Coordinated Action Planning (CAP):

CONNECT!

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The College of Design (CDes) conducts ongoing Coordinated Action Planning (CAP) to determine and refine strategic priorities. The CAP process builds on prior planning efforts by members and friends of the College. Through broadly inclusive discussions, both free-form and guided by specific questions, CDes stakeholders have articulated goals to:

  • situate the entire College on one campus (ultimately the East Bank of UMN's Twin Cities campus)
  • develop first-year, “transfer-friendly," interoperable and interdisciplinary academic programs
  • redefine the College’s organizational structures (including administrative staff functions)
  • increase diversity
  • improve communications, including redesign of the website to reflect a unified College
  • improve student experiences
  • expand and increase revenues
  • become "whole"

The resounding sentiment expressed through the CAP process is that CDes members want to feel more like a community, maintaining our distinct strengths while sharing an identity and sense of purpose. Our overarching goal is to support students as they prepare to become creative leaders in an uncertain world, advancing the common good through work that is socially responsible and environmentally sustainable. We are enacting human-centered, community-based research while transforming curricula and organizational structures.

Meanwhile, CDes Coordinated Action Planning continues through open Forums, Blue-Sky Brown-Bag Lunch seminars, and ongoing discussions among collegiate committees and working groups. Your input is important as we continue to CONNECT! The schedule of Forums appears below and you can access notes and recordings here.

Fall 2019–Spring 2020 Forum Schedule

College of Design Forum
Wednesday, September 18
12:15–1:15 pm
Rapson 225

College of Design Forum
Monday, October 21
1:45–2:45 pm
McNeal 22

College of Design Forum
Wednesday, November 13
12:15–1:15 pm
Rapson 225

College of Design Forum
Monday, December 2
1:45–2:45 pm
McNeal 22

College of Design Forum
Wednesday, January 29
12:30–1:30 pm
Rapson 225

College of Design Forum
Friday, February 28
12:30–1:30 pm
McNeal 22

College of Design Forum
Wednesday, March 25
12:30–1:30 pm
Rapson 225

College of Design Forum
Friday, April 17
12:30–1:30 pm
McNeal 22

College of Design Forum
Wednesday, May 6
12:30–1:30 pm
McNeal 22