10. Pledges to External Stakeholders
Chapter 10 concludes this report with seven pledges
to the university’s external stakeholders.
In contrast to the great detail found in the extensive set of goals, objectives, and strategies reported in Chapter 9, the seven pledges are brief and broad. They reflect UALR’s broad commitments as a public university located in Little Rock today—commitments in response to the strategic challenges of the state, the central Arkansas region, and the greater Little Rock/North Little Rock metropolitan community.
UALR pledges to provide programs of study that will educate students to live, work, and lead in the complex, technological, and diverse world of the 21st Century.
This pledge reflects the core mission of the university. It requires excellent faculty who design and offer outstanding and up-to-date academic programs. A university that fulfills this pledge will not only serve its students well but will also have in place a substantial foundation for accomplishing its other purposes.
UALR pledges to shape its programs and align its resources to address state-identified priorities.
This pledge reflects the responsibilities of a public, state-supported university. This pledge means that UALR will address state-identified priorities for more baccalaureate degree graduates in general, and for more graduates specifically in high-tech and scientific disciplines, in nursing, and in teaching fields with critical shortages of teachers.
UALR pledges active support of regional and state strategies to speed economic development.
This pledge reflects an understanding that universities have become critical economic assets—indeed, economic engines—in a high-tech, knowledge-based economy. UALR will be a ready partner and a strong contributor to innovative entrepreneurship, research, and development activities in the region and in the state.
UALR pledges to work in partnership with governmental entities and community organizations and groups to solve community problems and advance the community in other ways.
This pledge reflects the outward orientation of a metropolitan university. This pledge means that UALR will share and leverage its resources through partnerships in active efforts to solve problems and otherwise advance the metropolitan community.
UALR pledges to be a keeper of the flame on the subject of race.
This pledge reflects recognition that race remains a foremost barrier to social and economic progress. Since it is an issue that communities large and small find difficult to confront and therefore often ignore, the university will provide leadership by focusing attention on the issue through an annual survey of racial attitudes and through related activities.
UALR pledges to be a keeper of the flame on the need for regional cooperation in central Arkansas.
This pledge reflects a recognition of new realities. In today’s highly competitive global economy, regional cooperation in economic development is a prerequisite of achieving a higher standard of living across the central Arkansas region. But more than economic development is at stake. In a state with limited resources, communities—whether large or small—that are able to work together can save money and at the same time improve services and amenities for their citizens.
UALR pledges to work as an active partner in revitalizing the University District, the area of the city immediately around the university.
This pledge embodies UALR’s desire to be a part of, not apart from, the city. The university accepts responsibility to join with city government, area businesses, churches, neighborhood organizations, and others to strengthen an area in the urban community that has been in slow decline.
UALR will adopt the measures and take the steps internally and externally—many of them stated in Chapter 9—required to make good on these seven pledges.