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    Moving Forward On The Five Year Plan 2008-2013

    The final version of President Kenny’s Five Year Plan, bound in a kaleidoscope-patterned cover, is now available.

    This is the third Five Year Plan. The last two plans focused on changes that needed to be made to the university, while this plan focuses on the future.

    Through submitted comments and two public hearings, the administration reviewed questions and concerns raised by the campus community. The final version of the plan reflects many of the concerns raised.

    The additions to the plan include increasing the number of online courses offered, expanding programs with K-12 school districts and constructing an on-campus hotel to lodge research conferences, campus guests and visiting families.

    Not every objective discussed is as central to the plan. Online courses “are not a major initiative,” said Emily Thomas, Director of Planning and Institutional Research.

    Currently, online courses are offered for the nursing program and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.

    Construction of an on-campus hotel is much more of an undertaking. “This has been in the works for a while,” said Thomas. Currently guests stay at off-campus hotels or in dorm rooms when visiting. “It’s not like having something on campus,” said Thomas.

    Other objectives from the draft did not make the final version. The final plan does not include developing the Undergraduate Colleges and expanding them to include sophomore students.

    Additional items listed in the plan highlight the continuous difficulties on campus. Increased parking, efforts to encourage Stony Brook pride and emphasizing writing and speaking skills in undergraduate and graduate courses hope to tackle some of these concerns.

    Many of the objectives listed are vague. The plan maps out 12 principal goals including increasing the student body to 27,000, raising the arts to national prominence, developing Stony Brook as a multi-campus institution and moving towards a green campus.

    The plan was printed on 100 percent recycled paper and used soy-based ink; one step towards a green campus.

    The principal goals break down further into action steps. These steps ranged anywhere from 3 to 15 for each goal. Every action step describes a specific stride the university will take to help accomplish the goal.

    Each action step is now assigned to a senior administrator, or several administrators, according to Thomas. The administrator will meet with the departments and campus organizations directly affected by their step and discuss how to best complete the task. Once each step is mapped out, it will be submitted for the budget.

    Although the plan seems complex, time will tell if the different shapes will fall into place.

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