The MU Extension Way

The MU Extension Way is a set of practices and principles that guide how our organization works to bring the university’s knowledge and expertise to the people and communities of Missouri. The dashboard below tracks extension’s progress in shaping a common framework of effective, high performing systems and structures in these key areas:

  • External relations
  • Budget
  • Staffing
  • Academic support
  • Inclusion

Whatever the scope or stage of completion, all efforts have in common the goal of creating an expectation and culture of high trust, open communication and high quality performance in support of a future-focused MU Extension and Engagement serving the needs and interests of all Missourians.

External Relations
County Administrative Support
X

County administrative support

  • Options for accessible health care — COMPLETED
  • Training/Development — TO BE LAUNCHED

 

 
Just started
Development, Fundraising, Grants
X

Development, Fundraising, Grants

  • Build local capacity — JUST STARTED
  • Align development/grants — TO BE LAUNCHED
  • Set targets and engage MU Extension community — TO BE LAUNCHED

 

 
To be launched
Extension Councils
X

Extension Councils

  • Revise the county extension council statute — TO BE LAUNCHED
  • Communication/tools to increase council understanding — COMPLETED
  • Opportunities to consider the "county option" — TO BE LAUNCHED

 

 
just started
Government Relations
X

Government Relations

  • Strengthen relationships with county commissions — IN PROGRESS
  • Share impact info with state/federal officials — IN PROGRESS
  • Develop new statewide partnerships — IN PROGRESS

 

 
in progress
Campus-wide Engagement
X

Campus-wide Engagement

  • Create MU engagement council — COMPLETED
  • Create MU engagement council inventory — IN PROGRESS

 

 
in progress
In-state Higher Education Partners
X

In-state Higher Education Partners

  • Partner with other public/private university/community colleges — IN PROGRESS
  • Consider leadership in Missouri Campus Compact — COMPLETED

 

 
in progress
University System Engagement
X

University System Engagement

  • Establish a UM System engagement roundtable — COMPLETED

 

Completed
 
Agreements
X

Agreements

  • Review & update all MOUs — TO BE LAUNCHED

 

 
To be launched
County by County Visits
X

County by County Visits

  • Feedback re: staffing plan, funding awareness, tools — COMPLETED
  • Connecting MU with local presence — IN PROGRESS
  • Funding awareness - tiered level — JUST STARTED

 

 
in progress
Specialist Travel
X

Specialist Travel

  • Standardized travel — JUST STARTED
  • MOUs for partnership (travel, YPA, admin support) — JUST STARTED

 

 
Just started
Communications
X

Communications

  • Evaluate needs and expectations — JUST STARTED
  • Consolidate dispersed staff — COMPLETED
  • Need for continous, consistent messaging — JUST STARTED

 

 
Just started
Budget
Compensation
X

Compensation

  • Increase starting salaries — COMPLETED
  • Address salary compression — COMPLETED
  • Review salary differentiation - discipline, location — JUST STARTED

 

 
in progress
Budget Cuts
X

Budget Cuts

  • FY18 cuts - slow hiring; reduce expenditures/travel — COMPLETED
  • Plan for FY19 budget cuts — JUST STARTED
  • Efficiency study of Whitten Hall — COMPLETED

 

 
in progress
Cost Dollars
X

Cost Dollars

  • Move from cost dollar proposal system to a strategic investment in organization-wide initiatives — COMPLETED

 

Completed
 
Fees
X

Fees

  • Develop clear guidelines/expectations for fees — IN PROGRESS
  • Implementation of incentive program — TO BE LAUNCHED

 

 
in progress
Funding Opportunities
X

Funding Opportunities

  • Commercial ag version 2-interdisciplinary approach — JUST STARTED
  • Next generation health-including opioid crisis plan — IN PROGRESS
  • Metro foods — TO BE LAUNCHED

 

 
just started
Smith-Lever Funds and University Appropriated Funds
X

Smith-Lever Funds and University Appropriated Funds

  • New budget process to reduce personnel to 90% by 2020 — JUST STARTED
  • Flexible funding for strategic initiatives — COMPLETED

 

 
in progress
Staffing
Regional Specialist Performance Appraisal System
X

Regional Specialist Performance Appraisal System

  • Move to G.R.O.W. appraisal model — COMPLETE
  • Focus on coaching and mentoring our faculty and staff — JUST STARTED
  • Mix of new and existing model for academics and others — IN PROGRESS

 

 
in progress
Performance Recognition/Reward System
X

Performance Recognition/Reward System

  • Create opportunities to reward excellence — COMPLETE
  • Recognition for top 10 percent performers — TO BE LAUNCHED
  • Create employee activity team — COMPLETE

 

 
in progress
County Program Director
X

County Program Director Staffing

  • Review need/role of CPD position — COMPLETED

 

Completed
 
Delivery Differentiation
X

Delivery Differentiation

  • High touch vs. High tech content — IN PROGRESS
  • Face-to-face vs. Swat team approach — TO BE LAUNCHED
  • Degree qualifications by program — IN PROGRESS
  • Hybrid program delivery — IN PROGRESS

 

 
in progress
New Personnel Needs
X

New Personnel Needs

  • Engagement — COMPLETED
  • Partnership — COMPLETED
  • Curriculum — COMPLETED
  • Development — COMPLETED
  • Accountability/reporting/evaluation — COMPLETED
  • Field operations — COMPLETED

 

Completed
 
Regional Specialists Positions
X

Regional Specialists Positions

  • 230 extension regional specialist positions — COMPLETED
  • Allocation of positions based on demographics, needs — IN PROGRESS

 

 
in progress
Professional Development
X

Professional Development

  • Centralize professional development funds and re-deploy — COMPLETED
  • CES and field faculty training — JUST STARTED

 

 
in progress
Regional Faculty Programming, Needs, Innovation
X

Regional Faculty Programming, Needs, Innovation

  • Balance programming time across statewide and local needs, innovation — JUST STARTED
  • Specialists with greater interdisciplinary expertise — TO BE LAUNCHED

 

 
just started
Review Non-Ranked Academic and Staff Titles, Duties, Salaries
X

Review Non-Ranked Academic and Staff Titles, Duties, Salaries

  • Begin review of non-ranked titles such as specialists, instructors. Work with human resources, regional directors and senior program directors — IN PROGRESS
  • Finalize recommendations. Submit to provost and campus human resources for implementation — TO BE LAUNCHED

 

 
Just started
Address Volunteer Systems — Organization Wide
X

Address Volunteer Systems — Organization Wide

  • Organize committee to review practices and processes, create manual — IN PROGRESS
  • Begin organization wide training — TO BE LAUNCHED

 

 
Just started
Academic Support
Program Alignment, Priority, Delivery
X

Program Alignment, Priority, Delivery

  • Needs assessment to clarify targets — COMPLETE
  • Staffing model initiated — JUST STARTED
  • Collaboration with Lincoln University — JUST STARTED

 

 
in progress
Program Development
X

Program Development

  • Adopt MU Extension program development model — COMPLETED
  • Provide trainings for support to implement — JUST STARTED

 

 
in progress
Curriculum
X

Curriculum

  • Develop clear process — IN PROGRESS
  • Identify lead — COMPLETED
  • Create system with funding from internal, external and fee generation — TO BE LAUNCHED

 

 
in progress
Evaluation/Reporting
X

Evaluation/Reporting

  • Identify evaluation process — IN PROGRESS
  • Identify and address reporting required — IN PROGRESS
  • Reconsider MyExtension — IN PROGRESS

 

 
in progress
Nexus@Mizzou
X

Nexus@Mizzou

  • Speed of launch to ensure high quality results — IN PROGRESS
  • Maximize return on investment of cost dollars — IN PROGRESS
  • Generate income, increase productivity and visibility — IN PROGRESS

 

 
in progress
Alignment and Support of MU’s Academic Teaching Mission
X

Alignment and Support of MU’s Academic Teaching Mission

  • Training and info for regional faculty/staff and county offices — IN PROGRESS
  • Participate in student recruitment/internships — IN PROGRESS
  • Stackable credits/online — IN PROGRESS

 

 
in progress
Alignment and Support of MU’s Research Mission
X

Alignment and Support of MU’s Research Mission

  • Strengthen communications and collaboration systems to highlight the broader impacts of the university — IN PROGRESS
  • Submit grant to host National Center at MU — IN PROGRESS
  • Strengthen relationship with Mizzou Advantage — TO BE LAUNCHED
  • Engaged scholarship seminars series — TO BE LAUNCHED

 

 
Just started
Inclusion
Inclusive Excellence Framework and Climate Survey
X

Inclusive Excellence Framework and Climate Survey

  • Work with Vice Chancellor for idea to pursue statewide discussions — IN PROGRESS

 

 
in progress