Most Important Factor in Departmental Success
- At 4-year and master's institutions curricula, teamwork, recruitment and partnerships were considered important for success.
- At PhD granting institutions recruitment was the most important followed by curricula and partnerships.
- At 2-year institutions curricula was the most important factor for success.
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Of the seven items listed below, which one would you choose as the single most important measure or indicator of departmental success?
- Defining the mission of the department in such a way that it is aligned with the institution vision.
- Taking a proactive stance in building modern and dynamic geoscience curricula and, as appropriate, research agendas.
- Working effectively as a department team.
- Acknowledging that recruitment, development, and retention of students, faculty, and staff are key elements of departmental success and working effectively in these areas.
- Developing strong departmental leaders now and for the future.
- Communicating success, using effective metrics, to colleagues, senior administrators, students, donors, and friends.
- Forging strategic partnerships within the university (e.g., with biosciences, engineering, environmental studies, or geography) and outside the university (e.g., employers or alumni).