Strategic Initiative Funding

Using the University’s mission and vision statements as guides, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Initiatives will facilitate the processes for implementing and evaluating strategic initiatives geared toward achieving the five “Envisioning 2024” goals. These processes involve various stakeholder groups across the university campus community. The following information will be helpful in understanding the implementation and evaluation processes:

The table serves as links to the various sections: process, proposal requirements, timeline, criteria, submit a pre-proposal, submit a full proposal, related committees, and IRP resources.
Process
Proposal Requirements
Timeline
Criteria
Submit a Pre-Proposal
Submit a Full Proposal
Related Committees
IRP Resources

2017-2018 Awardees and Visionaries

During the 2017-2018 strategic initiative funding cycle, nearly 100 pre-proposals were submitted and reviewed by strategic goal committees, resulting in 15 funded projects. These initiatives were funded because of their strong alignment with the university’s strategic plan - Envisioning 2024. Interviews with awardees and visionaries are posted on the Envisioning 2024 site. Details of the funded proposals are included in the annual report.

 

2018-2019 Strategic Initiative Annual Report

2018-2019 Awardees and Visionaries

During the 2018-2019 strategic initiative funding cycle, more than 30 pre-proposals were submitted and reviewed by strategic goal committees, resulting in 8 funded projects. These initiatives were funded because of their strong alignment with the university’s strategic plan - Envisioning 2024. Summaries of the eight funded initiatives are shared below:

Operational Excellence Development Program

Goal 3: Improving Structural & Operational Effectiveness - This initiative builds on the existing expertise in the School of Business and School of Engineering to develop an accessible professional development program for USD employees focused on improving process effectiveness across the campus operations. The program will employ project-based learning for operational staff, supervisors, managers, and executives and provide certification for successful participants.

Awardees Dr. Simon Croom, Professor of Operations & Supply Chain Management, School of Business; Dr. Bradley Chase, Associate Professor of Industrial Engineering, School of Engineering; and Dr. Leonard Perry, Associate Professor, Industrial Engineering, School of Engineering.

Department Chair Leadership Development

Goal 4: Elevating Faculty & Staff Engagement - This initiative creates an internal Department Chair Leadership Program (DCLP) at USD to serve department chairs and other faculty interested in developing as leaders and to aid the transition from faculty to administration. The DCLP will help USD engage and develop faculty into leaders (goal four), creating a positive campus environment and filtering down to student learning (goal one). The program will develop campus leaders who value and promote diversity and inclusion (goal two).

Awardee - Dr. Lorri Sulpizio, Executive Director, Conscious Leadership Academy.

Launch of the USD Military Hub

Goal 5: Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation - This initiative establishes a USD Military Hub that will address the needs of the military community and deepen the work of various entities around campus. It will open the door for stronger military outreach and community partnerships through the development of united campus efforts: utilizing an interdisciplinary approach and maximizing on the expertise of the different schools, college, and departments, to educate the military population on higher education opportunities.

Awardee - Amanda Etter, Director, Military & Veterans Programs.

Empowering Community Changemakers

Goal 5: Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation - This initiative will unite the knowledge, expertise, and resources of the University’s faculty, staff, and students with those of other exemplary public interest-minded organizations in our San Diego community, and use these combined forces to empower San Diego citizens to learn about, monitor, and participate in government proceedings; impact the governmental decision making process; and advocate on issues that are important to them.

Awardee - Bridget Fogarty Gramme, JD, Administrative Director and Supervising Attorney, USD's Center for Public Interest Law.

USD Rome Center

 

Goal 5: Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation - This initiative expands USD's global footprint by establishing a USD Rome Center. The University currently has several programs in Italy that could be enhanced by a permanent USD presence in Rome. In addition, such a center would allow the opportunity to develop new initiatives in a city strongly linked to USD's Catholic identity.

Awardee - Dr. Denise Dimon, Associate Provost for International Affairs and Professor of Economics.

Co-creating the Future of Faith: The Role of Women in the Catholic Church

Goal 5: Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation - This initiative will support a sequence of three events to open the dialogue with the members of the Catholic community whose voices have long been neglected; engage high school youth in the process; and craft a message that can be shared with the diocese and beyond. The objective is to create tangible artifacts and recommendations for the future.

Awardee - Jeffrey Burns, Director Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture.

Urgent Challenges Collective: Homelessness and Food Insecurity

Goal 5: Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation - This initiative, the establishment of the Urgent Challenges Collective, creates new opportunities for faculty, students, staff, and community partners to become more engaged in addressing the issues of homelessness and food insecurity. Specifically, over the next two years, the Urgent Challenges Collective would work to coordinate USD’s efforts and create new initiatives (where necessary) to build upon our knowledge of these issues (engaged research and interdisciplinary courses), to support community partners who are engaged with these issues (community engagement), to advocate and spread awareness about homelessness and food insecurity issues on and off campus (advocacy) and to establish (or revise) university policies and practices.

Awardee - Dr. Mike Williams, Director, Changemaker Hub and Professor, Political Science and International Relations.

University of San Diego's Tijuana Hub and Classroom

Goal 5: Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation - The first stage of this initiative will map the current USD footprint in Tijuana, using a combination of platforms: the Collaboratory Tool funded by last Strategic Grant cycle, which produces reports on student, faculty and staff efforts in specific regions or themes; as well as relational meet-ups for campus players to share area updates. The second stage of this initiative will identify and pilot use of a physical presence in Tijuana. A co-located physical space accessible from the San Ysidro Ports of Entry would act as a: Hub for Tijuana-based USD activities and serve a myriad of USD stakeholders’ needs as a meeting space; location for confidential interviews; research center; art studio; temporary locker and storage; and space for collaboration with community partners.

Awardee - Rachel Christensen, Assistant Director, Center for Peace & Commerce.

More 2018-2019 Visionaries - Initiatives identified by the 2018-2019 Strategic Planning Steering Committee as having value but not appropriate for funding through the strategic initiative process are shared below. These projects are better served through the regular budget request process, alternate internal funding, or external grant funding. 

Goal 1: Enhancing Student Learning & Success - USD Science Communication Task Force - Proposal Submitted by: Dr. Andrew Nosal, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Environmental and Ocean Science, College of Arts and Sciences.

Goal 1: Enhancing Student Learning & Success - B.L.A.C.K Summer Bridge - Proposal Submitted by: Dr. Ashley C. Barton, Director, Black Student Resource Commons.

Goal 1: Enhancing Student Learning & Success - Increasing Retention of Underrepresented Students in STEM Through Undergraduate Research - Proposal Submitted by: Dr. Elisa Maldonado Greene, Director, Office of Undergraduate Research.

Goal 2: Strengthening Diversity, Inclusion, & Social Justice - Project INpower: Empower USD undergraduates @ the INclusive Learning INnovation Lab - Proposal Submitted by: Dr. Yaoran Li, Managing Researcher, Jacobs Institute, School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Goal 3: Improving Structural & Operational Effectiveness - USD Campus Efficiency Fund - Proposal Submitted by: Trey McDonald, Director of Sustainability.

Goal 4: Elevating Faculty & Staff Engagement - Changemaking through Implementation of Universal Design for Learning Principles - Proposal Submitted by: Dr. Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, Director, Center for Educational Excellence and Professor, Psychological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences.

Goal 5: Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation - Clean Water and Connected Health for Uganda's Children - Proposal Submitted by: Dr. James Bolender, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Goal 5: Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation - Envisioning 2024 Through Community-Based Investment - Proposal Submitted by: Malia Pfister, University Communications; and Pam Gray Payton, Assistant Vice President, Media Communications.

Goal 5: Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation - Supplier Diversity Program - Proposal Submitted by: Theresa Robinson Harris, Director, Procurement.

Goal 5: Amplifying Local & Global Engagement and Reputation - Polaris - Proposal Submitted by: Dr. Wendell Callahan, Director of Clinical Training, Professor of Practice, School of Leadership and Education Sciences.