The DoD faculty met this past week at a don’t-call-it-a-retreat. The aims of the meeting included: making a mission statement for the department, writing a strategic plan, and eating meals on the university budget. After two days of intense discussion and stale institutional cookies, the department boldly resolved upon the following:
MISSION STATEMENT: Know more things!
STRATEGIC PLAN: Find out more things by reading more, listening to more people, and asking about stuff we don’t understand but sure would like to.
The administration has been restive awaiting the results of our don't-call-it-a-retreat so we plan to submit the new statement and plan sometime in the next year or, if we get distracted, then at least the year after that.