Monday Minute, October 10, 2011: Mission, Vision, and Thank You

Dear Colleagues,

Tom Headshot.jpgThanks to the faculty and staff who attended Friday's assemblies. I enjoyed having the opportunity to talk more about where our college stands - on everything from our budget to our strategic plans - and where we're headed in the future.

As a follow-up, below is a revised mission statement based on your feedback. This is who we are, this is our foundation - we act, we engage, we lead, we innovate, we educate, and we are now, and will always be, committed to these principles.

Through a unique commitment to creativity and advancing technologies, the College of Design at the University of Minnesota leads, innovates and educates in the full range of design fields by researching ongoing and emerging issues, exploring new knowledge, and addressing and solving real-world problems; all while adhering to socially responsible, sustainable, and collaborative design thinking.

We also discussed our vision. I look at this as a summary of where we must head over the next five years, so that our mission above can continue to ring true.

As one of the most comprehensive design colleges in the country, the College of Design will be the recognized leader in advancing transformative thinking and practice, and reinventing our disciplines and professions for a new century.

In order to prepare our students to confront the real challenges of our time, every College of Design graduate from the University of Minnesota will:

Be able to apply design thinking as a way to address issues big and small confronting the local and world community;

Understand and be prepared for the social, environmental, and economic ramifications of each problem they address and every decision they make in their work;

Not only be able to conceive unique ideas, but be capable of implementing those ideas through actionable plans, projects, or strategies.

Thanks again to all of those who attended. We will be talking more about who we are and where we're going in the days and weeks ahead as our college advisory board meets this Friday and as you have your departmental meetings. Have a terrific week.

- Tom