Texas
  • Established a satellite campus of University College in Biloxi, Mississippi; opened Fall 02
  • Began implementation of university branding strategies (university logo, unified websites)
  • Formed an ad hoc Bioterrorism Task Force to offer guidance to the university and community in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks
  • Continued to strengthen and expand new and existing strategic partnerships and alliances to promote education and research, technology transfer, and economic development in Louisiana and the region:
    • Individual Development Account Collaborative of Louisiana
    • Community Service and Service Learning Programs (Xavier University of Louisiana and Dillard University)
    • Tulane/Xavier Center for Substance Abuse (with LSU)
    • Tulane/LSU Cancer Center
    • General Clinical Research Center (Tulane, LSU, Charity Hospital)
    • Tulane Missile Defense Project (Tulane and Xavier)

Initiative 4. Resources and Leadership

  • Finalized the Decentralized Management Center model, completed phase one of 3-year implementation process
  • Installation of Tulane Wireless Initiative on both campuses near completion
  • Reorganized duties and reporting structure of President's Cabinet to better reflect major organizational functions
  • Filled 5 key administration and academic vacancies:
    • John Lawson, VP for Technology/Chief Information Officer
    • Pierre Beukens, Dean, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
    • Michael Herman, Dean, Graduate School
    • Cynthia Lowenthal, Dean, Newcomb College
    • Ron Marks, Interim Dean, School of Social Work
    • T.R. Kidder, Interim Dean, Tulane College
  • Created a new senior level position to focus on strategic area of research and research funding (Associate Senior Vice President for Research)
  • Raised $66M, including $5.4M for Annual Fund
  • Increased the number of annual fund donors to the university by 11%
  • Implemented an Emergency Preparedness/Disaster Mitigation program in coordination with the Office of Federal Emergency Management Assistance (FEMA)
  • Opened the Center for Library User Education through the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library to advance information literacy across campus


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